CNN's Joe Lockhart slammed for bogus tweet on 'overheard convo' between GOP senators
By: Jessica Chasmar
CNN contributor Joe Lockhart remains unapologetic for a now-viral tweet about an overheard conversation between two Republican senators that he now claims was satire.
Mr. Lockhart, a former White House press secretary under President Bill Clinton, tweeted Wednesday during the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump: “Overheard convo between two Republican Senators who only watch Fox News. ‘is this stuff real? I haven’t heard any of this before. I thought it was all about a server. If half the stuff Schiff is saying is true, we’re up [expletive] creek. Hope the White House has exculpatory evidence.’”
The tweet remained active on Mr. Lockhart’s account as of Thursday afternoon and has been shared nearly 10,000 times and favorited nearly 40,000 times and counting. About 10 minutes and a couple of tweets after making the claim, Mr. Lockhart admitted to making up the story.
“Ok maybe I made up the convo, but you know that’s exactly what they’re thinking,” he wrote.
The admission sparked a wave of backlash against Mr. Lockhart, but he appeared unfazed