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@aaronjmate Are we now over 50 major news stories that have had to be reracted or seriously corrected, all in the same direction, wrt Russia since 2016?
@aaronjmate I'll start a thread here to count them (I had started one for a CounterPunch article more than a year ago, but gave up partly because the list just kept growing as I tied to write). So:
@aaronjmate 1.1 On July 27, 2016 the @AP falsely reported that RT (formerly Russia Today) is part of the Russian state media complex. While it receives funding from the Russian government, it is a stand alone entity. On August 2, AP issued a correction on top of an accordingly updated story.
@aaronjmate @AP 1.2 The AP has since deleted the story altogether, but it is still visible (uncorrected) in places like this. businessinsider.com/ap-trump-gets-…
Here is the link to the original story, since deleted: bigstory.ap.org/article/8ba26e…
@aaronjmate 2. From July through October, 2016 MSNBC personalities Malcolm Nance and Joy Reid falsely and persistently pushed the line that Clinton related emails from WikiLeaks were or would be faked by Russians. theintercept.com/2016/12/09/a-c…
@aaronjmate 3. Newsweek eventually completely took down the wild Kurt Eichenwald story about Wikileaks, Russia, and Kurt newsweek.com/vladimir-putin…
@aaronjmate 4. The Trump Server/Alfa Bank Russia story was debunked theverge.com/2016/11/1/1348…
5. CNN falsely reported that Russia was closing an Anglo-American school in response to Obama's Russia/Election Hacking sanctions. forbes.com/sites/kenrapoz…
6. A long editor's note to this WaPo PropOrNot article essentially makes the whole think out to be hooey. washingtonpost.com/business/econo…
7. Russia didn't hack the Vermont power grid washingtonpost.com/world/national…
8. Again the @AP had to correct a story, picked up by ABC among others, that said a Russian commander had told a counterpart in the Philippines "You can choose ... to cooperate with United States of America or to cooperate with Russia." NOW DELETED abcnews.go.com/International/…:
@AP 9. The NYT's mangled a story about Abby Martin and Breaking the Set on RT and doesn't get it right even in the corrected version. nytimes.com/2017/01/07/wor…
@AP 10. A CNN Russia/Trump story based on a single anonymous source had to be retracted and led to the resignation of three CNN journalists. money.cnn.com/2017/06/26/med…
@AP 11. An article by Ben Jacobs in the Guardian had to include two major corrections in asserting a long established close tie between Wikileaks and the Putin regime. theguardian.com/media/2016/dec…
@AP 12. Widespread reports that Russia was behind the hack of Macron's emails ahead of French election were debunked by French security forces. apnews.com/fc570e4b400f4c…
13. No, 21 states' voter systems weren't hacked by Russia. theintercept.com/2017/09/28/yet…
14. Russia didn't hack C-Span in spite of initial "confirmation" it had washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wem…
15. The New York Times published a whole, ridiculous opinion piece by Lulzy Mensch nytimes.com/2017/03/17/opi…
16. A NYT article on Lee Camp's Redacted Tonight show on RT had to include multiple corrections but is still riddle with inaccuracies. alternet.org/2017/06/lee-ca…
17. Widespread reports said that Russia had hacked 80 UK Parliamentary email accounts. There was never confirmation and UK intel later said it was actually Iran (but very few outlets with stories still up corrected) theguardian.com/world/2017/oct…
18. Mueller's team didn't specifically debunk the on-again/off-again Michael Cohan in Prague story (from the Steele Dossier), but when it recently reared it's head again, it said that "many" news stories on the Trump-Russia probe are wrong washingtontimes.com/news/2018/apr/…
19. It went everywhere all the time for a while, but the NYT eventually issued a correction that it was 4 intelligence agencies, not 17 that, to varying degrees, agreed that Russia had interfered in election nytimes.com/2017/06/25/us/…
20. As I've long pointed out, WaPo wrongly attributed a vuln scan of Arizona's election system to Russia. Hackers with Anonymous had claimed the scan looong before the Russia story ever broke.
21. James Comey very publicly said that one of the first huge NYT's stories that initially alleged repeated contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian spies was "in the main ... not true" washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wem…
22. CNN had to issue a major correction to a story that initially claimed Trump Jr. had advance notice of Wikileaks' Podesta email dump. The date of the email in question was off by 10 days. cnn.com/2017/12/08/pol…
23. CNN just completely erased a story about Scaramucci, Trump, and a Russian Bank. So bad a correction simply wasn't possible. independent.co.uk/news/world/ame…
24. CNN, followed by other outlets claiming they had confirmed, falsely said that Cohen would confirm that Donald Trump had advance knowledge of the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting. Most outlets retracted, but not CNN> theintercept.com/2018/08/28/cnn…
25. A live ABC report sent markets into panic when it said it had confirmed that Flynn would testify that Trump instructed him to make contact with Russians during the campaign. ABC had to correct.
