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.

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:

Hey, but making mistakes just proves that journalists are getting to the truth … the long way … slowly … after a few detours into fantasy land.

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