Breaking News: Fox News Falls for Fake Clinton Letter

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Editor’s Note: The Fox News Corporation is jumping all over a letter demanding that restaurant Osso Buco’s Albanian owner Nino Selimaj remove a photo featuring himself with Chelsea Clinton which has adorned the restaurant for years. Well… the letter is a fake. They just haven’t realized it yet. Below is an article posted today on

“It’s easy enough to fake letters from public offices,” says prankster and satirist Joey Skaggs. As evidence, check out the Brooklyn Bridge Lottery hoax. In 1992, Skaggs faked an inter-office memo from then Mayor David Dinkins, purporting that the City was planning a lottery to sell the Brooklyn Bridge. In addition to a million dollar prize, the winner would have the bridge named after him or her for five years. The proceeds would help to pay for the restoration of the decaying bridge.

092607_chelseapic-200.jpgNew York Restaurant Owner ‘Shocked’ Over Ex-President Clinton’s Demands to Remove Chelsea Photo
September 26, 2007
by Catherine Donaldson-Evans

NEW YORK “” The owner of a New York City restaurant is “heartbroken” over a letter he received from former President Bill Clinton’s lawyer asking that a photograph of daughter Chelsea be removed from his eatery “” or face legal action.

The photo, taken of the former first daughter with Osso Buco owner Nino Selimaj, has been on display in the window of the Greenwich Village haunt for about five years, the restaurateur said. It was snapped when Chelsea, now 27, was having dinner there with a group of about 30 friends.

But Selimaj said he was shocked when he received a letter from Clinton”™s lawyer Douglas J. Band on Sept. 18 threatening legal action if the photograph of “private citizen” Chelsea was not taken down. The photograph is still on display near the front entrance of the restaurant “” only now, the letter is posted alongside it.

“We ask that you immediately remove that picture and any and all pictures displaying Ms. Clinton,” the letter warns. “We reserve the right to exercise any and all options available to us if you refuse to comply.”

Selimaj said he won”™t take the picture down unless he”™s “forced,” and he”™d like to try to resolve the matter with the former president first. The Italian restaurant owner”™s office was in the process of drafting a reply Wednesday that he hoped would be sent off by day”™s end.

“I was disappointed because she meant a lot to me. I was heartbroken,” he told “I don”™t think I”™m taking it down until I”™m forced. I hope I”™m solving the problem with him with a letter.”

Selimaj has several pictures of celebrities on the walls inside his restaurant and a few, along with Chelsea’s, displayed on the eatery’s front window. Read the rest of the story here.