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Associated Press Confuses Millionaire Murderer of People, Robert Durst, for Millionaire Murderer of Good Taste, Fred Durst

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fred durst vs robert durstRobert Durst, the mega-rich real estate heir and alleged murderer who was the subject both of the Ryan Gosling film All Good Things and HBO’s recent documentary series The Jinx, has been a source of great joy to my friends and myself as of late. Partly, that’s because of the quality of The Jinx, but it’s also partly because he has the last name Durst, which, of course, lends itself to all kinds of jokes about another assclown named Durst — specifically, Fred Durst, frontdouche for Limp Bizkit.

And yet, somehow, never in our wildest dreams did we imagine that any reputable news outlet might actually mistake Robert Durst for Fred Durst, if for no other reason than because there’s a thirty-year age difference between the two men. And yet, the Associated Press made that very mistake last night, releasing the following report:

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – A Louisiana State Police trooper says millionaire Robert Durst has been booked on weapons charges in that state – on top of a first-degree murder charge lodged by Los Angeles authorities. Trooper Melissa Matey told the Associated Press that an arrest warrant was issued for the former Limp Bizkit frontman and he was rebooked in the Orleans Parish Jail on Monday under two new charges.

They quickly ran a retraction, of course… yet even that retraction contains a factual error which demonstrates Durst’s ongoing lack of relevancy in the 21st century:

In the second item of the California 10th NewsMinute sent March 16 to users of the state broadcast wire, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Robert Durst is a member of a band. He is a real estate heir; Fred Durst is the former frontman of Limp Bizkit.

As much as I would love it if Limp Bizkit broke up for good, they have a whole bunch of tour dates lined up — meaning that Durst is not the”former frontman of Limp Bizkit,” he’s just the frontman of Limp Bizkit. But I guess no one at the AP could possibly conceive of people still shelling out money to hear “Rollin’” and the world’s shittiest cover of The Who. Can you blame ’em?

[via Jim Romenesko by way of Metal Insider]

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