More fake news from CNN, which is now having difficulties telling the difference between “4” and “14”. Perhaps another symptom of Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS).
Trump’s favorite fake news network has issued a correction to a Friday morning “exclusive” claiming that Donald Trump Jr. and other campaign staff received a directive from Wikileaks to download a trove of emails stolen from the DNC before those emails were made public. CNN initially claimed the Wikileaks email was dated Sept. 4 – ten days before the watchdog publicly released its filings.
As it turns out, the email was dated Sept. 14. The documents had actually been made publicly available earlier that day. Wikileaks was merely trying to draw the Trump campaign’s attention to the documents.
So, two of CNN’s ace political reporters managed to write a “bombshell” story, which presumably made it through at least one round of edits, and was also probably reviewed by the network’s legal department, without anybody double-checking the date of the email – the crux of the entire. For what it’s worth, CNN said it based its story on the accounts of two sources who had seen the email. But this just highlights the dangers of relying on second-hand information, and should make readers question the next anonymously sourced story they see.
CNN corrected its story after the Washington Post, which managed to obtain a copy of the email, pointed out the error, which transformed the CNN story from a “bombshell” into essentially a nonstory.
Here is the correction posted on CNN’s website…
Washington (CNN)Correction: This story has been corrected to say the date of the email was September 14, 2016, not September 4, 2016. The story also changed the headline and removed a tweet from Donald Trump Jr., who posted a message about WikiLeaks on September 4, 2016.
Here is the on-air correction from CNN…
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) December 8, 2017
After the correction was appended, the original story was altered to reflect these changes…
Candidate Donald Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr. and others in the Trump Organization received an email in September 2016 offering a decryption key and website address for hacked WikiLeaks documents, according to an email provided to congressional investigators.
The September 14 email was sent during the final stretch of the 2016 presidential race.
CNN originally reported the email was released September 4 — 10 days earlier — based on accounts from two sources who had seen the email. The new details appear to show that the sender was relying on publicly available information. The new information indicates that the communication is less significant than CNN initially reported.
After this story was published, The Washington Post obtained a copy of the email Friday afternoon and reported that the email urged Trump and his campaign to download archives that WikiLeaks had made public a day earlier. The story suggested that the individual may simply have been trying to flag the campaign to already public documents.
CNN has now obtained a copy of the email, which lists September 14 as the date sent and contains a decryption key that matches what WikiLeaks had tweeted out the day before.
The email came two months after the hacked emails of the Democratic National Committee were made public and one month before WikiLeaks began leaking the contents of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s hacked emails. It arrived about a week before WikiLeaks itself messaged Trump Jr. and began an exchange of direct messages on Twitter.
CNN’s communications department acknowledged that the reporting was fake…
CNN PR statement on that corrected story (fixing initial tweet which cut part off) pic.twitter.com/mnqzuun0lS
— andrew kaczynski🤔 (@KFILE) December 8, 2017
Donald Trump Jr. jumped on CNN’s fake news reporting, suggesting that CNN apologize to “the 2 or 3 people who still believe you are credible.”
I know you can’t help but spread #fakenews @cnn, but now that you know the truth you should have the decency to retract the false story, make the correction, take down the bs tweet, and apologize to the 2 or 3 people that still believe you to be credible #yourewelcome https://t.co/bjL6mSdaii
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) December 8, 2017
Meanwhile, President Trump held a rally in Pensacola, Florida Friday evening and proceeded to mock ABC and CNN in front of an energized crowd of supporters.
Via The Gateway Pundit…
Trump brought up all the corrections that fake news outlets have been issuing after embarrassing themselves by publishing bogus stories.
POTUS Trump slammed Brian Ross of ABC for tanking the stock market this week with his colossal fake news story claiming then-candidate Trump told General Flynn to contact the Russians.
Then Trump focused on fake news CNN.
Trump spoke to a cheering audience…
“CNN apologized just a little while ago. They apologized. Oh thank you, CNN, thank you so much.”
“You should have been apologizing for the last two years.”