Robert Durst is 'a member of a band'? AP confuses accused murderer with Fred Durst, Limp Bizkit Frontman - iMediaEthics

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It was a pop culture mash-up in the Associated Press newsroom when the editors, presumably asleep at the switch, allowed a big error to slip through to publication.

The Associated Press confused real estate heir Robert Durst, the man recently arrested in New Orleans for first-degree murder, with Fred Durst, whose claim to fame was being frontman for the band Limp Bizkit.

The AP made the error in a “brief” sent out to “the Californnia broadcast wire,” the AP told media blogger Jim Romenesko, who reported on the correction.

The March 17 correction stated:

“In the second item of the California 10th NewsMinute sent March 16 to users of the state broadcast wire, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Robert Durst is a member of a band. He is a real estate heir; Fred Durst is a member of the band Limp Bizkit.”

Hat Tip: Mediaite

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