CNN slammed for Trump, Comey fact-checker gaffe: ‘Unacceptable for a news organization’

  
Via:  Vic Eldred  •  2 months ago  •  8 comments

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CNN slammed for Trump, Comey fact-checker gaffe: ‘Unacceptable for a news organization’
 

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CNN came under fire on Thursday when its in-house fact-checker reported  President Trump  “falsely claims former FBI Director  James Comey  admitted to leaking” when the liberal network had reported otherwise, and Comey, in fact, had admitted to leaking.

Trump said during Thursday’s post-acquittal remarks that Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has a “voice that scares people” and he “thinks” Grassley was the person who initially got ex-FBI Director James Comey to admit he leaked to the press.

“I  think  that was when Comey announced that he was leaking,” Trump said, but CNN’s  fact-checker did not mention  the word “think,” instead declaring that Trump “falsely claimed that, in an exchange with Sen. Chuck Grassley at a committee meeting, James Comey admitted to being a leaker.”

It turns out that Trump’s timeline was off by a few weeks and Comey was still lying about being a leaker when he was grilled by Grassley in May 2017. The lack of clarity agitated CNN producer-turned-Fourth Watch editor Steve Krakauer, who  slammed his former employer  for the gaffe in his media newsletter.

“When you take on the role of fact-checker, you have zero margin of error to be wrong yourself, or else the whole exercise becomes a charade. However, that's what happened today as CNN furiously fact-checked Trump's post-impeachment open mic afternoon,” Krakauer wrote, pointing to a tweet from CNN Politics’ verified Twitter account.

Krakauer noted that “CNN's own reporting shows that James Comey has admitted to leaking, which he was reprimanded for in the IG report.”

CNN  reported in June 2017  that Comey testified “that he orchestrated the leak of accounts of conversations with President Donald Trump because he thought it might lead to the appointment of a special prosecutor to lead the Russia investigation.”

CNN eventually issued a "clarification" to its fact-checker's article on Thursday “to make clear that is about what Comey said to Grassley” but CNN never deleted the inaccurate tweet that was used to promote the now-clarified story.

“That's unacceptable for a news organization - particularly one that spends so much energy conducting fact-checks as part of their antagonistic relationship with the White House,” Krakauer wrote.

Krakauer wasn’t the only person to mock CNN for the situation, and its tweet was hit with an onslaught of criticism:

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Vic Eldred
1  seeder  Vic Eldred    2 months ago

Even the simple facts are lied about by the leftist media. Facts that they themselves once reported on.  Who would listen to this nonsense?

 
 
 
MUVA
1.1  MUVA  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    2 months ago

It is 1984 Orwell was right.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
2  JohnRussell    2 months ago

I saw some nitwit on Fox News Nation say that Pelosi tearing up the speech was "worse than anything Trump has ever done". Thats the kind of nonsense we see from Fox 24/7/365. 

"Leftist" media would have to lie ever second for the next 1000 years to catch up with the lies from the right. 

Gateway Pundit is one of the most popular sources of information for "conservatives". They print misinformation every day of the year. 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
2.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  JohnRussell @2    2 months ago
I saw some nitwit on Fox News Nation say that Pelosi tearing up the speech was "worse than anything Trump has ever done".

It's a reasonable conclusion. What does it have to do with CNN lying?


Gateway Pundit is one of the most popular sources of information for "conservatives".

Prove it!

 
 
 
Tacos!
3  Tacos!    2 months ago

But if you called it "fake news" you'd be assaulting the 1st Amendment.

 
 
 
loki12
4  loki12    2 months ago

How did anybody know they lied? Even the immediate family of the people who work there don’t watch that shithole station. 

 
 
 
Tacos!
4.1  Tacos!  replied to  loki12 @4    2 months ago
How did anybody know they lied?

Somebody caught them with their lips moving.

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Tacos!
5  Tacos!    2 months ago

They don't fact check at CNN. Trump says something they don't like (usually because it makes some Democrat look bad) and they just reflexively call it a lie.

 
 
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