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Saturday, May 20, 2023

All right then...

New York Post kicked up a hornet's nest last week with a story about a hotel in upstate New York where a group of veterans had been booted out of hotels to make way for migrants. 

The outrage in the right wing blogosphere was swift and merciless. Of course Fox & Co. took the story and poured gasoline on it.

Local politicians were understandably incensed.

Which is fine, except for the fact that the story was a complete hoax and fabrication.

Sharon Toney-Finch, the founder and head of a small local nonprofit, the YIT Foundation, which focuses on veterans issue and premature births (?) was the source of the original story. But it turns out the she recruited a group of 15 homeless men from a local shelter to impersonate veterans and talk to the press about their tale of woe.

A bunch of the homeless guys explained what happened to reporters and Toney-Finch has now seemingly admitted she made the whole thing up but not yet on the record for reporters. To add insult to injury, Toney-Finch didn’t even pay the homeless guys the $200 a piece she promised for participating in the scam.

There was a story this morning that Fox is radically denuding its investigative news department. Isn't that the one department they should keep and strengthen? Might want to slow that down a little bit, Rupert. Hire an editor that can vet stories like this.

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