USA Today ran with a story Tuesday morning that “broke” news of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Cormac McCarthy‘s death.
The thing is, the 82-year-old All The Pretty Horses author is alive and well.
The newspaper took their information from a random account purporting to be a publisher, though it was an unverified prank account — and very quickly, the media outlet was forced to walk back their ill-advised “reporting.”
Ch-ch-check out how it all went down (below):
Maybe jumped the gun a little bit there, USA Today?!
After all, almost immediately they had to walk it back when they discovered things weren’t as they seem with McCarthy’s supposed “death” (below):
UPDATE: Author Cormac McCarthy is not dead, his publicist says. A “rogue” Twitter account posted that information.
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) June 28, 2016
Great job, guys.
In fact, they got SO far ahead of themselves, that they even dropped a “Breaking News” banner on their website without actually checking the facts (below):
That’s all random, and ridiculous, and bad journalism, but it was McCarthy’s publisher who dropped the tweet of the day regarding the whole mess (below):
Cormac McCarthy is alive and well and still doesn’t care about Twitter.
— Penguin Random House (@penguinrandom) June 28, 2016
Maybe a certain news website should take a lesson there…
[Image via PNP/WENN.]