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News Corporation published and maintains false report

Marketwatch, Dow Jones, News Corporation falsely identifies the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives as "Majority Leader"

| By Greg Fisher

A website controlled by the company News Corporation published a false report.

The page at the internet address falsely identifies John Boehner as "House Majority Leader."

However, at the time of story, 2012, Boehner was the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. News Corporation's error occurs in the caption of a photograph. A video published by the Republican political party shows Boehner at the same podium, wearing the same necktie and using the same expression. The video's title is "We Can Do Better | Speaker John Boehner | 2012 Republican National Convention."

The News Corporation article also states, "For instance, a bill introduced last year by Senators Rob Wyden (D., Ore.) and Dan Coats (R., Ind.) that would have prevented municipal borrowers from issuing tax-exempt bonds never gained momentum, despite being a joint effort by both parties," although there has never been an Oregon U.S. senator named Rob.

The story is in a publication named Marketwatch, whose editor is Jeremy Olshan. Marketwatch is part of Dow Jones & Company, whose chief executive officer is William Lewis. Dow Jones is part News Corporation.

Keith Rupert Murdoch is identified as "Executive Chairman" of News Corporation. Its chief executive is Robert Thomson and the organization refers to his "editorial leadership." In an interview with Thomson, Peter Robinson of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University said that Thomson was born and raised in Australia.

Marte, J. (2012). Why a split Congress may help muni investors. Retrieved June 21, 2016, from

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