More than three-quarters of those polled — 77 percent — said that TV news networks and newspapers were involved in “fake news.” Thirty-one percent said fake news is being reported “regularly,” while 46 percent believe it is only “occasionally.”
I’m in the camp of people who are very skeptical of the claims made in the media, regardless of their political affiliations. Sometimes they get things really wrong, and they tend to twist the facts, add some spin, and omit information that could change your perception of the story. The best lies are told between two truths.
Here is a list of many retracted articles and misleading claims from the media, including MSNBC, Fox, CNN, NBC, ABC, WaPo, New York Times, etc:
1) From CNN
Washington (CNN) In his much-anticipated congressional testimony on Thursday, fired FBI Director James Comey will dispute President Donald Trump’s blanket claim that he was told he was not under investigation multiple times, according to sources familiar with Comey’s thinking.
CORRECTION AND UPDATE: This article was published before Comey released his prepared opening statement. The article and headline have been corrected to reflect that Comey does not directly dispute that Trump was told multiple times he was not under investigation in his prepared testimony released after this story was published.
2) From CNN
“In the aftermath of the retraction of a story published on CNN.com, CNN has accepted the resignations of the employees involved in the story’s publication,” a spokesman said Monday evening. The story, which reported that Congress was investigating a “Russian investment fund with ties to Trump officials,” cited a single anonymous source.
3) From Wash Post
Original title that they have changed, which you can verify by checking the url: “Russian hackers penetrated U.S. electricity grid through a utility in Vermont, officials say.”
4) Slate, which didn’t even retract the story yet: Was a Trump Server Communicating With Russia?
Debunked by Wash Post
5) Fortune Magazine: Correction: This story originally ran under the headline “C-SPAN Confirms It Was Briefly Hacked by Russian News Site.” C-SPAN confirmed that an interruption took place but has not yet identified the cause of the interruption.
6) The Guardian: “This article was amended on 29 December 2016 to remove a sentence in which it was asserted that Assange “has long had a close relationship with the Putin regime”. A sentence was also amended which paraphrased the interview, suggesting Assange said “there was no need for Wikileaks to undertake a whistleblowing role in Russia because of the open and competitive debate he claimed exists there”. It has been amended to more directly describe the question Assange was responding to when he spoke of Russia’s “many vibrant publications”.”
7) New York Times: James Comey: a controversial New York Times story in February about alleged contacts between Trump intimates and Russian officials was bogus. “In the main, it was not true,” he said. “The challenge, and I’m not picking on reporters, about writing stories about classified information is the people talking about it often don’t really know what’s going on and those of us who actually know what’s going on are not talking about it,” said Comey during questioning from Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho). “And we don’t call the press and say, ‘Hey, you got that thing wrong.’ ”
9) NBC News:
“EXCLUSIVE: Putin does not deny having compromising information on President Trump in interview with @megynkelly.” twitter.com/keridouglas/status/871514544480415744/photo/1
“CORRECTION: Putin denies having compromising information about President Trump, calls it nonsense twitter.com/NBCNews/status/871519148085583873
10) from ABC News:
JUST IN: @BrianRoss on @ABC News Special Report: Michael Flynn promised “full cooperation to the Mueller team” and is prepared to testify that as a candidate, Donald Trump “directed him to make contact with the Russians.” web.archive.org/web/20171201162158/https:/twitter.com/ABC/status/936628560374071296
CLARIFICATION of ABC News Special Report: Flynn prepared to testify that President-elect Donald Trump (not candidate Trump as initially reported) directed him to make contact with the Russians during the transition — initially as a way to work together to fight ISIS in Syria, confidant now says. twitter.com/ABC/status/936760299146956800
The reason this “news” was so big was because it was basically evidence of collusion. After they corrected it, it’s no longer evidence of collusion. It’s just normal presidential business.
10.5) ProPublica now retracting parts of its story that linked Gina Haspel, Trump’s choice to lead the CIA, with waterboarding of a suspected al-Qaida leader. “Nearly every piece of the reporting that you are seeking comment on is incorrect in whole or in part.”
