Misinformation led to mistaken b'cast

ABC News retracted a report on Sunday that pronounced missing Wall Street Journal correspondent Daniel Pearl dead.

The net interrupted regular programming at 3:15 ET for a special report, which said that Pearl’s dead body was found in Karachi, Pakistan.

Less than an hour later, ABC News retracted the report, which other nets — including Fox News and MSNBC –had followed up on.

“This is an extremely regrettable mistake, which we tried to correct as quickly as we could,” an ABC News spokesman said. “Our report was based on two very reliable sources, including the chief inspector of the Karachi police, who has since called us to apologize for the misinformation. We sincerely regret this mistake and the pain that it must have caused Daniel Pearl’s family and friends and our colleagues at the Wall Street Journal.”

Pearl disappeared on Jan. 23. Since that time, a group called the National Movement for the Restoration of Pakistani Sovereignty threatened to kill him by the end of last week.

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