Of all the fake news disseminated by CNN this past year, a report published Friday claiming someone had offered President Donald Trump’s campaign exclusive access to stolen Democratic National Committee documents obtained by WikiLeaks could very well be the most fake.
“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,” CNN originally reported early Friday morning.
But CNN never actually saw this email. Instead anonymous sources “described” the contents of the email to it staffers.
CNN further claimed that the email had been sent Sept. 4, but this was just plain wrong — a fact made clear by The Washington Post several hours later.
Not only did the Post’s writers view the actual email, but they rightly noted that it had been sent Sept. 14.
Big difference. Why? Because on Sept. 13, WikiLeaks posted a tweet linking its millions of followers to the very same stolen documents.
“The full email — which was first described to CNN as being sent on Sept. 4, 10 days earlier — indicates that the writer may have simply been flagging information that was already widely available,” the Post reported.
“CNN later corrected its story to note the email had been sent Sept. 14,” it added, taking a subtle swipe at CNN for its fake news.
Hint: When even other leftist networks known for fake news call you out your own fake news, it suggests you are “very fake news,” as the president once duly noted.
So to recap, nothing wrong or sinister occurred. Someone merely linked the president’s campaign to content that had already been made available to the wider public.
However, this was by no means the first mistake to be made by a mainstream media constantly in a rush to disparage the president.
“(T)he increasingly desperate attempts by an anti-Trump press to prove Russian collusion are leading to gaffes that make readers question even legitimate stories,” noted the editorial board of the New York Post. “They offer ammo to Trump and others who bash the press for its ‘fake news.’ It all backfires spectacularly.”
Over and over and over again, including just last week, when ABC’s Brian Ross falsely claimed that during the 2016 presidential election, Trump ordered than-campaign adviser Michael Flynn to make contact with Russian officials.
That too had been a lie — one that rightly led to Ross’ suspension. Yet as of Saturday morning nobody had been suspended from CNN.
And according to CNN’s senior media correspondent Brian Stelter’s daily newsletter, “(T)here will not be disciplinary action in this case because the reporters followed CNN’s editorial standards process.”
Ladies and gentlemen, this is CNN …
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