Internet story on Obama was wrong

April 10, 2007 at 11:28 AM

WASHINGTON, April 10 (UPI) -- An Internet news posting two weeks ago claiming Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill, traveled to Libya in 1984 was wrong, but remained online until Monday.

The story on OneNewsNow.com was posted days after the New York Times reported Obama's pastor had traveled to Tripoli with Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam leader to visit Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

However, Jan Markell, the founder and director of Olive Tree Ministries Inc., told the Chicago Tribune when she was interviewed by OneNewsNow she got her facts wrong by saying Obama had made the trip.

"There wasn't any malice on my part. I just interpreted it in a completely wrong way," she said.

Regardless, the posting remained online until Monday, when the Tribune contacted the reporter, who said he wasn't aware there was an error.

OneNewsNow is operated by the American Family News Network, which advertises "news from a Christian perspective."

Obama is a Democratic candidate in the 2008 presidential race.

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