The Associated Press has issued a huge correction after one of its reporters, Christopher Newton, quoted more than 45 fictitious sources in his stories.

Newton was incredibly brazen, making up numerous professors, researchers, and public policy organizations. Some of the sources were placed at real institutions such as the University of Texas, the National Organization for Women, and Consumer Reports magazine, but he wasn't caught for several years.

Matt Drudge got away with something similar last year, quoting Drudge Report webmaster and friend Andrew Breitbart in a story about Sidney Blumenthal and claiming he was a professor of the fictitious Cashmere Institute of Media Studies.

-- Rogers Cadenhead

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