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Red Lobster not closing: Folks 'not practicing good journalism' spread rumor

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The news that Red Lobster is closing their doors is nothing more than a rumor, reports the restaurant chain spokesperson. It was an article from a media outlet that got the ball rolling on this rumor, which has been trending online since Christmas. It seems that Red Lobster plans to sell or spin-off the Red Lobster chain into a separate company, but they never planned to close any restaurants, according to the Orlando Sentinel on Dec. 27.

Red Lobster’s spokesperson, Rich Jeffers, reports that the company has been trying to squash the rumor since it spread online after an article in LA Weekly reported on the restaurant's demise. Jeffers said just that one article spawned more articles and soon the news was out, it just wasn't the correct news. Jeffers said:

"You had a couple outlets where clearly folks weren't practicing good journalism, and no one called to verify if what they read in LA Weekly was accurate."

The article from LA Weekly was updated Friday and now reports that Red Lobster is not closing its doors. This is the same type of rumored report that happens when someone erroneously writes that a celebrity has died. It seems that in a matter of minutes the news of the death is coming from everywhere and it usually takes the celebrity themselves to report that they are alive and well to put a stop to it.

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