U.S. News & World Report Dubious Headline: "Obama Wants Your Credit Score"
Mainstream media knee-jerk story about an alleged practice in conflict with an actual supplier's claim: No reputable employer does it.
On November 13, 2008, a U.S. News & World Report writer posted a story with the headline, "Obama Wants Your Credit Score".
However, the company providing the consumer reports emphatically states, "ChoicePoint does not offer credit scores for purposes of employment-related background checks and no reputable background screening company or employer uses credit scores as part of the hiring process."
The story became the number three search engine result for the term "credit score" on Yahoo! News.
The blog post refers to CNN, who claims to have a document from The Obama Transition Foundation that instructs presidential administration job-candidates on the required paperwork and disclosures.
The word "score" does not appear in the document
The headline is amplified.