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Tulsan Beau Taylor began false report about death of UFC fighter Kimo Leopoldo

MICHAEL KIMBALL Modified: July 24, 2009 at 6:08 am •  Published: July 24, 2009
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/> "The Internet just exacerbates the problem.”

Web site bans Tulsan from posting again
Taylor said after the report was debunked, attention in many circles switched from Leopoldo to him. The Web site where Taylor started the thread has banned him.

TheSmokingGun.com, a Web site known for posting humorous mug shots and reporting on high-profile and odd crime, posted a story about the hoax and included a mug shot of a smiling Taylor after he was arrested Sunday in Tulsa on a public intoxication complaint.

According to a police report, security guards found Taylor passed out in his vehicle, and police officers later found him standing next to the vehicle. He told officers he had nine drinks before heading out for a pack of cigarettes.

Senat said he uses cases like these to illustrate his points in class.

"The lesson is you shouldn’t trust what you see on Web sites if you’re reporting,” Senat said. "That hurts their own credibility. But in the long run, it hurts all news sites’ credibility.”

CONTRIBUTING: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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