Tuesday night the Valley News in Riverside erroneously reported that County Supervisor Jeff Stone defeated Assemblyman Joel Anderson for the 36th Senate District seat, apparently because the reporter was only looking at the Riverside portion of the results.
A new story has since been posted, without a trace of the incorrect report or a correction.
Here is the first part of the story that was…and wasn’t…and now never existed:
Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
Issue 23, Volume 14
MURRIETA – Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone was the easy winner today in the race for the Republican nomination for the 36th Senate district seat being vacated by veteran lawmaker Dennis Hollingsworth, R- Murrieta.
He fended off competition from Assemblyman Joel Anderson, R-Alpine, Rancho San Diego pastor Greg Stephens and Murrieta attorney Kenneth Dickson.
By the way, since I posted this on the FlashReport yesterday, I’ve received more than one comment “letting me know” this is kind of like the classic Dewey-Truman reporting error (only not as big). Uhhh, yes, I thought the fake photo made that fairly clear.
I also had some people tell me to lay off the Valley News. My response: Get a sense of humor.
Photo thanks to Why we protest