AP falls for hoax press release saying GE will donate $3.2B refund
The fake release -- titled "GE Responds to Public Outcry – Will Donate Entire $3.2 Billion Tax Refund to Help Offset Cuts and Save American Jobs" -- was posted on genewscenters.com. || Here's the AP story that's based on the bogus release.
Joe Weisenthal writes:
It's a pretty sophisticated fake, since genewscenters.com is just one letter off from genewscenter.com, where GE actually hosts its news.
AP's kill notice:
Date: 4/13/2011 10:21 AM
Kill - BC-US--GE Tax Refund,KILL/46
Eds: BULLETIN KILL. Do NOT use BC-US--GE Tax Refund. A kill is mandatory. The story was based on a press release that GE says was a hoax.
STORY REMOVED: BC-US--GE Tax Refund
The Associated Press has withdrawn its story about General Electric repaying its entire $3.2 billion tax refund to the US Treasury on April 18. The story was based on a press release that GE says was a hoax.