As we told you Wednesday, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell was forced to admit that his big “scoop” a day earlier was bogus:
Last night I made an error in judgment by reporting an item about the president’s finances that didn’t go through our rigorous verification and standards process. I shouldn’t have reported it and I was wrong to discuss it on the air. I will address the issue on my show tonight.
— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) August 28, 2019
As promised, O’Donnell addressed it on his show Wednesday night:
WATCH: Lawrence O'Donnell retracts his reporting about Trump loans. pic.twitter.com/JxNsIPhBNg
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) August 29, 2019
O’Donnell and MSNBC framed it as a retraction, but O’Donnell also said that “we don’t know if the information is inaccurate” and his original tweet (with over 37,000 retweets) remains. Does that seem like a total apology?
“I should not have said it on air or posted to twitter”
*Leaves Tweet up* pic.twitter.com/FsfvXtI1rZ
— ALX 🇺🇸 (@alx) August 29, 2019
That doesn’t REALLY seem like an apology.
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) August 29, 2019
And you wonder why people hate reporters and the media.
— Razor (@hale_razor) August 29, 2019
It’s a total mystery!
This whole story deserved the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” treatment:
Watch this an laugh very hard.
What a clown show establishment media is.
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) August 28, 2019
We’re at least confident that Alyssa Milano will buy O’Donnell’s version of things.