Remember, fellow newspeople: Trust but verify. Less than an hour into breaking news coverage of the shooting at Los Angeles International Airport, and we’ve got a major publication falling for a news hoax.
The lede graf in Canadian newspaper Globe and Mail‘s story on the unfolding shooting read as such: “LAPD is reporting Ex-NSA Chief Michael Hayden has been shot dead at LAX. Radical Christian group has claimed responsibility on its website.” Screengrab via BusinessInsider’s Joseph Weisenthal:
That story, of course, turned out to be untrue. It was a hoax. Likely originating from this very fake Twitter account:
The Globe and Mail eventually got word that they’d been had, removed the lede, and sent out this tweet:
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