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Not Just CNN: AP Pushed Fake News to Fit Anti-Trump Narrative

Written by Joe Scudder

The Associated Press pushed fake news about a meeting between the EPA Administrator and the CEO of Dow Chemical that never happened.

CNN is not the only media organization that has pushed fake news. According to Breitbart, the Associated Press has also been caught publishing stories that are verifiably false. And again, this story was designed to make the Trump Administration look bad. Remember, if the media were just making mistakes, they would also post incorrect news that made Donald Trump look good.

But that never happens.

Breitbart.com alleges that

the Associated Press invented an imaginary meeting between EPA administrator Scott Pruitt and Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris, and then alleged that some kind of impropriety happened as a result.

[…]

Under the headline “EPA chief met with Dow CEO before deciding on pesticide ban,” the AP’s Michael Biesecker alleged that some super-secret covert meeting occurred between Pruitt and Liveris—and that awful things came as a result of that meeting. 

[…]

The problem with Biesecker’s piece, which ran over the Associated Press wires on Wednesday evening, is that as Breitbart News has confirmed from both sides: No meeting ever occurred, despite one appearing on Pruitt’s schedule. Sure, both were at the conference and briefly shook hands when introduced, but they never had a “meeting” because of scheduling conflicts.

“Administrator Scott Pruitt did not meet privately with Andrew Liveris, the CEO of Dow,” Liz Bowman, the EPA’s spokeswoman, told Breitbart News. “The AP article is inaccurate and misleading. Despite multiple attempts to provide the Associated Press with the facts, this article has not been corrected.”

Dow Chemical’s director of public affairs also confirmed to Breitbart News that no such meeting ever occurred.

Read the entire Breitbart story.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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