Claim: An Associated Press news article about the Washington Navy Yard shootings was dated the day prior to the events it described.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, September 2013]
Origins: At about 8:20 A.M. on the morning of
Later that day, some viewers noted that an Associated Press account of the shootings published on various online news sites was datelined
Conspiracy buffs promulgated claims that the dating of these articles indicated foreknowledge of events and demonstrated that the shootings had been planned and executed as a "false flag" event through the involvement of some government entity:
In fact, the Associated Press article in question was not actually written and published until after the events it described took place, and it was simply misdated on some sites during the process of disseminating the copy across the online news network. Some of the sites that initially carried the article with a
Conspiracy theorists from across the continent have called, emailed and posted comments wondering how we could have posted The Associated Press story before the events even happened.
For the record, what we call wire copy flows through the site automatically, all day long. It’s not uploaded manually by anyone.
We obviously didn’t know about the shooting in advance and will address the incorrect clock on the site with our IT staff.
Because the date stamp was off, it made it appear as if Monday's story on the shooting was posted on Sunday. It wasn't; that's just what the date stamp says. We got the story at the same time every other media received it from The Associated Press.
Last updated: 17 September 2013