Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Bogus Story About Gun-Toting Idaho Teachers Prompts ABC Follow-up

Posted By on Tue, Oct 22, 2013 at 9:58 AM

The National Report touts itself as "American's No. 1 independent news source. Where the lamestream media leaves off, we pickup."

But it doesn't take long to figure out that the web-based platform, which includes such headlines as "NYC Mayor Bloomberg to Ban Buffets," and "Naptime Prepares Children for Socialist Entitlements," that the operation is pretty ridiculous.

But apparently, someone at ABC News took the bait.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that that an ABC News production assistant, saying he was with Diane Sawyer and 20/20 was developing a story about gun safety, and made reference to a National Report "story" which said the Coeur d'Alene School Board had granted teachers permission to carry concealed firearms on school grounds.

The story wasn't true.

But Laura Rumpler, communications director for Coeur d'Alene public schools said when she was asked by ABC about the story, she found herself refuting the false report instead of talking about the district's School Resource Officer program.

When the Press called Nigel Covington, the author of the National Report story (and allegedly the publication's editor-in-chief), Covington said, "I'm pleased that you picked up on the fact that it was satire before you published your story."

Meanwhile, officials at the Coeur d'Alene School District said they were saddened by the story's false assertions and that "student safety is not a laughing matter" in the district.

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