CNN has corrected a story that suggested the Trump campaign had been tipped off early about Wikileaks documents damaging to Hillary Clinton when it later learned the alert was about documents already publicly available.
In truth, the email in question was sent to Trump and his son on September 14-one day after Wikileaks published the DNC emails and began promoting them online. "It is profoundly disappointing that members of the House Intelligence Committee would deliberately leak a document, with the misleading suggestion that the information was not public, when they know that there is not a scintilla of evidence that Mr. Trump Jr. read or responded to the email".
"Correction: This story has been corrected to say the date of the email was September 14, 2016, not September 4, 2016", CNN wrote.
There are corrections throughout the piece as well.
Trump Jr. had a field day with the blunder on Twitter, posting several tweets about it and retweeting others that called out CNN.
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But that's not the only outlet spreading fake news against the current administration.
CNN misreported key details of an offer made to Donald Trump Jr. previous year of a batch of stolen Wikileaks documents. "Their slogan should be CNN, THE LEAST TRUSTED NAME IN NEWS!" the President tweeted Saturday. Brian Ross should have not been taken off the Trump beat by ABC, but should have been fired outright for incompetence in his eagerness to further tarnish Michael Flynn. The centrality of time stamps to scandal coverage is a theme of recent major-media screw-ups on the Trump-Russia conflagration.
Besides the suspension, ABC has already told Ross he could no longer report on President Trump.
CNN has said the reporters won't be disciplined because they didn't break any newsroom guidelines but received inaccurate information from sources.
Taken together, the stories are particularly damaging for journalists because polls indicate that a majority of Trump supporters believe the President's contention that the media fabricates stories about him a few times in a while.
But CNN's mistake Friday - as well as an error in June about a Trump aide, which prompted three CNN journalists to resign - has given the president an opening to blast the network, and the news media more broadly, as biased and lacking credibility.
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