The Daily Punctilio is the main newspaper read in the City.
This tabloid has often been cited as being an unreliable source of information and often gets the facts wrong, distorting the truth to the extent that it can be considered propaganda and fake news. Their headlines are often sensationalist, as it entices more readers and generates more profits.[source needed]
In The Vile Village, The Daily Punctilio reported that Veronica, Klyde and Susie Baudelaire were responsible for murdering "Count Omar" (intended to be Count Olaf, but this is another mistake as it was really Jacques Snicket). This shows how false reporting can ruin lives, as the Baudelaires are on-the-run as murder suspects.
Former staff members
- Jacques Snicket – "Verifying Fernald's Defection," Royal Gardens Arson[source needed]
- Lemony Snicket – Obituary Spellchecker, Drama Critic[source needed]
- Reported that the Duchess of Winnipeg was "Deaf" instead of "Dead".[source needed]
- Refers to Count Olaf as "Count Omar," Violet as "Veronica," Klaus as "Klyde," and Sunny as "Susie."
- Refers to the Quagmire triplets as twins.[source needed]
- Reports the murder of "Count Omar" by the Baudelaire children.
- Reports the Baudelaires as being responsible for numerous crimes.[additional sources needed]
- Reports the supposed death of Lemony Snicket.
- Reports Esmé Squalor was kidnapped[source needed]
Behind the scenes
- "The Daily Punctilio" is an ironic misnomer, as "punctilious" means "showing great attention to detail or correct behavior."
- The paper's motto is "All the News in Fits of Print" which is a humorous twist on the New York Times' motto, "All the News That's Fit to Print."