MSNBC producer Kyle Griffin’s tweet yesterday about the supposed hacking of a state election website got retweeted over 6,500 times:
A 17-year old hacked a state election website in 10 minutes. He could change the names of candidates and their parties and alter vote tallies. He even took down the entire website. He says that he's not even a very good hacker. https://t.co/cG36HYuABu
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 26, 2018
Wow, that’s some story! However, it’s not true, as Griffin noted about six hours later:
It’s been brought to my attention that this Politico article has been debunked. Read the debunking here from ProPublica: https://t.co/NeXxdMF3hv
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 27, 2018
And as usual, guess which one got retweeted a whole lot more.
5.5k retweets for the original false post. https://t.co/jxf6pj3kWz
— Darin Lloyd (@db_lloyd) August 27, 2018
160 RT. Original Tweet with 5K RT still up.
No idea why no one trusts NBC News. No idea. https://t.co/EEm93B1dcB
— Nathan the Wurtzelhearted (@NathanWurtzel) August 27, 2018
According to NBC News’ Chuck Todd, Fox News is the reason people distrust the media.
Producer of a NBC/MSNBC news show has to have it brought to his attention instead of checking the facts to begin with. https://t.co/pk3S9vGMWz
— Kris Kinder (@kris_kinder) August 27, 2018
Um, yeah, good point!
you should delete the initial tweet…
— Maddie (@madbev14) August 27, 2018
Instead of sending out a reply saying you’re spreading lies.. why not delete the original tweet? Them RTs too much? https://t.co/kcBXPdiunc
— Jon (@JuanFoolery) August 27, 2018
It has been brought to my attention that both you and NBC are gullible idiots, who'll publish any fantasy that supports your politics https://t.co/5uOXwv3cwj
— ☠Problematic AF™ ☠ (@EF517_V3) August 27, 2018
How many people believed this? How many of them will ever see this 'retraction'? https://t.co/mrsHybeqAA
— Slicin' Hammer (@dougayoung) August 27, 2018
If you read the Politico article now, it contains this correction way at the bottom and the nature of the story has changed quite a bit: