It’s been a rough couple of weeks in the mainstream media, and the streak continued Monday, with The Daily Caller reporting that CNN’s Jeff Sessions-Russia bombshell had to be walked back a bit.
CNN Walks Back Jeff Sessions-Russia Bombshell https://t.co/LIxIahQvIC pic.twitter.com/xGBxnTcCub
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) December 11, 2017
Amber Athey checked in on CNN’s May report on Jeff Sessions failing to disclose meetings he had with the Russian ambassador when he was a senator:
At the time, Sessions said he was told by the FBI not to list meetings “connected with his Senate activities,” but CNN’s legal expert denied those claims.
However, CNN admitted early Monday that FBI emails prove that Sessions’ explanation for the non-disclosures is accurate.
“A newly released document shows that the FBI told an aide to Attorney General Jeff Sessions that Sessions wasn’t required to disclose foreign contacts that occurred in the course of carrying out his government duties when he was a senator,” CNN’s Evan Perez wrote in the new piece.
Monday’s article indicates that Sessions was following what the FBI told him and was not intentionally trying to mislead the DOJ about his meetings with Russians.
Athey tallied up the media’s performance over the past couple of weeks in a follow-up tweet:
In the past two weeks:
– NEW: @CNN walks back Sessions' security clearance forms scandal
– ABC's Ross ruins Flynn bombshell
– Bloomberg gets Deutsche Bank story wrong
– CNN reports wrong date on Don Jr. email
– WaPo's Weigel tweets misleading rally pichttps://t.co/9YdAPpwhJU
— Amber Athey (@amber_athey) December 11, 2017
Hey, but making mistakes just proves that journalists are getting to the truth … the long way … slowly … after a few detours into fantasy land.
And they wonder why we call them #FakeNews https://t.co/hZRR9yyV7c
— Hotz (@sirhottest) December 11, 2017
Damn!!! Those are just the fake news stories we know about. Imagine the rest. https://t.co/GIo8gCoa8L
— Howard (@Gianny182) December 11, 2017
And these are the only ones we know about https://t.co/GyP4SQDclp
— Duncan E Liles (@duncanliles) December 11, 2017
Not a good record????????????? https://t.co/XS1wfq5GXu
— Jo Ann (@3172jam) December 11, 2017
This is what passes for journalism. https://t.co/N1dnjV5R62
— Lee C.J. Sobotka (@LCJS) December 11, 2017
Mainstream Media keep digging themselves a hole they can't get out of. Keep feeding the Fake News beast with incompetent reporting. https://t.co/szqwCijQlo
— Stephen S. (@mentallyunsable) December 11, 2017
#FakeNews wasn’t a systemic problem until @realDonaldTrump became President.
Now the MSM just hate/love him so much they get caught up in the sensationalism of whatever they hear and publish it without verification. It’s an issue with all media, not just a few outlets. https://t.co/Vk3VgWUHJV
— Payton Isner (@IsnerPR) December 11, 2017
Just a mistake. https://t.co/6TCrSKHNNY
— Carl Gustav (@CaptYonah) December 12, 2017
All intentional "mistakes" that are allowed to languish on-air until, or if, retracted. Meanwhile, tens of millions believe the lies are true. A betrayal of national trust. https://t.co/WPyzu82gQc
— AmeriKen (@ken_ameri) December 11, 2017
According to @brianstelter it makes them better reporters, or something. https://t.co/44SbtWks2A
— LaurieAnn ✨ (@mooshakins) December 12, 2017
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LOGIC FAIL: Atlantic editor’s reason for WHY people should trust the media is BY FAR the dumbest yet
What a GYP! Brian Stelter gives his 2¢ on journos and corrections (and it’s still WAY overpriced)
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