11) RT: Several journalists who work for Russia Today have told The Independent that while some coverage of problems in Russia and sensitive issues is allowed, any direct criticism or questioning of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin or President Dmitry Medvedev is strictly prohibited.
11.5) According to a former RT reporter, “We do work for Putin. We are asked on a daily basis if not to totally ignore then to obscure the truth.”
12) NBC posted an article claiming Menendez, charged with bribery and fraud, was a Republican.
13) A New York Times story on the bribery trial of Sen. Robert Menendez (N.J.) initially failed to mention his party (Democratic).
14) Fox News ran footage of Mark Sanford admitting to an extramarital affair on Wednesday with a Chyron identifying the South Carolina Republican — near tears — as a D, for Democrat.
15) When former congressman Mark Foley admitted to having problems with alcoholism — after reports that he had behaved inappropriately with congressional pages — Fox News also identified him as a Democrat.www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/06/24/fox-news-identifies-sanfo_n_220377.html
Here are Fox’s four fake experts:
19) A man described as a Swedish defense and national security adviser appeared on Fox News last week to defend President Trump’s claim that criminal immigrants are wreaking havoc in Sweden. But according to court records and Swedish officials, the man, identified as Nils Bildt, has a criminal record in the United States and no ties to Sweden’s security establishment.
21) After the shooting of a congressman at the Congressional Baseball game:
“Members of the Democratic team gather on the field for a prayer before the Congressional Baseball Game” archive.is/NOrep
Correction: Members of both teams gather on the field for a prayer before the Congressional Baseball Game (corrects who prayed) twitter.com/CNNPolitics/status/875694395122741248
22) The Hill writes article and Tweets claim that “Report: Trump admin denied Puerto Rico request to let victims use food stamps for fast food.”
This is the article after it has been corrected: Trump officials allow Puerto Ricans to use food stamps for hot food
23) 2-second video causes headache for ABC News. ABC News faked part of a video of a Toyota with acceleration problems. They show a reporter in the moving vehicle, then cut to a shot of the tachometer revving to 6,000 RPMs while in park. They later apologized for faking the video. You can still view the original video here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRN1CnKrc84 The fake shot is at 2:15.
24) ABC: Brian Ross of ABC News reported that James Holmes, the suspect of the theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., may have connections to the tea party — basing that on a single web page that listed an Aurora-based “Jim Holmes” as a member of the Colorado Tea Party Patriots. The claim was later retracted and Ross appologized.
26) NPR claims Wikileaks posted Macron leaks and also claims some of the documents were fake so they could tarnish Wikileaks’ reputation, had to issue a correction stating that they don’t know who leaked them. See the tweet and comments here: twitter.com/NPR/status/860936844942430210
27) “Correction: In this report, it’s said that North Korea has continued to develop and test nuclear weapons despite warnings from the Trump administration. While North Korea is believed to still be developing nuclear weapons, it has not tested any since President Trump took office.” www.npr.org/2017/06/19/533494139/how-to-deal-with-north-korea-some-options-are-worse-than-others
28) Fox News headline: “Doctors claim baby’s 2015 death was caused by marijuana overdose.” This is false. The doctors do not claim marijuana was the cause of death. They claim that the death was associated with marijuana in the system and that other possible causes of the death couldn’t be tested for.
29) CNN claimed the Trump campaign was given special access to Wikileaks documents before they were published based on an email they said was dated September 4, prior to the release of those documents. They updated the story to show that the email was actually dated September 14, after the documents were made public, which means some random person messaged the Trump Campaign about public information, which is a non-story. Updated CNN article.
31) In 1992, NBC fabricated a news story entitled “Waiting to Explode,” claiming that a line of trucks produced by General Motors can explode on impact. They ensured that a fire would occur by using a planted incendiary device to cause the fire, used the wrong gas cap, and overfilled the tank. [4:33]