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Associated Press issues correction after embarrassing mistake attributing comments to a deceased Hispanic radio talk show host

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The Associated Press issued a correction after it was caught in an embarrassing mistake involving comments attributed to a popular Hispanic radio commentator who died in 2020.

The AP cited comments from Martha Flores, a popular radio talk show host in Miami, Florida, in their report documenting Floridians' reactions to a large media company forming to push Democratic talking points among Hispanics.

The mistake was caught by commentator and former Blaze reporter Giancarlo Sopo, who mocked the AP on his Twitter account.

"I'm so confused by this article. The AP says it interviewed Miami Radio host Martha Flores on Wednesday, but she's been dead for two years. How the hell did they pull this off? Séance? An ouija board?" he joked.

The article said that Flores refused to speak to them directly but that she had spoken at a news conference about the radio station being bought by the left-wing group.

Others piled on after Sopo documented the bizarre claim.

"Mistaken identity?No, it’s a made up lie. @AP reporter talks to dead people," said one critic on Twitter.

"Typical example of the journalistic standards of the AP. Claiming that they interviewed someone who is not even alive… and they want you to believe their 'fact checks,'" responded Christina Pushaw, the spokesperson for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The AP eventually issued a correction about the embarrassing mistake:

"This story was first published on June 9, 2022. It was updated on June 11, 2022 to remove comments erroneously attributed to Martha Flores, former host of a show on Radio Mambi in Miami, one of the stations in the proposed deal," the correction read.

"Flores died in 2020," the AP added. "The comments were made by another woman. This version of the story removes those comments."

Fox News noted that it took two days for the news outlet to issue the correction.

Here's more about the Hispanic media buyout:

Latino Media Group to take over 2 Miami radio stations www.youtube.com

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