Fox News was caught in a fake news cycle Tuesday morning when the network reported erroneously that the Los Angeles Police Department would be investing $1 billion in jet pack technology, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The hosts of "Fox and Friends" reported the story even though they appeared mildly skeptical about it. An hour after the first report, Fox News Channel retracted the story.
The incident was followed by a media frenzy as news outlets–including Fox rival CNN–reported on the channel’s faux pas, Mediaite reported.
The false report may have originated from a story in The Weekly World News, which is known for its sensationalistic–and questionable–headlines.