Occupy the Press Releases

December 6, 2011 7:47 pm

Late Tuesday evening, a press release went out to numerous political journalists with stunning news. Mega-union SEIU had voted to withdraw its recently bestowed endorsement of Barack Obama. That’s certainly not unimaginable — SEIU often takes its own path and has a conflicted relationship with the Democratic party establishment.

Only it wasn’t true.

It was a pretty real looking hoax press release that managed to snare a number of reporters who posted the news on twitter.

Mark McCullough, the real one not faux “Mark McCullough”, the guy who sent out the fake press release, confirmed to TPM that the announcement was a hoax. We’re told SEIU (no bizarro endorsement-retracting “SEIU”) will be issuing a statement shortly.

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