This week, CNN revoked a claim they made about Donald Trump Jr. and his connection to WikiLeaks. While CNN corrected their claim, President Trump did not cut them any slack.
Trump blasted them for making 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”),” he tweeted on Saturday. “Watch to see if @CNN fires those responsible, or was it just gross incompetence?”
CNN, meanwhile, released a statement saying that the reporters involved would not get fired or disciplined. “There will not be any disciplinary action taken because every procedure put in place as part of the editorial process was followed,” a network spokesperson said. “People don’t get fired at CNN for making a mistake. They get fired when they don’t follow editorial procedures.”
The reporters claimed that a conversation between Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks occurred on September 4th, when the meeting actually occurred on the 14th. The timing is significant because WikiLeaks released a batch of documents on the 13th. If Trump Jr. spoke with them beforehand, then that would have been potential evidence of collusion.
“They apologized! Oh, thank you CNN,” Trump responded sarcastically. “Thank you so much. You should have been apologizing for the last two years.”
Trump continued ranting on Twitter, both continuing this attack, and hitting the Washington Post for uploading a photograph of a rally that he claims was taken hours before it began.
“CNN’S slogan is CNN, THE MOST TRUSTED NAME IN NEWS,” he 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!”
“[email protected] @WashingtonPost put out a phony photo of an empty arena hours before I arrived @ the venue, w/ thousands of people outside, on their way in,” he continued. “Real photos now shown as I spoke. Packed house, many people unable to get in. Demand apology & retraction from FAKE NEWS WaPo!”