The ‘fake news’ mantra won’t go away with stories like this

Editors at the New York Post lament the latest example of journalistic malpractice that feeds the narrative of mainstream media’s “fake news.”

Here they go again — the news media, that is, racing to run stories meant to discredit President Trump’s 2016 election victory, only to wind up with egg on their faces.

Friday, it was CNN’s turn to be caught spreading a false yarn — this one trying to link Team Trump with WikiLeaks and its supposed efforts, along with the Russians, to throw last year’s election to Trump.

On Sept. 4, 2016, CNN said, Donald Trump Jr. got an e-mail tipping him off to WikiLeaks material that wasn’t yet public. That sure sounds like an effort to collude.

Trouble is, the e-mail was actually dated Sept. 14 — a full 10 days later and after WikiLeaks had made the documents public. So the message might have been harmlessly intended to flag already-public info for Team Trump. CNN was forced to post a correction. …

… We certainly understand the rush to be first in this business. But the increasingly desperate attempts by an anti-Trump press to prove Russian collusion are leading to gaffes that make readers question even legitimate stories.

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...

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