Yet another news organization has falsely reported information about Russian involvement in the 2016 election, despite the fact that this particular bit of info was already corrected by both the New York Times and the Associated Press.NBC correspondent Katy Tur tweeted out that 17 different intelligence agencies agreed that Russia stuck its nose in the election. However, that point was proven to be fake news quite awhile ago.
Here’s a screenshot of the tweet in question:
More from the Daily Caller:
While an October intelligence report expressed high confidence that Russia meddled with the election to undermine Hillary Clinton’s campaign, that confidence only represents the views of the FBI, NSA and CIA — not the consensus of 17 intelligence agencies. The Daily Caller News Foundation found the claim totally false in an early June fact check.The New York Times issued a correction to a June 25 story repeating the claim that 17 intelligence agencies, including the Coast Guard, have formed a consensus that Russia engaged in election interference.
“The assessment was made by four intelligence agencies — the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency,” The New York Times’ correction stated. “The assessment was not approved by all 17 organizations in the American intelligence community.”
The Associated Press posted what it referred to as a “clarification” June 30, in which it admitted that four stories carried the false claim that 17 intelligence agencies backed the assessment of Russian interference in the election.Just moments after Tur posted the tweet, it was removed, likely after realizing this particular claim was already proven to be fake news numerous times.
It really seems strange the recent trend is for journalists to race to social media with whatever tidbit they come across, hoping to be the one who breaks a big story, thus becoming part of the story…instead of taking time to verify facts and ensure accurate reporting.
The current condition of journalism in America is quite sad, as most organizations seem to be nothing more than a propaganda arm for the Democratic Party.[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]