Florida GOP Rep. Bill Young has been hospitalized, but somewhere along the line word got out to “real reporters” that Young had died. Why waste time with the confirmation process?

Then word started to come in that Young has not died:

After it was clear Young had not died, “updates” and retractions ensued:

Situations such as this provide a stark reminder to receive media reports with the requisite amount of skepticism:

Even though Young has not died as many reported, he is in the hospital and we wish him the best:

Believe it or not, this isn’t the first time Young has been reported to have died:

The press gets in such a frenzy to be “first” to report a death that the situation often starts to resemble parody: