Yahoo! News Issues Correction After Describing Kenya As Obama’s Birthplace

June 21, 2013 3:13 p.m.

Yahoo! News issued a correction Friday evening after a reporter mistakenly referred to Kenya as President Barack Obama’s birthplace. 

A piece on Obama’s upcoming trip to Africa by Rachel Rose Hartman included a lede that echoed sentiments heard among the “birther” movement.

“President Barack Obama makes the first extended trip to Africa of his presidency next week—but he won’t be stopping in the country of his birth,” Hartman originally wrote. 

The screengrab below captures the error:



Approximately 90 minutes after the piece was published — and after several commenters identified the error — the lede was revised to refer to Kenya as Obama’s “ancestral homeland” and the article now includes a correction. 


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