The moment is 9 a.m. this morning when Drudge still has in the top left — the prime placement – a misleading link claiming armed neo-Nazis are patrolling Sanford, Florida, where Trayvon Martin was shot:
I informed Drudge (via email, its tip box, and Twitter) about 14 hours ago that the link was misleading, as Sanford police denied such armed patrols were taking place. The linked story claims “heavily armed” patrols of 10-20 people. Many readers also reached out to Drudge as well.
Some media outlets did update their stories after they became aware that Sanford police were denying such patrols were taking place.
After I reached out to the author, The NY Daily News put up a new story in place of the prior story (I wonder, shouldn’t they have left the original and noted a correction?), highlighting the police denial. Mediaite not only posted an update, it also ran a separate story about the police denial. The Blaze noted the denial in an update.
But as of this writing, although I emailed the author last night, Gawker has not updated its story. Just like Drudge.
If we are going to not believe the liberal media, we have to expect better from the conservative media.
Update 4-8-2012 7 p.m. – Finally the original blog post which gave rise to an internet craze about neo-Nazis partolling the streets of Sanford now, finally, after millions read the story or heard about it without equivocation, carries this disclaimer:
UPDATE: The Sanford Police Department says that it has no evidence of neo-Nazis in the area. “We have not seen any neo-Nazis on patrol nor have we had any reports of them,” says Sgt. David Morgenstern. He added that there had been no sign of the New Black Panther Party, either.
Drudge has not updated, and still has as its top link:
Armed Neo-Nazis Now Patrolling Sanford, FL...