Oops! He's alive! Radio station WBAP falsely reports that George H.W. Bush died
Dallas-based radio station WBAP spent the day apologizing — for erroneously reporting the death of former president George H.W. Bush.
Clearly, Eric Nicholson at the Dallas Observer is checking his email during this blustery holiday break, as he reported the snafu and received a shout-out from media guru Jim Romenesko.
At 12:08 pm Thursday, the news and talk radio station owned by Cumulus Media (the nation's second largest operator of FM radio stations) sent a breaking news email alert to listeners that featured a black and white picture of Bush superimposed over a waving American flag. Above it, a headline read, “The Death of a President: George H.W. Bush.”
"Mr. Bush has not passed away," the email read. "We sincerely apologize for this error."
However, the former president is indeed still alive, and his long time chief of staff recently released a statement to the national media urging everyone to “put the harps back in the closet,” as in Bush isn’t going anywhere.
The radio station sent another email a few moments later, retracting its previous alert. "Mr. Bush has not passed away," the email read. "We sincerely apologize for this error."
Bush has been receiving treatment at Methodist Hospital in Houston since late November for a stubborn cough that followed an episode of bronchitis. A spokesperson says that he was moved to the intensive care unit and placed on a liquid diet earlier this week due to a persistent fever.