Fox News accidentally jumped the gun a little today, briefly publishing the draft of a report prepared in the case that outgoing FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe got fired.
There have been reports that McCabe may get fired before his retirement officially starts this weekend and lose his pension, following a recommendation from the disciplinary office.
Well, with so much attention on what AG Jeff Sessions will decide, Fox News accidentally published a pre-write with some details before any announcement was made:
Someone at Fox News accidentally published the draft of a “McCabe fired” story, even though the firing hasn’t happened. Twitterers are starting to share the link, thinking it’s real. pic.twitter.com/QZPkLcyFLN
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) March 16, 2018
The post was up on the site for around 45 minutes before being taken down.
Mediaite received this statement from Editor-in-Chief and VP of Fox News digital Noah Kotch:
FoxNews.com accidentally published on Friday evening a draft version of a news report that was being prepared on standby in the event that Andrew McCabe was fired. This mistake was the result of a technical error. The article was never surfaced on the website, and it was immediately taken down. We sincerely regret this serious error.
UPDATE –– 11:28 pm ET: McCabe was fired hours later.
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