During James Comey’s testimony on Wednesday, he called out a New York Times article published on 2/14/17. Almost immediately CNN’s Jake Tapper tweeted out the article.
Shortly after Jake Tapper’s Tweet Chris Cillizza also from CNN retweeted him:
James Comey was asked by Senator Cotton who referred to a New York Times article that claimed that Trump aides continually had contact with Russian intelligence. The Times wrote:
“Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, according to four current and former American officials,” the Times wrote.
Comey’s response was:
“In the main it was not true,” Comey said.
Comey said incorrect reports are frustrating because the FBI’s policy is not to comment on the media’s coverage of its investigations.
“The challenge — and I’m not picking on reporters — about writing stories about classified information, is the people talking about it often don’t really know what’s going on, and those of us who actually know what’s going on are not talking about it,” Comey said. “We don’t call the press and say, ‘Hey, you got that thing wrong.’ ”
As of the writing of this post, the NY Times has not responded to Comey’s testimony, however, earlier today CNN had to correct a report that was also proved false by James Comey.
The media business is vicious however, those that live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.