The network was forced to return a reporter to the air to issue an apology and has since pulled the story, but has refused to fire the offending employee. Trump began touting how much the media has been apologizing for fake news.
"Fake News CNN made a vicious and purposeful mistake yesterday", Trump tweeted. Brian Ross should have not been taken off the Trump beat by ABC, but should have been fired outright for incompetence in his eagerness to further tarnish Michael Flynn.
Trump through his twitter handle said: "CNN'S slogan is CNN, THE MOST TRUSTED NAME IN NEWS".
"Candidate Donald Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr. and others in the Trump Organization received an email in September 2016 offering a decryption key and website address for hacked WikiLeaks documents, according to an email provided to congressional", the report said. On Sept 13, the day before the email, WikiLeaks had tweeted links to what the group said was 678.4 megabytes of DNC documents. It was corrected to say that the email was actually sent on September 14, one day after WikiLeaks made the documents public. A number of conflicting reports from other media outlets also pointed out the mistake.
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CNN has now obtained a copy of the email, which lists September 14 as the date sent and contains a decryption key that matches what WikiLeaks had tweeted out the day before. Also, a CNN spokesperson stated that the reporters who authored the story would not face disciplinary action because they followed the proper editorial process and were given incorrect information from multiple sources. "We're going to speak the truth", Trump said during a Friday night rally in Florida.
And then CNN apologized just a little while ago. I don't know? They have been apologizing left and right. Trump Jr. last month released a series of private Twitter exchanges between himself and WikiLeaks during and after the 2016 election, including pleas from the website to publicize its leaks.
In a subsequent statement, Futerfas said that the only reason the House Intelligence Committee has this email is "because we took our responsibilities seriously and conducted searches for the broad categories of documents they requested".
In 2010, for instance, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange posted a "poison pill" on the Internet in the form of a 1.4-gigabyte file that contained damaging information, possibly about the U.S. government.