The New Yorker is known for its careful fact-checking, but The Borowitz Report — now under the magazine’s ownership — “will be as inaccurate as always, and if I ever write something that turns out to be true you have my deepest apology and my promise that it won’t happen again,” says Andy Borowitz.
He jokes that editor David Remnick will let him write whatever he wants, “as long as I don’t make fun of Malcolm Gladwell.”
Borowitz turns serious, though, in the New Yorker announcement:
My mom, Helen Borowitz, who died this month at the age of eighty-three, loved The New Yorker all her life and introduced me to it when I was a little boy. Seeing the Borowitz Report at The New Yorker would have made her so happy. I dedicate all my columns to her memory.
Borowitz told the Plain Dealer that his mother “had a great laugh, and she was a terrific audience.”
In a 2006 interview, Borowitz was asked about the genesis of The Borowitz Report. He told Allen Volvod:
There wasn’t one single moment. I had started writing fake news when I was an editor of The Harvard Lampoon in college. When I started going online (shockingly late, in 1997 or so) I started writing fake news stories and sending them to friends. I started the site in 2001 just to make it easier to send the stories out. I was really just doing it for me and my friends – I had no idea that millions of people would someday read it.
* Shocker: The New Yorker acquires the Borowitz Report (New Yorker)
* Borowitz in 2011: The New Yorker is always finding new comic voices (Beliefnet.com)
* Borowitz’s short comic arias for the New Yorker began in 1998 (Harvard Magazine)
* The Borowitz Report on Twitter | Andy Borowitz on Facebook