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Bug #30111 closed:corrected

Blog post omits USA Today's publication of bogus GE story

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This bug appeared in a news report published by USA Today on Apr 13, 2011 by Douglas Stanglin. View the original news report.
Bug Type:  Error of Omission

When reporting on the Associated Press's bogus GE tax refund story, the blogger failed to include that USA Today ran the story on its site and then pulled it down after realizing it was a hoax. By that point the story had already been picked up and repeated widely via USA Today. USA Today also failed to notify readers at the link to the retracted AP story or on its corrections page that it had run the bogus story.


Mark Follman has not contacted USA Today

Bug History

Apr 21, 2011 6:30 pm Open Mark Follman
Apr 21, 2011 6:42 pm Open: Under Discussion Mark Follman
Apr 21, 2011 6:42 pm Closed: Corrected Mark Follman

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NOTE: We entered this error report into our system retroactively (on 4/21) so that it would be included in our data; originally we had pursued the error directly with editors at USA Today via email correspondence. They subsequently posted correction notices, and we covered all the details on the MediaBugs blog, which you can read here:


Apr 21, 2011 6:42 pm