Fox News falls for LAPD 'jetpack' story

This has to be the funniest story of the day. The morning anchors at "Fox and Friends" reported today that the city of Los Angeles had ordered 10,000 space-age jetpacks for the police and fire departments — at $100,000 each. No, the broke city isn't actually spending a billion dollars so its cops can, you know, fly. "We haven't bought [squad] cars for two years," LAPD chief Charlie Beck told the LAT's Andrew Blankstein. Heck, many of Beck's cops are too young to have even seen "The Jetsons," the old cartoon that popularized jetpacks. Turns out Fox ripped this particular headline right out of the Weekly World News


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