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Fox’s Gretchen Carlson, NBC’s Luke Russert Falsely Report Congressman’s Death

Near the top of her new daytime Fox News show The Real Story today, Gretchen Carlson reported that Rep. Bill Young (R-FL) had died at the age of 82. There’s just one problem: he hasn’t.

It wasn’t until two segments and nearly 20 minutes later that Carlson issued her on-air correction, telling viewers she was “sorry to report” that her team had gotten the story wrong and Rep. Young is still alive. “Hopefully that won’t happen again,” she said.


As of 2:30pm ET, the Washington Post is reporting that Young is “gravely ill” and that his unspecified medical condition “turned for the worse over night.” Joining the Congress in 1971, Young is the fourth-longest serving current member of the House.

But Carlson was not the only reporter to get the story wrong. NBC News’ Luke Russert tweeted that Young had died at 1:54pm ET, a full ten minutes before Carlson’s on-air report.

He later corrected the report with a statement from the family:

Watch Carlson’s original report and subsequent retraction below, via Fox News:

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