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Pants-on-Fire NBC Walks Back Fake News Completely

 

Well, here we go again. The MSM, so anxious every day to dig up dirt on Trump that they no longer bother with reliable sources, have had to completely back down from a completely Fake News story. It looked like a bombshell, but again, it was “two sources briefed on the evidence” that “included” a certain word:

NBC News dropped what the network hyped as a “potential bombshell” last week. “Manafort Notes From Russian Meet Contain Cryptic Reference to ‘Donations’” the original headline read. The story claimed that Manafort’s notes from the 2016 Trump Tower meeting with White House aide Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer included the word “donations” near a reference to the Republican National Committee.

Uh, wait, the “donations” word may have been a little wrong…

NBC began walking back the “potential bombshell” almost immediately, issuing a correction the same day noting that the word “donation” didn’t actually appear in the notes, but quoting one source who said the word “donor” was in the notes.

Well, doggone it, maybe that “donor” word actually didn’t appear there at all…

But NBC’s corrected story still wasn’t accurate, according to a new Politico report, which said that the word “donor” didn’t appear in Manafort’s notes.

Well, actually, the entire set of notes wasn’t even that interesting or bad…

Moreover, Manafort’s notes “are not seen as damaging to the Trump family or campaign officials,” Politico reported. The outlet cited several sources who have seen Manafort’s notes, while NBC relied on “two sources briefed on the evidence” to make its claim.

Turns out that NBC was already being trashed for publishing an obvious lie…

Even before Politico fully debunked NBC’s reporting, the network’s decision to publish the story came under fire. The day after NBC originally published the story, The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple criticized the story, which he said “provides only fodder for innuendo and conspiracy, not for sound conclusions about what happened.”

Yeah, when Fake News WaPo is calling you a liar, then you know you’ve jumped the shark.

There are 17 comments.

  1. Thatcher
    JcTPatriot Post author

    A quick check of the NBC News web site’s Politics section reveals absolutely no evidence of this story remains, and also nothing at all on Manafort. Like all Fake News, all traces are wiped clean.

    Thank goodness for the web archive, showing truth to all.

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    • September 10, 2017 at 8:28 am
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  2. Member

    They have to deflect from Trump and Pence’s exemplary handling of the hurricanes. This is an emergency. The MSM will be hardest hit.

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    • September 10, 2017 at 9:05 am
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  3. Thatcher
    JcTPatriot Post author

    blood thirsty neocon (View Comment):
    They have to deflect from Trump and Pence’s exemplary handling of the hurricanes. This is an emergency. The MSM will be hardest hit.

    I have to admit, that cracked me up. :)

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    • September 10, 2017 at 3:05 pm
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  4. Member

    blood thirsty neocon (View Comment):
    They have to deflect from Trump and Pence’s exemplary handling of the hurricanes. This is an emergency. The MSM will be hardest hit.

    I just watched a commentator on Sky News (UK) say that President Trump’s handling of Harvey was a complete disaster, that he couldn’t run anything, that his voters were realising how awful he was. Sounded pretty fake to me.

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    • September 10, 2017 at 4:49 pm
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  5. Contributor

    Is Politico part of the MSM and/or Fake News?

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    • September 12, 2017 at 10:51 am
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  6. Podcaster

    Tom Meyer: Is Politico part of the MSM and/or Fake News?

    Sure it is. But reporters who get their rear ends chewed out by the boss for being “scooped” by the competition one day often enjoy sticking it to said competition the next when they obviously and royally muck things up. That doesn’t mean they have any more journalistic integrity, it merely means that they’re not beyond a childish “Nyah-nayh-na-nyah-ya.”

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    • September 12, 2017 at 11:49 am
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  7. Thatcher

    Tom Meyer, Common Citizen (View Comment):
    Is Politico part of the MSM and/or Fake News?

    I used to read Politico every day but haven’t looked at it for over two months. They’ve tried very hard to be part of the MSM since they started.

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    • September 12, 2017 at 12:24 pm
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    EJHill (View Comment):

    Sure it is. But reporters who get their rear ends chewed out by the boss for being “scooped” by the competition one day often enjoy sticking it to said competition the next when they obviously and royally muck things up. That doesn’t mean they have any more journalistic integrity, it merely means that they’re not beyond a childish “Nyah-nayh-na-nyah-ya.”

    The moral quality of reporters’ motivation for doing the right thing is irrelevant. The point is that Politico felt motivated to catch NBC spreading misinformation.

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    • September 12, 2017 at 12:56 pm
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  9. Podcaster

    Tom Meyer: The point is that Politico felt motivated to catch NBC spreading misinformation.

    The reason is always relevant. Beating up on the competition isn’t the same as the moralistic, we-only-go-where-the-truth-leads-us horse puckey they feed us.

