#JOURNALISM: WRONG: Reporter Deletes Tweet Claiming Russian Spy Was in Oval Office with Trump.

#JOURNALISM: WRONG: Reporter Deletes Tweet Claiming Russian Spy Was in Oval Office with Trump.

Talk about getting it wrong. There are mistakes, and then there are mistakes, and this is the latter. On Monday, a woman, Maria Butina, was arrested and charged, federal agents saying she worked as a “foreign agent” who conspired to set up private communications between the Russian government and Republican politicians in the United States.

It would be a pretty big deal if it turned out there was a photo of that Russian agent in the White House, and an even bigger deal if it were the Oval Office with President Donald Trump, and a huge red siren big deal if she were in the Oval Office on the very week former FBI Director James Comey was fired.

And that’s exactly what Mic reporter Emily Singer reported on Twitter on Tuesday. Only she was flat wrong.

Here is the original tweet:

Only that isn’t so. That’s not her. The Daily Beast‘s Lachlan Markay first heard from the White House that it might be Cari Lutkins, a White House staffer, who was actually pictured.

twitter.com/lachlan/status/1019208281741496324

Plus, this evergreen tweet from Jim Treacher:

 

 

h/t GR