Associated Press Fact Checkers Too Busy Digging Through Sarah Palin’s Next Book to Verify GE Press Release?

So you can just send the AP a press release on phony letterhead and they’ll report it as fact without checking it out at all? I wish I’d have known that sooner — we could have had some serious fun.

From the Washington Times:

Some deft hoaxsters almost convinced the news media that General Electric decided to donate its entire $3.2 billion tax refund to the U.S. Treasury.

Almost.

“GE Responds to Public Outcry — Will Donate Entire $3.2 Billion Tax Refund to Help Offset Cuts and Save American Jobs,” read the convincing prank press release, which contained contact information, Web links, background information and a big “GE” logo in its proper shade of blue. The announcement arrived via email at about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at many news organizations, including The Washington Times.

Alas. The Associated Press took the bait.

The AP pulled the story, but Yahoo still has it posted for some reason.

Does Sarah Palin have another book coming out? Maybe that’s where their fact-checkers were yesterday.

(h/t Hot Air)

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