A misunderstanding led to an incorrect story appearing on the Associated Press wire. The story said Thomas Ravenel, a candidate for U.S. Senate in South Carolina, was dropping out of the race.
“In rewriting an AP wire story about Mr. Ravenel for AP’s broadcast wire, a writer yesterday misconstrued the original text, resulting in a broadcast wire story saying that he was dropping from the race,” AP spokesperson Paul Colford told Poynter.
WBTW News producer Anna-Marie Bast reached out to the Associated Press to confirm the story, according to an image of an email published by fitnews.com. WBTW confirmed to Poynter that Bast reached out to the AP.
The false report “had fueled speculation that Ravenel opponents were trying to disrupt his candidacy as an independent,” Schuyler Kropf reports for The (Charleston, South Carolina) Post and Courier. Tim Rogers of AP’s Raleigh, N.C., bureau, told Kropf AP issued a correction, and that the “script went to TV and radio stations only.”