Morning Media Newsfeed: AP Retracts Report on McAuliffe | Jessica Yellin Out At CNN | Wolf Blitzer Gets Political

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Associated Press Retracts Erroneous Report About Terry McAuliffe (TheWrap)
The AP made a major error on Wednesday in a report that accused Terry McAuliffe, a Democratic candidate in Virginia’s gubernatorial race, of lying to a postal inspector during an investigation into an insurance scam. The Atlantic Wire The story, which is still up on some websites with an accompanying disclaimer, claimed that “Terry McAuliffe lied to a federal official investigating a Rhode Island estate planner now imprisoned for receiving death benefits on annuities secured on terminally ill people without their knowledge.” The mistake in the AP’s reporting comes from misidentifying a suspect referred to by the initials T.M. NY Magazine / Daily Intelligencer The initial report, from AP political writer Bob Lewis, cited a 2011 indictment against a man named Joseph Caramadre as the man who figured out a way to reap the benefits of death annuities on strangers. McAuliffe’s name really did appear on a list of Camaradere’s investors. But the significant detail that he was accused of lying to investigators about it was a mistake. Politico The AP issued a rare withdrawal notice for the story at 11:25 p.m. — a major blow to an organization that distributes news to member organizations worldwide, many of which post alerts and stories to the Web almost instantaneously, potentially prolonging the lifespan of any error. Poynter / MediaWire On Twitter Lewis said the mistake was his: “The error was mine and I take responsibility for it.”

Correspondent Jessica Yellin Leaving CNN (TVNewser)
TVNewser has learned that CNN correspondent Jessica Yellin is parting ways with the cabler. CNN shuffled its DC correspondent lineup in August sending Yellin from the White House beat to domestic affairs correspondent. TheWrap Yellin, who joined the network from ABC, was its White House correspondent until August, when a D.C. bureau shuffle moved her to the newly created domestic-affairs beat. At the time, CNN framed this as a promotion, saying Yellin would also fill in as a substitute anchor. Apparently, Yellin wasn’t thrilled with the move, as she has reportedly split with the network she joined in 2007 as a Capitol Hill correspondent, then a national political correspondent. She’s been lying low on Twitter lately; a usually frequent tweeter, she hasn’t posted anything since Sept. 29. HuffPost Yellin’s exit is the latest change at CNN under Jeff Zucker. Zucker has overseen the departures and arrivals of numerous personalities — including Stephanie Cutter, Newt Gingrich, Van Jones and S.E. Cupp, who joined the network as the co-hosts of the new “Crossfire” in September — since taking over as president.

Wolf Blitzer Causes Stir With Comments on Health Care (NYT)
The CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer put himself into the middle of the political warfare over the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday when he said on the air that the Obama administration should “accept the advice that a lot of Republicans are giving them” and delay the start of the program for a year. National Review / The Corner “They know how to do it, but if they didn’t get it ready on time, then maybe fix the problem and make sure people don’t have to worry about it,” he added. Since the online exchanges launched last week, users across the country have complained about the website’s glitches. The Obama administration says it does not know how many people have enrolled in a new plan through the exchanges. Time / Swampland Republicans pounced on the remarks. Texas Congressman Steve Stockman and Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus tweeted their agreement. Blitzer clarified his remarks in a tweet, saying his comments were limited to launching the websites before they worked, not his views on the law itself.

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