AP falls for hoax press release saying GE will donate $3.2B refund

Business Insider
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The Associated Press has withdrawn its story about General Electric repaying its entire $3.2 billion tax refund to the US Treasury on April 18.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.
The AP

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  • Anonymous

    “…where GE actually hosts its news…” — Business Insider

    No.

    GE, and other companies, host only their press releases, announcements and disclosures.