From today's L.A. Times:
An article in Tuesday's Section A about tensions over the federal effort to reintroduce wolves into parts of the West wrongly attributed to Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal a statement that Wyoming considered the Endangered Species Act no longer in force and "now considers the wolf as a federal dog." The statement, which was circulated on the Internet, was purportedly from Freudenthal but was in fact a hoax.
And now from the Associated Press story about the correction:
GREEN RIVER, Wyo. (AP) - A quote in a fake news release that was intended as an April Fool's joke ended up in a front-page story in the Los Angeles Times.
The story in Tuesday's editions of the Times noted how successful the reintroduction of wolves had been 10 years ago, but said the predators remained controversial.
"In Wyoming, for example, Gov. Dave Freudenthal last April decreed that the Endangered Species Act is no longer in force and that the state 'now considers the wolf as a federal dog,' unworthy of protection,'' the story read.
The Times printed a correction Wednesday, acknowledging that the news release was a hoax.
"The reporter saw it on the Internet and had talked with the governor in the past, so she was familiar enough with the way he talks and writes that she thought it sounded authentic, and she didn't check, which she should have,'' Times Deputy Metro Editor David Lauter told the Casper Star Tribune.
"We hate when this kind of thing happens, and we correct it as quickly as we can,'' Lauter said.
The fake press release was put together by Maury Jones, an outfitter in the community of Afton, as a joke for April Fool's Day.
"I never thought I'd get this kind of reaction,'' he said. "But it's got some legs.''