Washington Post congressional reporter Paul Kane tweeted an apology to his 10,000 followers late Monday after editors mistakenly published a story headlined “Biden to launch presidential campaign,” according to Politico.
Before the apology, Twitter fingers rushed to click on a link that led readers to a Post website titled “Editor’s Note: This file was inadvertently published,” notes the report. Alas, it wasn’t a news story, just a “shell” or advance story that the paper could publish fast in case Vice President Joe Biden announces a run for president.
Post congressional reporter Paul Kane, whose byline appeared on the article, was quick to tweet out the details. It seems this wasn’t news published before it was ready—just a “shell” story prepared so that the Post could push the button faster in case Biden did announce.
“Earlier tonight, a technical glitch caused publication of a just-in-case/when-we-kno story of VP running for president,” he told his 10,000 followers on Twitter. “It happened when editors were embedding video file. It carries my byline. I regret that it was published accidentally. Deep apologies.”
A Washington Post spokesman confirmed Kane’s account to Politico, saying, “The story was immediately pulled down, and the Post regrets the error.”
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