That shouldn't have happened.
Anyone who has done that party game of passing a message around the room, only to have it completely changed when it comes back to you, miscommunication is a fact of any communications.
However, as someone with no journalism training, perhaps I'm being naive, but wouldn't a responsible journalist have two sources before reporting anything, much less something of this import?
And wouldn't you know it? Geraldo is right at the front of the pack getting everything wrong. "Tell me." "Tell me." "Who's your daddy?"