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Varney of Fox Business acknowledges story was wrong

May 12, 2012

Posted by Chris Roush

James King of the Village Voice reports that Stuart Varney of Fox Business Network has finally acknowledged that a story he did on a Craigslist ad encouraging people to go to a protest did not actually involve the Occupy Wall Street movement.

King writes, “We’d also like to note that during the original broadcast, Varney did acknowledge that the ad was posted on Craigslist and ‘people may question the authenticity.’

“That said, we did question the authenticity of the ad, and were able to prove (with a quick Google search) that Occupy Wall Street had nothing to do with it.

“Varney, on the other hand, didn’t bother to do that. He suggested during the broadcast that OWS posted the ad and then it was presented as fact on his Facebook page, which has more than 10,000 followers.

“See the image posted on Varney’s Facebook page — with the caption ‘”HELP WANTED! Even as the weather gets warmer, the Occupy movement seem to be having trouble finding fresh protesters. Just take a look at this ad posted over the weekend’ — below.

“The photo has since been removed from Varney’s Facebook page — but not before it tallied 173 Facebook shares, 146 ‘likes,’ and over 100 comments, the vast majority of which were mocking the OWS movement. However, Varney’s Facebook page doesn’t mention why the photo was removed, which undoubtedly has left (at least) hundreds of people believing the bullshit story.”

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