CNN Corrects 'Fake News' Story On Comey-Trump

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We concluded our full breakdown of proof that CNN' so-called "anonymous sources" lied thus: "As such, we are quite confident that CNN will promptly retract their erroneous reporting and offer an apology to their readers for the unfortunate mistake."

And while the sarcasm was implied, we are shockingly pleased that CNN - the news agency with a live on-air countdown clock to Comey's testimony - has been forced to issue a correction, and ironically, The Washington Post was the first to jump on the story of CNN's correction, as they explain...

A Tuesday story with four bylines carried this headline: “Comey expected to refute Trump.” Here’s a key part of that story:

Trump has made a blanket claim that Comey told him multiple times that he was not under investigation. But one source said Comey is expected to explain to senators that those were much more nuanced conversations from which Trump concluded that he was not under investigation.

On CNN’s air, analyst Gloria Borger put matters more starkly, saying, “Comey is going to dispute the president on this point if he’s asked about it by senators, and we have to assume that he will be. He will say he never assured Donald Trump that he was not under investigation, that that would have been improper for him to do so.”

But, as we illustrated earlier, this afternoon's prepared remarks 100% refuted those "facts" and given that little problem, CNN published a correction to its story...

CORRECTION AND UPDATE: This article was published before Comey released his prepared opening statement. The article and headline have been corrected to reflect that Comey does not directly dispute that Trump was told multiple times he was not under investigation in his prepared testimony released after this story was published.

The new headline reads, “Comey unlikely to judge on obstruction.”

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Here are the full details, as we described earlier, back on May 9th, the White House released the letter that President Trump sent to former FBI Director James Comey informing him that he'd been relieved of his duties at the FBI.  Within that letter, Trump awkwardly inserted a sentence thanking Comey for informing him "on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation."  Here's the full sentence (full post here):

"While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgement of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau."

Not surprisingly, this statement set off alarm bells at CNN and other MSM outlets because, if true, it would put a real damper on their "Trump colluded with Russian hackers to stage a coup" narrative. Therefore, those outlets set out on a mission to 'prove' that Comey never made those statements and that, by definition, Trump clearly lied about his past interactions with the former FBI Director. 

And not long after setting out on that mission, courtesy of those infamous 'anonymous sources', CNN and ABC struck gold when they confirmed that "FBI Director James Comey is reportedly set to testify he never told President Donald Trump that he was not under investigation."  Here is a summary of CNN's reporting from their primary echo chamber, HuffPo:

"Former FBI Director James Comey is reportedly set to testify he never told President Donald Trump that he was not under investigation in connection with Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to CNN and ABC News."

And here is the original CNN reporting:



"Trump has made a blanket claim that Comey told him multiple times that he was not under investigation."


"But one source said Comey is expected to explain to senators that those were much more nuanced conversations from which Trump concluded that he was not under investigation.  Another source hinted that the President may have misunderstood the exact meaning of Comey's words, especially regarding the FBI's ongoing counterintelligence investigation."

Unfortunately, CNN's 'anonymous sources' seem to have been 'mistaken' on this one.  And while we have no doubts, generally, about the integrity of CNN and/or their anonymous sources, Comey's direct testimony released just a while ago seems to confirm exactly what Trump said in his original May 9th letter and exactly the opposite what CNN subsequently reported. 

In fact, here are precisely three instances (ironic, right?), directly from Comey's testimony, in which he personally told President Trump he was not under investigation:

1.  January 6th Meeting at Trump Tower:

"In that context, prior to the January 6 meeting, I discussed with the FBI’s leadership team whether I should be prepared to assure President-Elect Trump that we were not investigating him personally. That was true; we did not have an open counter-intelligence case on him. We agreed I should do so if circumstances warranted. During our one-on-one meeting at Trump Tower, based on President Elect Trump’s reaction to the briefing and without him directly asking the question, I offered that assurance."


