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After CNN, ABC News Fake Trump Stories, An Editor Says Trump Is ‘Inspiring Great Journalism’ | Stock News & Stock Market Analysis

Media Bias: In the span of a few days, two major news outlets came out with huge Trump/Russia bombshells that blew up in their own faces. In both cases, the error involved getting something as simple as a date wrong.

CNN was in a frenzy on Friday over an apparent scoop by reporter Manu Raju, who claimed that an email sent to President Trump, Donald Trump Jr, and others on the campaign — and dated Sept. 4, 2016 — offered Trump access to purloined WikiLeaks documents.

The story, posted on CNN’s website at 8 a.m. and carried the headline: “Exclusive: Email shows effort to give Trump campaign WikiLeaks documents,” claimed that the email had been “described to CNN by multiple sources and verified by Trump Jr.’s attorney.”


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A later update to the story also noted that Sept. 4 was also the day that Trump Jr first tweeted about WikiLeaks and Clinton.

Raju noted that the “timeline is important here,” because the date on the email was more than a week before WikiLeaks posted these documents on its website.

It looked like a genuine smoking gun — showing how Trump was colluding with WikiLeaks to spread documents hacked by Russia — and spread like wildfire across social media and on other news outlets.

Except the story was completely bogus.

Unlike CNN, the Washington Post obtained an actual copy of the email, and found that it wasn’t sent on the Sept. 4th. It was sent on Sept. 14th — after WikiLeaks had posted the documents online and promoted that fact to the world.

In other words, there was no story here whatsoever.

One week before CNN committed journalistic malpractice, ABC News’s Brian Ross announced to the world that “Michael Flynn promised ‘full cooperation to the Mueller team’ and is prepared to testify that as a candidate, Donald Trump ‘directed him to make contact with the Russians.’ “

That story, too, looked like a smoking gun. It would show that Trump was in fact working with Russians prior to the election. In fact, the news was so shocking it sent the stock market reeling.

But it, too, was false. The meetings in question all took place after Trump had won the election. In other words, they had nothing whatsoever to do with collusion or election meddling.

These aren’t the first or by any means the only examples of reporters rushing out some “bombshell” story, only to later admit they got key facts wrong. We noted several in this space a few weeks ago.

Reuters and Bloomberg also botched a Trump story last week, when they reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had subpoenaed Trump’s Deutsche Bank records. He hadn’t.

Even the liberal-leaning Politico noted that CNN’s disaster “extends (the) run of journalistic mishaps.”

This sort of blatant journalistic malpractice, which seems to be getting more egregious the longer Trump is in office, is bad enough.

Worse has been the reaction of fellow journalists, who instead of demanding higher standards from their peers, are busy making excuses, downplaying the importance of the screw-ups, or using these foul-ups as a way to attack Trump.

Consider that in response to Raju’s reporting fiasco, CNN said the network had “followed the editorial standards process. Multiple sources provided him with incorrect info.”

X So CNN’s “editorial standards process” allows reporters to run Trump-bashing stories based entirely on a document it didn’t have in hand, but that the Washington Post was able to obtain the same day? How reassuring.

After Ross’ epic error, ABC News initially issued a mild “clarification” to the story, and rather than firing him, it suspended Ross for all of a month.

Meanwhile, other reporters, rather than using these failures to take stock of the impact that their raging anti-Trump bias is having on the credibility of their profession, circled the wagons.

USA Today commentary editor Jill Lawrence, for example, decided to twist the episodes into an attack on Trump for his “hypocrisy,” because Trump has attacked the media for false reporting even though he has said things media have labeled as “lies.”

Lawrence even laughably — and lamentably — claims that Trump’s “attacks, falsehoods and secrecy are inspiring great journalism.” She goes on to say that “The profession I love is going to emerge from the Trump era stronger than ever.”

And they say Trump is delusional?

New York magazine’s Benjamin Hart suggested that only real problem with CNN’s “incorrect” report was that it “provides fuel for pro-Trump media.”

It was up to independent journalist Glenn Greenwald to offer the correct analysis of the problem. In an article headlined: “The U.S. Media Suffered Its Most Humiliating Debacle in Ages and Now Refuses All Transparency Over What Happened,” Greenwald says that until the mainstream press gets its act together, “their cries and protests the next time they’re attacked as ‘Fake News’ should fall on deaf ears, since the real author of those attacks — the reason those attacks resonate — is themselves and their own conduct.”

Amen to that.

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