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Claim: An Associated Press dispatch mistakenly sent out to newspapers included home phone numbers for hundreds of well-known sports figures.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2004]
Origins: We've truncated the list to the 'A' entries and removed the phone numbers in the example reproduced above, but it is a real excerpt from an Associated Press dispatch inadvertently sent out to newspaper sports departments on
The transmission of the list was soon followed by a second dispatch advising recipients to "Disregard" the previous dispatch.
According to the Los Angeles Times:
An AP spokesman called it an "inadvertent transmission."Last updated: 29 June 2007
Said Times Sports Editor Bill Dwyre: "Knowing [AP sports editor] Terry Taylor, there's going to be an opening in her department."
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