March 5, 2013
Baby Name Hoax
From Jacoba Urist, writing for Today:
The woman who claimed she won a $5,000 contest on a baby-name website to have an online vote determine her baby’s name is actually an actress, hired by the website’s founder to drum up publicity, the actress and website founder confessed.
Natasha Hill, a struggling single art teacher in Los Angeles, was named by the website Belly Ballot last month as the winner of an essay contest and the $5,000 prize for agreeing to let the Internet name her unborn baby.
Dozens of TV, online and print media outlets, including TODAY Moms and the TODAY and Weekend TODAY broadcasts, covered the story. “Saturday Night Live” even spoofed the contest. Hill, who said she was due in September, told TODAY Moms in a phone interview last week that she planned to use her winnings to pay off credit card debt and start her baby’s college fund.
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