MRC: Trump-obsessed media ignored own basic rules

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Guiliani others press conference 1Three major news outlets have been forced to backtrack over a news stories that targeted Trump ally Rudy Giuliani, and a media watchdog says they deserve to be embarrassed for jumping on a salacious, single-source story.

The story that ran on NBC News and in two major newspapers, The New York Times and The Washington Post, claimed the former Trump attorney was briefed by the FBI about a Russian effort to influence the 2020 presidential election and was advised that he was a key target of that effort.

That now-debunked claim came at the same time Democrats and their media allies were smelling political blood in the water after federal agents, investigating Giuliani’s alleged ties to Ukraine, raided his Manhattan apartment last week, on a Wednesday, to serve a search warrant.

CNN 'collusion' screen grabThe much-publicized apartment raid was conveniently timed with the news stories on Thursday that claimed Giuliani, the target of a serious criminal investigation, had ignored FBI warnings about the meddling Russians interfering in U.S. elections.  

All three original stories were based on anonymous sources, and Curtis Houck of Media Research Center tells One News Now there appears to be a connection.

“We could assume, based on how all of them presented the same claims and information,” he says, “that they were all from the same source.”

According to a Newsweek summary of the corrections, the news outlets admitted their false reporting in weekend stories while Giuliani asked on social media, “Where did the original false information come from?”

Trump addressing CongressHouck predicts the public will never learn the identity of that anonymous source nor whether the media outlets have relied on it in the past only to be “burned” by claims that were proven to be false.  

What is true, he says, is the Trump-hating media remains crazed about the former president and is still anxious to punish him and his allies even if it means ignoring the most basic rules of journalism.

“I think this story was a perfect example of the news media deciding that this story rung true to them,” he summarizes. “So they were going to run with it because it sounded like something that would fit their conceived narratives.”

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