NEW YORK, New York --- ABC News says it intends to stick by its fake report of Dennis Hastert and has decided to change its policy in the way it uses words when reporting. ABC said that Hastert was "in the mix" when inferring he was under investigation by the Department of Justice even after a spokesman from the department denied the allegation. ABC will now use similar terms for all future reporting.
"It's true that Hastert was 'in the mix', " said an ABC spokeswoman. "His name was mentioned as a person who once met convicted lobbyist, Jack Abramoff, and had a real conversation with him. From now on we will be using similar vague terms to make up news stories but still protect ourselves from being called liars. For example, our lead story next week will be that George Bush is under investigation for planning the 9/11 attacks based on an undisclosed insider in an unnamed department saying he was 'mentioned in passing' in connection with the attacks. I think you can see how this works."