The CNN fake news story treated a Wikileaks public dump of documents as if it was a private gift to Donald Trump.
Piers Morgan, of all people, tweeted about the CNN fake news story, even using that term:
Jeez, not again.
If correct, 3rd major US mainstream media false Trump 'scoop' fiasco in a week.
And they wonder why he calls them fake news? https://t.co/sV9p7RJZ6w
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 8, 2017
CNN reported that Donald Trump Jr got sent access to Wikileaks documents on September 4th. Nope. He got sent a link on the 14th, the day after Wikileaks posted them. (They made a similar “mistake” with details about hacked emails from Colin Powell.) A public information dump made available to everyone, including CNN, was treated as a private exchange between Team Trump and Wikileaks.
CNN spent a lot of air time huffing and puffing over something that didn’t happen. How many people catching that coverage have been informed it was all untrue?
The Daily Caller reports, “CNN Botches Major ‘Bombshell’ Alleging Contacts Between Don Jr. And WikiLeaks.”
CNN misreported key details of an offer made to Donald Trump Jr. last year of a batch of stolen Wikileaks documents.
The story, which CNN published on Friday and covered extensively on TV, was touted as the first evidence that the Trump campaign was given a heads-up about documents stolen from Democrats.
But the story appears to have been riddled with errors, while also lacking key context.
Perhaps the most jarring error in the CNN report is the date on which Trump Jr. was sent the email. The network reported that a person named Mike Erickson emailed Trump Jr. and others on the Trump campaign on Sept. 4, 2016, with a link to Wikileaks documents as well as a decryption key to access them.
The email also offered access to emails that had been stolen from former Sec. of State Colin Powell, according to CNN.
But a copy of the email provided to The Daily Caller shows that Erickson sent the email on Sept. 14.
That date is significant because WikiLeaks had released a batch of stolen documents on Sept. 13.[…]
The Washington Post first reported on the true date and wording of the Erickson email.
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