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Humble Pie: Multiple Mainstream Media Sources Issue Retractions Over Giuliani Apartment Raid Misinformation


The mainstream media has been incredibly busy over the weekend. First, they had to create a frenzy covering the Rudy Giuliani Manhattan apartment raid. Second, they had to undo said coverage as quietly as possible, issuing retractions. The New York Times, Washington Post and NBC News all issued retractions reports the New York Post.

The New York Times wrote this on Saturday, correcting a story about the alleged role Giuliani played in the recall of ambassador Marie L. Yovanovitch: “An earlier version of the article misstated whether Rudolph W. Giuliani received a formal warning from the F.B.I. about Russian disinformation.” The note, attached to the original article continued, “Mr. Giuliani did not receive such a so-called defensive briefing.”

The Washington Post had to make a similar correction: “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.” OAN is a conservative-leaning news outlet. “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” added the correction.

NBC News blamed their misinformation on a source who they claim changed his or her story. The source “now says the briefing was only prepared for Giuliani and not delivered to him, in part over concerns it might complicate the criminal investigation of Giuliani. As a result, the premise and headline of the article below have been changed to reflect the corrected information.”

Giuliani himself addressed the media groups on Twitter: “Where did the original false information come from? @MSNBC @CBB @nytimes I couldn’t quite hear your apology?” In a second tweet on Saturday he wrote, “The Washington Post and NYT must reveal their sources who lied and targeted an American Citizen. #msnbc, #cnn forgot to mention the corrections today. #fakenews #badpeople.”