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)

Comments

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

  1. Nanny on April 14th, 2011 10:45 am

    Fact checkers should be panning Zero's speech – or should I say the teleprompter's speech. 50 million losing their insurance??? The elderly and young dying in droves??? You know what Zero may be onto to something???

    I think I am going to go into a new business venture. I'm going to buy a Government Motors big truck (hopefully with a tax incentive) and put a refrigeration unit on the back (a green unit made by GE hopefully with another tax incentive) and I will travel our 57 states picking up the dead bodies to deliver to the morgues. I am sure I can get my two liberal senators from Michigan to provide guberment mandated fees for this service and from these fees I will pay myself wages set forth by the guberment (Davis Bacon Act). According to that scale I can pay myself $32.86 per hour. Don't you just love this country!!!!

  2. Marshall_Will on April 14th, 2011 11:46 am

    "(hopefully with a tax incentive)" Lol! Perfect, other than delivering said "victims of corporate greed" to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave? Not to be morbid but we're doubting it's "50 million"?

    Part & Parcel with The Disinformation Age. The Professional Left has been so willing to exploit the chaos out there and fill the void w/ misleading "info" they've unleashed this upon themselves. Not only did F&F cover this, but HLN did as well!

    I'm sure Media Matters (?) is all over this!

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