26. CNN (again!) said that it had confirmation that Comey would testify that Trump wasn't told multiple times that he wasn't under investigation. Another correction! cnn.com/2017/06/06/pol…
27. NBC news initially suggested that Megyn Kelly had gotten Putin to admit to having compromising material on Trump. Correction!
28. Newsweek retracted a story saying that a Russian influenced bot-network had helped to take down Senator Al Franken newsweek.com/alt-right-trum…
29. Yet again, CNN, but this time they just quietly walked back reporting they'd done on Sessions not properly reporting contacts with Russia he'd had in normal course of being a Senator. foxnews.com/entertainment/…
30. NYT: it wasn't *Russian* oligarchs Manafort sent election data to, it was Ukrainian oligarchs. (Still hasn't fixed the headline 10 days later!). nytimes.com/2019/01/08/us/…
31. NBC: Feds monitored Cohen's phone calls for a long time. Whoops! It was just getting a log of his calls. nbcnews.com/politics/donal…
32. Talking Points Memo wrongly reported that a Russian social media company was cooperating with the Mueller investigation about contacts between one of their executives and the Trump campaign. talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/russ…
33. It wasn't Russian supersonic tech in Cuba that disoriented American diplomats it was ... crickets ... no really, crickets. theintercept.com/2019/01/07/nbc…
34. There's yet to be any credible confirmation of this wild Guardian story on Manafort meeting with Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in the UK when there should have been ample confirmation, including video theguardian.com/us-news/2018/n…
35. NPR had to apologize in an editors note after accusing Trump Jr. of lying in testimony to Senate investigators regarding a planned Tump Tower in Moscow. npr.org/2018/11/30/672…
(even the correction there in #35 doesn't note that Trump said "yes" in the same interview to whether discussions continued into 2016) foxnews.com/politics/npr-i…
36. Again the @AP. It had to correct an erroneous report that Steele's Dossier started out funded by the conservative Washington Free Beacon. apnews.com/63c883156e314b…
@AP 37. NBC's Ken Dilanian initially breathlessly reported that Steele knew about the initial DNC hacks before they happened. Steele didn't. Correction needed. nbcnews.com/politics/natio…
@AP 37. (correcting number/threading mistakes) Bloomberg corrected its story to say that Mueller had targeted people near Trump with a Deutsche Bank subpoena, but not before many other outlets ran with story that Mueller had targeted Trump directly bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
The next 4 or 5 were added after reviewing @SharylAttkisson's list of Media Mistakes in the Trump Era sharylattkisson.com/2019/01/18/50-…
38. NYT followed by CNN, Reuters, WaPo reported that Trump had fired Comey after Dep. Dir. Rosenstein requested more funds for Russia investigation. Andrew McCabe testified before Congress that was untrue b/c investigation already "adequately resourced." npr.org/2017/05/11/527…
39.1 NBC reported that Manafort's notes from the now infamous meeting with Russians and Trump Jr. at Trump Tower referred to political "donations" or "donor." NBC corrected after Sen. Grassley confirmed "donation" didn't appear nbcnews.com/news/us-news/m…
39.2 Further reporting by Politico confirmed no damaging info or word "donor" either in the notes politico.com/story/2017/09/…
40. After ABC wrongly reported that Manafort had worked with a Russian Intelligence "official" as recently as the previous week (Nov. 2017), they corrected, fudging the headline and story to "Russian intel-connected individual." abcnews.go.com/Politics/paul-…
41. (So after careful weighing, I added 3 from Sharyl's list, bringing us to 40 plus the latest ... ) Washington Post confirms meaning of Mueller's office rubbishing the BuzzFeed story claiming strong evidence Trump told Cohen to lie under oath. washingtonpost.com/world/national…
42. Now adding this re McFarland quote that NYT's heavily selectively edited. It's clear that in full context it is just a natural to read this as McFarland stating Trump's opponents' view.
43. Crowdstrike's original attribution incl. Russia hacking Ukrainian artillery app. Widely & credulously swallowed by many media outlets & became big dispute between Russiagaters & anti-Russiagaters on left. Anti-Russiagaters right. Crowdstrike retracted. voanews.com/a/cyber-firm-r…
44. CNN, Reuters, and many others have falsely claimed that the Catalan independence movement has been confirmed to result from Russian interference. theintercept.com/2018/04/20/how…
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