The New York Times, Washington Post and NBC News have been wrong before and will be again. But never in unison, and never quite like this.
All three major news outlets had to issue retractions for their copycat coverage of Rudy Giuliani following a raid of his Manhattan apartment by the FBI.
“An earlier version of this article misstated whether Rudolph W. Giuliani received a formal warning from the F.B.I. about Russian disinformation. Mr. Giuliani did not receive such a so-called defensive briefing,” The Times noted its article.
The Washington Post echoed similar sentiments.
“An earlier version of this story, published Thursday, incorrectly reported that One America News was warned by the FBI that it was the target of a Russian influence operation,” the Post wrote. ““That version also said the FBI had provided a similar warning to Rudolph W. Giuliani, which he has since disputed. This version has been corrected to remove assertions that OAN and Giuliani received the warnings.”
NBC News then raised its hand and admitted it was also guilty as charged.
Giuliani himself later weighed in, calling out the Times, MSNBC and CNN … and wondering why only a correction was issued, and you know, not an apology. In fact, he couldn’t even get the standard, “We regret the error.”
He later called out the Post as well, calling their story as “defamatory.”
“The Washington Post and NYTNYT must reveal their sources who lied and targeted an American Citizen. #msnbc, #cnn forgot to mention the corrections today. #fakenews #badpeople,” he posted.