by Josh Gross
CNN is reporting that Fox News had one of its Twitter accounts hacked, and that hackers sent out fake tweets announcing President Obama's assassination.
Obama was "shot twice at a Ross' restaurant in Iowa while campaigning. RIP Obama, best regards to the Obama family," read one of several Twitter messages posted on @FoxNewsPolitics early Monday.
"We wish @joebiden the best of luck as our new President of the United States. In such a time of madness, there's light at the end of tunnel," the last in the series of tweets said later.
One of the false messages said, "it's a sad 4th of July ... The shooter will be found." That message encouraged Twitter users to repost the message on their own Twitter accounts, which would spread the fake news. Several users did just that.
FOX wrote a post on its site confirming the hacking and apologizing for it.
"Hackers sent out several malicious and false tweets claiming that President Obama had been assassinated," it said. "Those reports are incorrect, of course, and the president is spending the July 4 holiday with his family.
"The hacking is being investigated, and FoxNews.com regrets any distress the false tweets may have created."
Sadly, Jon Stewart is on vacation this week.