Whoops, O'Malley Footnotes a Fake News Story

It's overshadowing his diatribe against 'megabanks'
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 9, 2015 1:50 PM CDT
Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley gives a foreign policy speech in DC last month.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – Martin O'Malley just cannot catch a break in this campaign. With Bernie Sanders stealing his progressive votes, the former Maryland governor sought to make up ground today by going after US "megabanks," reports Bloomberg. He thinks they should be dismantled and charged with criminal wrongdoing, because it's time to "put an end to too-big-to-fail, too-big-to-manage, and too-big-to-jail financial firms." The problem is that he's drawing more headlines for a related gaffe—his original paper included a footnote to a fake story by a satirical website, reports Phil Mattingly at Bloomberg.

The errant footnote goes to a story in the Daily Currant (think the Onion) headlined "Eric Holder Takes $77 Million Job With JP Morgan Chase." In fact, the former attorney general has been rehired by the law firm Covington & Burling, and not for $77 million. The footnote got changed after the error came to light. (Read more Martin O'Malley 2016 stories.)

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