FBI Denies Seizing Money From David Copperfield

How do news agencies get things so wrong? Every media outlet reporting on the search warrants executed at David Copperfield's warehouse and the theater he performs in said that the feds had seized $2 million in cash from a safe at the warehouse.

The F.B.I. says it never happened. No currency was seized.

Since TalkLeft repeated the media report (and speculated as to why the feds might seize so much money from him) I'm giving equal space to the F.B.I.'s denial.

Apologies to David Copperfield, and shame on the Las Vegas television station (KLAS, a CNN affiliate)that first falsely reported the seizure. In their hurry to get a scoop, someone got very sloppy. As of this writing, they still haven't made the correction.

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    FBI Denies Seizing Money From David Copperfield (none / 0) (#1)
    by Mitch Guthman on Sun Oct 21, 2007 at 09:19:04 PM EST
    I don't know what to think about this story (and there is something odd about the whole thing) but it does seem to me that you ought to at least wait until David Copperfield himself says that nobody nicked his $2 million before you conclude that no currency was seized.   Its fair to say that, over the years, the FBI has denied doing lots of things it was later found to have actually done.  So I say wait awhile----could be there was no money, could be it was play money from some illusion, could be somebody from the FBI leaked it to "pressure" David Copperfield, could be the agents on that squad are now looking forward to a very, very comfortable retirement.  Lets wait and see.

    The profession (none / 0) (#2)
    by chemoelectric on Sun Oct 21, 2007 at 09:44:17 PM EST
    The profession as a whole is incompetent. It is throughout the whole system, from education to retirement. The people in it can't tell the difference between a fact by observation and a fact by inference, and constantly treat inferences as if they were observations and vice versa.

    There is such a thing as synthetic stupidity, if you will.

    2 million dollar.... (none / 0) (#3)
    by kdog on Mon Oct 22, 2007 at 08:07:04 AM EST
    pay-off to make the investigation stall?  

    Stranger, more crooked things have happened.

    of course, (none / 0) (#4)
    by cpinva on Mon Oct 22, 2007 at 08:23:51 AM EST
    the FBI swore up and down it wasn't spying on domestic anti-war or civil rights groups either. and, well, um..............they were.

    i think i'll wait for the movie, or at least the "cliff's notes" version, before rendering a final opinion.