‘Holy Crap, That’s Brian Ross Level Huge’: CNN Humiliated After Pushing #FakeNews About Donald Trump Jr. & WikiLeaks
The mainstream media has embarrassed itself once again after it was caught pushing ‘Trump-Russia’ fake news. This time, both CNN and CBS fell for inaccurate reports alleging a WikiLeaks email was sent to Donald Trump Jr. with an encryption key to access future leaks.
However, WikiLeaks had tweeted a link to the information days before the email reached Trump Jr. inbox. The fake news media claim this was stone cold proof of collusion, as WikiLeaks has long been smeared as a Kremlin puppet. Disaster!
“So CNN misreported the date of the Wikileaks email that @DonaldJTrumpJr received, meaning that the entire point of the story — that the campaign might have gotten advance warning of the leaks — is wrong. Wow,” tweeted Washington Examiner reporter Sarah Westwood.
So CNN misreported the date of the Wikileaks email that @DonaldJTrumpJr received, meaning that the entire point of the story —
that the campaign might have gotten advance warning of the leaks — is wrong. Wow. https://t.co/oiXngwHZAq
— Sarah Westwood (@sarahcwestwood) December 8, 2017
Holy crap. That’s a huge error. Like Brian Ross level huge. https://t.co/Qio646xjm0
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) December 8, 2017
Washington Post reports:
A 2016 email sent to President Trump and top aides pointed the campaign to hacked documents from the Democratic National Committee that had already been made public by the group WikiLeaks a day earlier. The email — sent the afternoon of Sept. 14, 2016 — noted that “Wikileaks has uploaded another (huge 678 mb) archive of files from the DNC” and included a link and a “decryption key,” according to a copy obtained by The Washington Post. The writer, who said his name was Michael J. Erickson and described himself as the president of an aviation management company, sent the message to the then-Republican nominee as well as his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., and other top advisers. The day before, WikiLeaks had tweeted links to what the group said was 678.4 megabytes of DNC documents. The full email — which was first described to CNN as being sent on Sept. 4, 10 days earlier — indicates that the writer may have simply been flagging information that was already widely available.
“The Sept. 14 email to Trump campaign advertising WikiLeaks emails promoted publicly available info, was riddled with typos and came from a Trump backer who had given $40 to the campaign months earlier, per email viewed by @WSJ,” confirmed Wall Street Journal reporter Rebecca Ballhaus.
The Sept. 14 email to Trump campaign advertising WikiLeaks emails promoted publicly available info, was riddled with typos and came from a Trump backer who had given $40 to the campaign months earlier, per email viewed by @WSJ.
— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) December 8, 2017
After news broke about the colossal error, Assange asked, “So who’s going to be fired?”
Earlier, Assange blasted CBS for reported the same fake news story.
“This is fake news, CBS, you pathetic excuse for a media organization. I challenge your controlling oligarchs, the Redstone family, to a $100k bet that “providing access through WikiLeaks” to our unpublished information is false,” tweeted Assange.