Newspaper Says Mysterious Phone Call With Dem Candidate Was Actually Wrong Number

A local Michigan paper on Thursday said a mysterious interview with a Democratic congressional candidate was actually a misdial.

In January, National Review highlighted a peculiar report from The Daily Mining Gazette about Democratic congressional candidate Jerry Cannon, who is running against Rep. Dan Benishek (R-MI).

The original Daily Mining Gazette report quoted Cannon as criticizing Obamacare. The paper later backtracked on the story and National Review suggested that someone else had perhaps answered the phone and impersonated Cannon.

Now, in a story titled “Gazette Looks To Set The Record Straight,” the Daily Mining Gazette said the call for the complete interview was to a wrong number:

The management of The Daily Mining Gazette has no doubt Neese spoke to someone that morning who made the comments printed. But apparently the call was made to a wrong number.

For the past several weeks the Gazette has searched computer records of all phone calls made from the editorial offices on that day. The Gazette has found no record of a call placed to any number associated with the Cannon campaign.

The Gazette believes those comments attributed to Gen. Cannon were indeed made by someone else.

A correction of the Jan.16 article appears on page 3A of today’s edition.

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