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Aug 20, 2008 12:56 PM

Chowhound & the mythical $8 nectarine

On August 15, somebody posted on the SF board a second-hand story that Zuni Cafe was selling a single nectarine for $8.

By the time someone from the restaurant posted that they actually charge $4,50, the "$8 nectarine" story had been picked up by around 200 food blogs.

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  1. The power (or not) of the Internet?

    1. It was also reported in today's Chronicle, Leah Garchik's column in the datebook.

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      1. re: Euonymous

        So much for the theory that blogs don't fact check, but traditional news media does.

        1. re: Fig Newton

          if you read the article, it mentions the actual diners by name, which the post on CH did not, so I would guess that Garchik did verify what they actually paid with the diners directly (though of course, as Zuni notes in the original post, they may have been mischarged. or could be mistaken).

          But then again, Garchik is an entertainment columnist, not a food columnist...(it appears that the reason it made the column is that the diners were filmakers).

          1. re: Fig Newton

            Garchik's a gossip columnist. No tradition of fact-checking in gossip columns.

        2. Kind of shocking to see that this appeared in the SF Chronicle without any attempt to substantiate the $8 price tag. I mean, sure, it's Leah Garchik, but how irresponsible is that? I fall into the camp that still thinks there is a problem with a $4.50 nectarine (Robert feels differently), but still, some accuracy would go a long way here.

          1. it's the modern-day version of "telephone." by the time the story makes its way down to the end of the communication line, the 10-pound mackerel some guy caught on his fishing trip has morphed into a 100-pound shark that jumped onto the deck of the boat & almost bit his leg off.

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            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              Not really. People just copy and paste, so the same imaginary $8 nectarine showed up on hundreds of lazy bloggers' blogs.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                i guess i was assuming the "telephone" phenomenon was responsible for inflating the price from the actual $4.50 charge to the purported $8.00. either way, these bloggers need to start conducting their due diligence!

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  Bloggers have no obligation to do any due diligence. Blogs are nothing more than journals. I don't expect any more or less from a blog than I do from a journal entry of a 14 year old in her own personal diary.

              2. No, no, no... You all have it all wrong. It was an 8-pound nectarine that ate Zuni Cafe!

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