CNN’s got plenty of tweeters up in arms this morning over a recent tweet concerning Edward Snowden and his “open letter to the people of Brazil”:

Except that’s not what the tweet originally said.

In its initial tweet, CNN claimed that Snowden had offered to help Brazil spy on the U.S. But in the letter, linked to in CNN’s story, Snowden makes no mention of of such an offer. Here’s the relevant portion of the letter:

Many Brazilian senators agree, and have asked for my assistance with their investigations of suspected crimes against Brazilian citizens. I have expressed my willingness to assist wherever appropriate and lawful, but unfortunately the United States government has worked very hard to limit my ability to do so — going so far as to force down the Presidential Plane of Evo Morales to prevent me from traveling to Latin America! Until a country grants permanent political asylum, the US government will continue to interfere with my ability to speak.

Regardless of your thoughts about Edward Snowden, CNN does appear to have screwed the pooch on this one. And now, it’s got itself some fresh enemies:

As we mentioned earlier, CNN did delete the tweet:

But tweeters were dismayed to find no retraction:


CNN eventually got its act together, sort of:

But this episode isn’t likely to be forgotten among Snowden defenders.

  • Republicanvet

    Wow. People really still consider CNN as credible?

    • therantinggeek

      Credible? No. Credulous? I’m leaning towards “yes”.

    • Maxwell

      To be honest… I get some of my news from CNN. It’s not bad, you just need to know whose stuff to read, and who to avoid.

  • Zane Henry

    So, CNN’s attempt to break a story involves outright dishonesty? In other news: Sky = Blue, Water = damp.

  • paladin63

    Isn’t CNN a parody MSM org. ?

    • Stephen K

      How do you parody an industry that’s already a parody of itself?

      • paladin63

        Too true

  • Right Wired ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    It’s no coincidence that their logo is red.

    Edit: Whoa! I typed ‘coincidence’ correctly without needing spell check!
    Go me, go me, it’s my birthday, it’s my birthday.

  • CobraJet428

    CNN is switching to entertainment, remember? Best move evah.

  • 0bamasnought

    News Flash!
    CNN has enough credibility to lose some.
    Film at meh, whenever.

    • Clete Torres

      CNN hasn’t been credible in two decades or so.

      • 0bamasnought

        The are incredibly incredible.

  • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    This doesn’t even have a chance at “false-but-accurate.”
    CNN has to up its game, if it wants to report fabricated-BS stories.

  • URGR82

    What a trash heap

  • Clete Torres

    CNN: The LEAST Trusted Name in News.

  • Voting Female

    CNN, the Communist News Network, strikes again.

  • H50 ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    I just have one question;
    CNN has credibility? Since when?
    You cannot lose what never existed.

  • Perso Nasplit

    Just wait till ’15-’16. It’ll go back to being the Clinton News Network.