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Friday, February 13, 2009
Examiner Repeats False Pelosi Mouse Claim
Topic: Washington Examiner

A Feb. 13 Washington Examiner "family-friendly news satire" by Scott Ott (not on the Examiner website as far as we could tell) begins with the claim that "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended the inclusion of $30 million in stimulus package money to preserved the habitat of the endangered Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse."

The mouse story is false. There is no money in the stimulus bill dedicated to protecting the salt marsh mouse. Nevertheless, Matt Drudge and Fox News promoted the claim, which is likely where Ott picked it up.

Hint to Ott: Satire works better when it's based on truth. 

Posted by Terry K. at 2:59 PM EST

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