February 8, 2018
NBC News conducted an interview with Obama era Department of Homeland Security (DHS) cybersecurity chief Jeanette Manfra Wednesday, then tweeted out a largely inconsequential revelation from last year as “BREAKING” news.
“We saw a targeting of 21 states and an exceptionally small number of them were actually successfully penetrated,” Manfra told NBC’s Cynthia McFadden, adding that she had “no doubt” Russia’s government was involved.
NBC News ran the headline “Russians penetrated U.S. voter systems, says top U.S.official,” and then tweeted the following:
BREAKING: U.S. official in charge of protecting American elections from hacking tells NBC News that Russians successfully penetrated voter registration rolls of several U.S. states prior to 2016 presidential election. https://t.co/QXnaa0zdBd
More tonight on @NBCNightlyNews.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 7, 2018
The “breaking” story was quickly picked up by sister network CNBC, the New York Post, The Hill, the New York Daily News – whose headline included “U.S. official confirms for first time” – GQ, the Washington Examiner, and other news outlets around the world.
This article was posted: Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 7:06 am