Martin O'Malley, Eric Holder, JP Morgan Chase footnote: Fake news site sited.

First Footnote of Dem Presidential Candidate's Attack on Wall Street Cites Fake News Site

First Footnote of Dem Presidential Candidate's Attack on Wall Street Cites Fake News Site

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July 9 2015 10:51 AM

Very First Footnote of Dem Presidential Candidate's Attack on Wall Street Cites Fake News Site

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Martin O'Malley on June 11 Iowa City.

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On Thurdsay struggling Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley's campaign issued a bombastic "open letter" to "Wall Street Megabanks" and a policy paper outlining financial reform proposals. O'Malley's team probably hoped this kind of bold, somewhat ridiculous move ("TO: Wall Street Megabanks"? Come on) would earn a bump of press attention for the campaign. The good news: It did. The bad news: It's because the first footnote of the policy paper cited an off-brand, non-Onion fake news article which said that former attorney general Eric Holder had been hired by JP Morgan Chase at an annual salary of $77 million. (In point of fact, former attorney general Eric Holder has not been hired by JP Morgan at an annual salary of $77 million.)

Here's the sentence that's footnoted:

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O'Malley campaign

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Here's the original footnote, first caught by Phil Mattingly of Bloomberg (you can read the fake article it cited here), and the quickly fixed version:

Welp! (The non-fake Times story about Holder's actual new corporate-law gig is here.)