Monday, September 30, 2002

Detective Mistakes Onion Story for Real News

A Coldwater, MI detective from the Branch County Sheriff's Dept., Detective Dan Nichols, mistook an Onion story about Al Qaeda terrorists running telemarketing scams and included the bogus information in a four-page press-release.

Explaining himself, Detective Nichols proclaimed, "We wanted people to be aware of telemarketing scams, and I used the information just in case there is a remote possibility," Nichols said. "We have no indication that Al-Qaida is involved, but we wanted people to know there are telemarketing scams."

Here's the actual Onion article the news report - which was also picked up by an area radio station - came from.

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