August 30, 2019
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report revealed that he found no evidence the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, but some media figures are still clinging to the conspiracy.
MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell was hit with the threat of a lawsuit Wednesday after he “reported” on his show that an anonymous source told him Russian oligarchs backed some of President Donald Trump’s loans from Deutsche Bank.
In light of O’Donnell’s retraction and apology, here is a list of the media’s biggest Russia “bombshells” that required corrections, retractions, or have otherwise been unverified.
1. MSNBC Apologizes For Tying Trump Loans To Russia
MSNBC anchor Lawrence O’Donnell claimed on his show Tuesday night that Russians were co-signing bank loans for Trump through Deutsche Bank. The story was sourced from a single anonymous individual who had not even seen the Deutsche Bank documents in question. MSNBC admitted the story did not meet its editorial standards and would not have appeared on O’Donnell’s show if they knew about it.
Trump’s lawyer threatened O’Donnell and MSNBC with a lawsuit. O’Donnell retracted his story on Twitter and issued a public apology on his show Wednesday night.
“I did not go through the rigorous verification and standards process here at MSNBC before repeating what I heard from my source. Had it gone through that process, I would not have been permitted to report it,” O’Donnell said. “I should not have said it on air or posted it on Twitter.”
O’Donnell did not state that the story was inaccurate. Instead, he insisted that it merely wasn’t ready for publication.
This article was posted: Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 3:29 pm