Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Summer of Death 2010?!
Every so often, someone on the internet starts a rumor that a celebrity or some other well known public figure has died when it’s not true. On Tuesday, after three Democratic senators were subjects of false reports of their deaths, the U.S. Capitol Police got involved in the matter. Politico says, “Several news outlets received a hoax e-mail news release, announcing the death of Sen. Patrick Leahy on Tuesday.” Senator Leahy's spokesman, David Carle, denied the false press release saying the Senator is alive and well. Nearly identical fake releases about Sen. Frank Lautenberg and Senator Diane Feinstein also claimed that the pols were deceased. “U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider told POLITICO that the police are looking into the hoaxes but declined to say how many there were or to provide any other details.