With the release of James Comey’s testimony, CNN had to make a correction to one of their stories from Tuesday because it was completely wrong.
On Tuesday CNN issued a report titled “Comey Expected to Refute Trump.” The story was written by four CNN journalists, including Gloria Borger, Eric Lichtblau, Jake Tapper and Brian Rokus.
The article published discussed how Trump drew the wrong conclusion from Comey when the President claimed that he wasn’t under investigation. On Wednesday when Comey released his opening statements that article was corrected because Comey did tell the President he wasn’t under investigation. Additionally, Comey stated that he even cautioned the President not to worry about the Russian prostitution story because the President wanted Comey to investigate it to prove it wasn’t true. Come assured the President not to worry about and cautioned Trump that if they did investigate it even though they knew it wasn’t true Trump’s enemies could use it to say Trump is under investigation.
During an appearance on CNN Borger even mentioned it her article:
“Comey is going to dispute the president on this point if he’s asked about it by senators, and we have to assume that he will be,” said Borger, the network’s chief political analyst. “He will say he never assured Donald Trump that he was not under investigation, that that would have been improper for him to do so.”
Here is the excerpt that debunked CNN’s article:
“Prior to the January 6 meeting, I discussed with the FBI’s leadership team whether I should be prepared to assure President-Elect Trump that we were not investigating him personally,” wrote Comey. “That was true; we did not have an open counter-intelligence case on him. We agreed I should do so if circumstances warranted.”
“During our one-on-one meeting at Trump Tower, based on President-Elect Trump’s reaction to the briefing and without him directly asking the question, I offered that assurance,” Comey added.
Here is the statement issued by CNN:
This article was published before Comey released his prepared opening statement,” it reads above the original Tuesday story. “The article and headline have been corrected to reflect that Comey does not directly dispute that Trump was told multiple times he was not under investigation in his prepared testimony released after this story was published.
Good for CNN to at least admit their story was wrong and correct it. They could have just deleted it and pretended it doesn’t exist.
What this does show, however, is that some of the anonymous sources the media is using may not always be correct.