Retraction … On Thursday of last week, CNN published a “bombshell” investigative report linking people close to President Donald Trump with a Russian investment company. By Friday night, the story had been replaced by an editor’s note saying the story had been REMOVED. Philly.com reporter Rob Tornoe explains what happened.
Questions were raised … BuzzFeed has more. Initially, the story was just removed, with no explanation. It took people calling out CNN for the story to be replaced with an editor’s note explaining the removal and retraction. CNN editors hardly deserve praise for the sneaky way they went about this.
Speed of the internet … Of course, while the retraction was warranted, the damage to both CNN’s reputation and those people close to Trump who were smeared was done. Here’s a search showing all the tweets linking to the story.
Stelter admits it harmed reputation … CNN’s Brian Stelter admitted that the whole situation has harmed CNN’s reputation. In his daily email, Stelter said, “Determining what went wrong this time will help prevent future damage to the news organization…”
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Chuck Todd lets Bernie off the hook … CBS News reported early in the weekend that not only is Jane Sanders under investigation for alleged bank fraud, but that Bernie Sanders is as well. Sanders went on “Meet the Press” this weekend, and host Chuck Todd failed to ask him the most relevant question. You know the one, about the bank fraud investigation. Twitchy has the roundup to the reactions.
Todd’s mad at Obama … If there was any doubt that Chuck Todd is a leftist activist masquerading as an “unbiased host” of “Meet the Press,” it was removed this weekend. Todd equated Barack Obama not doing anything about the alleged intelligence that said Russia was meddling in the election with the infamous pre-9/11 briefing saying that Osama Bin Laden was “determined to strike the U.S.” NewsBusters has the story.
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Robert Eno is the director of research for Conservative Review. He is a conservative from deep blue Massachusetts but now lives in Greenville, SC.