2.  January 27th Dinner at White House:

"During the dinner, the President returned to the salacious material I had briefed him about on January 6, and, as he had done previously, expressed his disgust for the allegations and strongly denied them. He said he was considering ordering me to investigate the alleged incident to prove it didn’t happen. I replied that he should give that careful thought because it might create a narrative that we were investigating him personally, which we weren’t, and because it was very difficult to prove a negative. He said he would think about it and asked me to think about it."


3.  March 30 Phone Call:

"I explained that we had briefed the leadership of Congress on exactly which individuals we were investigating and that we had told those Congressional leaders that we were not personally investigating President Trump. I reminded him I had previously told him that."

Of course, we're 'absolutely positive' that everything else CNN has learned and reported from their anonymous sources, regarding Trump and his Russian collusion, is completely accurate and reflect nothing but the highest levels of journalistic integrity.  As such, we are quite confident that CNN will promptly retract their erroneous reporting and offer an apology to their readers for the unfortunate mistake.

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oromae's picture

...there is no joy in Mudville — mighty Casey has struck out.

Catahoula's picture

The press is a gang of cruel faggots. Journalism is not a profession or a trade. It is a cheap catch-all for fuckoffs and misfits—a false doorway to the backside of life, a filthy piss-ridden little hole nailed off by the building inspector, but just deep enough for a wino to curl up from the sidewalk and masturbate like a chimp in a zoo-cage.

Hunter S. Thompson,Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
What foul dust's picture

I was just gonna post that. Amen.

Endgame Napoleon's picture

I don't know, Mr. Gonzo, a lot of them look Establishment to me.

We Are The Priests's picture

Seems like most are just assuming that the prepared remarks Comey released today will be the remarks Comey reads tomorrow.  We can't discount the possibility that what we get live tomorrow will be a different version.

pparalegal's picture

So he will suddenly remember what he forgot and contradict himself again?

John_Coltrane's picture

I wonder if there's any truth to the rumor that the Onion was planning on buying them out for $1 and injecting a dose of reality and humor into their fake news stories. The Onion readership has got to be humongous compared to the 12 or so CNN viewers (all members of the DNC leadership) so this might be a way for CNN to become profitable for the first time.

I don't think a reputable news organization like the National Enquirer would touch them with a ten foot pole.

DuneCreature's picture

CNN behind the curve again....

A good pair of George Webb and Jason Goodman videos.

Crowd Sourced Intel gathering and Crime Investigation works.

Is This Real? =
` (The Molly Macauley murder - Baltimore MD)

Let's Collaborate =
` (George and Jason explaining what they are doing and how and why and just how important it is. .... It is the Watergate of our time X100. ................ For what it is worth, I agree.

Live Hard, Spooks Are Not My Favorite People But What George Is Doing Is Awesome Work, Very Important, Stand-Up And Scrunchy Ball-Z, Die Free

~ DC v6.5

VWAndy's picture

 CNN news for sketchy people.

Knave Dave's picture

CNN may have added a tiny statement at the bottom that their article was wrong, but why doesn't this article mention their new article that tells what Comey is going to say and that tells everyone they formerly reported it wrongly. Almost no one is going to go back and read the old story, and correcting it merely hides the evidence of their errors. Did they offer a new news story: "Comey Vindicates Trump: Says He Told Trump Three Times Not Under Investigation?" with a lead like "While formerly CNN reported that James Comey would testify to congress that he never told President Trump he was not under investigation, Comey's written testimony states that he did tell the president three times there was no FBI investigation against him."

It needs to be its own new story in order to call everyone's attention to the fact that their red-hot story on such an issue that CNN clearly thinks is of utmost importance was completely opposite of the truth. I mean if this story is that important, it has to be equally important that people are quickly all alerted to the fact that the first story was disinformation (counter intelligence provided through CNN) and that the true story is "Trump Vindicated!"

As concerned as they have been for more than half a year about this story, I'm sure they will do that. Right?

--David Haggith

oncemore's picture

Where is the CNN's asian moslem piece of shit Aslan?

tuueyes's picture

They have replaced one opinion with another opinion.....both amount to fake news. Someone doesn't want to accept that their opinion is not anywhere near equivalent to a factual account...