PSA: Chief Batts Resigned Two Weeks Ago; Please Stop Retweeting Our Story

Guys, we need to talk. Specifically, about the fact that our two-week-old story on former police chief Anthony Batts resigning has now gone mega-viral, apparently because people are mistakenly thinking he resigned because of the Occupy Oakland shitstorm. (For the record: Batts resigned two weeks ago for reasons entirely unrelated to Occupy — and his replacement, interim chief Howard Jordan, who’s been leading the department through said shitstorm, is totally still there.) Regardless, though, looks like someone shared the story on Twitter at some point yesterday, and it then, somehow, managed to get retweeted by hundreds of people — including various Occupy-related Twitter accounts, Morgan Fairchild (!!), and Dave Weigel of Slate (he quickly corrected). But despite his, our, and other tweeps’ efforts to correct the record, people are still fucking retweeting it. The post has been the top-read story on the site for at least 24 hours, and is now one of our most-Facebooked articles of all time — which would be awesome except it isn’t true. So please, for the love of all that is true and holy, take a sec to check the story’s publication date, read the oh-so-subtle all-caps editors’ note we’ve appended to the top of it, and move along. There’s nothing to see here.

even Morgan Fairchild got it wrong!
  • even Morgan Fairchild got it wrong!


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