GetReligion has picked up the story of those fake lead “Jesus tablets” or whatever you want to call them. In particular, Mollie discusses how the media handled the issue. Larry Hurtado and April DeConick are mentioned, and the contributions of other unnamed academic bloggers get a nod. The post ends,
There are so many lessons here. The mainstream media need to do a much better job of checking in on academic blogs and other social media tools that are readily at their disposal. They need to be more skeptical, in general, and specifically when dealing with obvious problems. Antiquities fraud is a serious issue and the model of hyping a discovery in the press is a common route for less-than-savory characters involved in the trade. It’s understandable that a reporter and editors can be had, but when they discover they’ve been had, they need to correct quickly.
And maybe we can have a moratorium on “crazy new discovery about Jesus” stories that happen to run within a few weeks of Easter each year.