President Trump blasted CNN Saturday for an erroneous report about his son Donald Trump Jr., saying the network made a “vicious and purposeful mistake.”
“They were caught red handed, just like lonely Brian Ross at ABC News (who should be immediately fired for his “mistake”),” the president tweeted. “Watch to see if @CNN fires those responsible, or was it just gross incompetence?”
CNN reported Friday in what it called an “exclusive” that Mr. Trump Jr., the president and other top Trump campaign officials had received an email from someone named Michael J. Erickson offering access hacked Democratic National Committee documents. The network said the Trump officials received the email on Sept. 4, 2016, nine days before WikiLeaks begin releasing another batch of stolen emails.
But the correct date of the email was Sept. 14, meaning the missive was referring to documents that had already been released publicly. CNN and other news outlets later corrected their reports.
A CNN spokesperson has said that the reporters involved in the erroneous story, Manu Raju and Jeremy Herb, would not be disciplined.
The president said in another tweet that CNN should change its slogan.
“CNN’S slogan is CNN, THE MOST TRUSTED NAME IN NEWS,” Mr. Trump wrote. “There are many outlets that are far more trusted than Fake News CNN. Their slogan should be CNN, THE LEAST TRUSTED NAME IN NEWS!”
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway took the network and its reporters to task on Friday, urging them to “be honest & keep explaining the much-repeated lie you let live for hours. Tell America WHY the date of the email is important. (Hint: it destroys your attempt to destroy @DonaldJTrumpJr).”