After Donald Trump went to war with some of the most well known media outlets during the 2016 election, America has been submerged into an era where the search for “fake news” is on high alert, and news outlets around the country are taking precautions with their content to ensure the information they present is valid. CNN, who President Trump and his son would later take to Twitter to discredit, inaccurately reported that the Trump campaign had access to leaked DNC files before anyone else.
On Friday, CNN released a publication. alleging that the Trump campaign had access to the September 4th DNC emails one week before Wikileaks would eventually release the documents to the public. The writers, congressional correspondent Manu Raju and political reporter Jeremy Herb, stated that the emails were sent on September 4th, 2016 just before the election. CNN quickly came out to make a correction of the reporting, claiming that the date the emails were sent was on September 14th, one day after it was released to the public.
CNN, in their correction statement, claimed “CNN’s initial reporting of the date on an email sent to members of the Trump campaign about Wikileaks documents, which was confirmed by two sources to CNN, was incorrect,” and added correction indicates that the communication is less significant.”
According to The Washington Post, the two reporters who published the incorrect information will not face disciplinary action as they have verified that the standard process and approval guidelines were followed in order to use anonymous sources. Despite CNN’s confidence in their reporters, The Trump father and son duo said otherwise, calling for their firing.
CNN’s false publication was released only days after American journalist Brian Ross was put on a 4 week suspension from ABC without pay for reporting that President Donald Trump directed his former Attorney General Michael Flynn to make contact with senior Russian officials. Donald Trump also took to Twitter to discredit the journalist, in addition to others in a tweet rampage last weekend, however applauded ABC for handing down the punishment for not properly vetting the information. Both ABC and CNN have apologized for their misleading content, however Donald Trump and his following will surely not let them forget anytime soon.