UK’s Sun Misreports Al-Qaeda Terrorism

the sun UKs Sun Misreports Al Qaeda TerrorismOn December 9 The Sun falsely reported that Al-Qaeda had targeted the Manchester set of British soap opera Coronation Street, where they were filming a live episode, says The Guardian.

The front page headline was “AL-QAEDA CORRIE THREAT” and the article said that police had thrown a “ring of steel” around the set after being tipped off that it could be “hit with a terror strike.”

“Further to our article about increased security at Coronation Street’s studios for their live 50th anniversary episode… we would like to make clear that while cast and crew were subject to full body searches, there was no specific threat from Al-Qaeda as we reported. We apologise for the misunderstanding and are happy to set the record straight.”

This story is particularly appropriate for the day America’s foremost journalist-who-cried-WMD Judith Miller was hired for her first print gig since resigning from The New York Times, at Christopher Ruddy’s Newsmax.

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