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Studio settlement reported for fake movie news

Posted: Friday, November 13, 2009

FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Universal Pictures has agreed to pay $20,000 to the Alaska Press Club to settle complaints about fake news archives used to promote the move "The Fourth Kind."

The Anchorage lawyer who negotiated the settlement for the Fairbanks paper and six other media outlets, John McKay, said the fake online stories undermined the credibility of the news organizations.

Universal created a series of online news articles to promote the movie about a plague of alien abductions in Nome a decade ago.



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