April Fools Editions Have High Price for Some
Many publications that have produced April Fools issues are finding that readers do not often suffer foolery gladly. College newspapers, in particular, have been the target of complaints and legal actions after publishing content deemed offensive and defamatory.
One example is given in this CNN story: "Carnegie Mellon's paper, The Tartan, voluntarily shut down for the rest of the semester after publishing a racially charged cartoon in its 12-page spoof edition. The cartoonist lost his job, and the editor in chief -- who blamed fatigue for clouding editors' judgment -- is taking a leave of absence until fall."