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Globe And Mail Erroneously Claims Ex-NSA Chief Michael Hayden Killed at LAX (TheWrap)
In yet another in a long list of major breaking news errors committed by major news outlets, Canada’s Globe and Mail falsely reported that ex-NSA chief Michael Hayden was killed in Friday’s shooting at Los Angeles International Airport. In a report attributed to “Reuters and Associated Press,” Globe and Mail wrote “LAPD is reporting Ex-NSA chief Michael Hayden has been shot dead at LAX. Radical Christian group has claimed responsibility on its website.” Gawker Canada’s Sun News Network and the BBC both repeated the hoax report without a source, and all have since scrubbed the claim from their sites. The Globe and Mail eventually retracted the report and replaced it with the line “Reports that a former NSA chief was among the victims appear to be a hoax.” It appears the hoax first surfaced on a fake breaking news Twitter account with a single tweet. Poynter John Stackhouse, the Globe and Mail’s editor-in-chief, tells Poynter via phone that the “embarrassing” mistake was an occasion to reiterate the newsroom’s policies for verifying breaking news. “It was an unfortunate human error made by people not following the practices and procedures we have in place,” he said. FishbowlNY The offending Twitter account has now been deleted. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Getting it wrong seems to have become the industry standard. There are apologies, corrections (though not always), and then the next time a gun goes off or a ruling gets made we see the same old mistakes.

Barack Obama Blogs About Discrimination for Huffington Post (The Atlantic Wire)
Barack Obama: President of the United States, Huffington Post blogger. In a post on Sunday night, Obama made the case for Congress to finally pass ENDA, otherwise known as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. The measure would protect gay and transgender employees from discrimination on the basis of their orientation or gender identity, and it goes up for a vote in the Senate Monday night. Speaking of that lack of protection for LGBT Americans, the president wrote: “It’s offensive. It’s wrong. And it needs to stop, because in the United States of America, who you are and who you love should never be a fireable offense.” NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer Obama publishes traditional op-eds in daily newspapers with some regularity — on U.S. relations with Latin America in the Miami Herald, on the threat of cyber attacks in The Wall Street Journal, on Title IX for Newsweek — but he’s also the first president to do a Reddit AMA. That appearance put him in unfiltered contact with the site’s many denizens for several hours. Naturally, the HuffPost item is a lot more polished than his Reddit answers, and there’s not a lot in Obama’s piece that could be considered controversial. But the very act of contributing to a site well known for not paying its writers comes at an awkward time, following Tim Kreider’s recent opinion piece about “slaves of the Internet” being asked to write for free.

A Call for 60 Minutes to Retract Report on Benghazi Attack (TVNewser)
CNN’s Reliable Sources discussed the credibility of the Oct. 27 60 Minutes report about the 9/11/12 attacks in Benghazi. Lara Logan‘s report relied on the eyewitness account of Dylan Davies, a British security contractor at the time, who went by the name Morgan Jones for the CBS report, and as the author of a book on the subject. An official incident report differs from the version of events Davies’ writes about in his book, and conveyed to Logan. It also differs from the accounts that Davies gave to the FBI and various other U.S. agencies. 60 Minutes, caught between Davies’ account and what the government says really happened, has not responded. Media Matters has already called on CBS News to retract the report. Daily Beast / Washington Bureau In an interview Saturday with The Daily Beast, Davies said he did not write the incident report, nor had he ever seen it. “I am just a little man against some big people here,” Davies said. “They can do things, make up things, anything they want, I wouldn’t stand a chance.” Davies said he did not know who leaked the report to The Washington Post but said he suspected it was the State Department, an allegation that could not be independently corroborated. Foreign Policy / The Cable It’s certainly possible that Jones’ account on 60 Minutes is the accurate portrayal of his activities the night of the attack as opposed to the account given to his employer. However, if that’s not the case, there certainly will be a number of journalists, Hollywood executives, publishers and politicians with egg on their faces.