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    • September 12, 2017 at 1:07 pm
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  10. Coolidge

    Someone once described the Press as a bunch of Werewolves. They liked eating Republicans, but on a full moon they eat everybody.

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    • September 12, 2017 at 1:18 pm
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  11. Inactive

    Tom Meyer, Common Citizen (View Comment):

    EJHill (View Comment):

    Sure it is. But reporters who get their rear ends chewed out by the boss for being “scooped” by the competition one day often enjoy sticking it to said competition the next when they obviously and royally muck things up. That doesn’t mean they have any more journalistic integrity, it merely means that they’re not beyond a childish “Nyah-nayh-na-nyah-ya.”

    The moral quality of reporters’ motivation for doing the right thing is irrelevant. The point is that Politico felt motivated to catch NBC spreading misinformation.

    It took Politico to notice NBC spreading misinformation because the rest of us quit paying any attention to NBC.

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    • September 12, 2017 at 6:21 pm
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  12. Thatcher
    JcTPatriot Post author

    MJBubba (View Comment):
    It took Politico to notice NBC spreading misinformation because the rest of us quit paying any attention to NBC.

    I had to drop by my dad’s house to drop off something, and he had on the CBS Evening News. Keep in mind he is to the right of Pat Buchanan and, I don’t know, Attila The Hun. I asked why in the world he was watching that, and he said, “What should I watch? NBC News? I’m just waiting for the Local News to come on.”

    I thought that was a great point. All three national network news shows are Towers Of Suck, so if you just have it on so you don’t forget the start of the Local broadcast, it doesn’t really matter.

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    • September 12, 2017 at 6:27 pm
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    JcTPatriot (View Comment):

    MJBubba (View Comment):
    It took Politico to notice NBC spreading misinformation because the rest of us quit paying any attention to NBC.

    I had to drop by my dad’s house to drop off something, and he had on the CBS Evening News. Keep in mind he is to the right of Pat Buchanan and, I don’t know, Attila The Hun. I asked why in the world he was watching that, and he said, “What should I watch? NBC News? I’m just waiting for the Local News to come on.”

    I thought that was a great point. All three national network news shows are Towers Of Suck, so if you just have it on so you don’t forget the start of the Local broadcast, it doesn’t really matter.

    The only reason to watch broadcast news of any kind is to get the local news. They don’t have any actual reporters; they only go racing down to city hall after someone calls them to tell them about some breaking news. It isn’t like reporters just go wandering around down there any more.

    But at least they are local. My newspaper laid off most of their staff, and now it is strictly amateur hour. The big media company that owns them assembles our paper and papers of three other cities in our state in an out-of-state newspaper assembly sweatshop. So I get local articles that are written by stringers who include their own opinions along with the news, and these are mixed up with other articles from all over our state because those out-of-state guys are clueless. I was looking just the other day at a long feature article about the development of a small industrial park that is an eight-hour drive away from here. That is what passes for local news anymore.

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    • September 12, 2017 at 6:51 pm
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  14. Thatcher
    JcTPatriot Post author

    MJBubba (View Comment):
    My newspaper laid off most of their staff, and now it is strictly amateur hour. The big media company that owns them assembles our paper and papers of three other cities in our state in an out-of-state newspaper assembly sweatshop. So I get local articles that are written by stringers who include their own opinions along with the news, and these are mixed up with other articles from all over our state because those out-of-state guys are clueless. I was looking just the other day at a long feature article about the development of a small industrial park that is an eight-hour drive away from here. That is what passes for local news anymore.

    Well the only paper around Central Texas is the Austin American-Statesman, and it is like something written by Politically Correct robots. Anything that might potentially offend someone is immediately stripped out by the editors.

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    • September 12, 2017 at 9:16 pm
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    JcTPatriot (View Comment):
    Keep in mind he is to the right of Pat Buchanan and, I don’t know, Attila The Hun.

    Attila The Hun was a leftist. He could pillage and destroy with the best of them. So that leaves a lot of room on the right. Of course you also said Pat Buchanan.

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    • September 13, 2017 at 6:18 am
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  16. Member

    JcTPatriot: Yeah, when Fake News WaPo is calling you a liar, then you know you’ve jumped the shark

    Well said. Thank for the smile.

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    • September 13, 2017 at 9:07 am
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  17. Thatcher
    JcTPatriot Post author

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    JcTPatriot (View Comment):
    Keep in mind he is to the right of Pat Buchanan and, I don’t know, Attila The Hun.

    Attila The Hun was a leftist. He could pillage and destroy with the best of them. So that leaves a lot of room on the right. Of course you also said Pat Buchanan.

    I write a great article with lots of information, and you pick out one sentence in one silly throw-away comment to attack.

    I am sure all of Ricochet appreciates your valuable input. Thank you.

    • #17
    • September 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm
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