The "Dating a Banker Anonymous" girls, who quickly became America's least favorite gold diggers when the NYT profiled them last month, now say that they were just playing around! But this doesn't absolve them, no:

The Times ran this correction today:

An article on Jan. 28 about women who commiserated over dating Wall Street bankers caught in the financial crisis described a group they had formed, Dating a Banker Anonymous, as a support group. That is the name of their blog. Its creators originally told The Times that about 30 women had participated, but since publication, they have said that all involved were friends. Laney Crowell, one of the women who started the blog, said in the article that it was "very tongue in cheek;" she has since described it as a satire that embellishes true experiences for effect. Had the nature of the blog been made clear at the outset, the article would have described it accordingly, not as a support group.

Okay fine, so they were exaggerating on their blog for effect and they lied about the whole "support group" thing.

But guess what: they still went out looking for fame, spawned worldwide media knockoffs, and—most importantly—actually are living, breathing, sashaying symbols of the deadly effects that the financial boom had on sex and love in America.

So yea, maybe the Times should have been more skeptical. But no takebacks, ladies; that DABA girl mentality is way too real. [via Business Insider]

UPDATE: The origin of the NYT correction was apparently this Newsweek story yesterday. It doesn't make the DABA girls sound much better, though.