CNN jumped the gun in anticipation of former FBI Director James Comey‘s Thursday testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee. Before the former top law enforcement official released his prepared opening statement, the network reported online that Comey “would dispute Trump’s interpretation of their conversations.”
However, CNN had to add a correction to the article by correspondents Gloria Borger, Eric Lichtblau, Jake Tapper, and Brian Rokus.
“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.”
The write-up still led by citing an anonymous source, who disclosed that “Comey is not likely to offer his conclusion about whether the President obstructed justice regarding the agency’s Russia investigation.”
CNN continued by citing a separate unnamed source, who claimed that “while Comey is anxious to recount his version of his conversations with the President, he also appears likely to sidestep questions about how he felt about Trump’s comment — for instance, whether he felt pressured to drop the investigation or whether he thought they amounted to obstruction.”
The network also referenced their earlier correction in the body of the article: “An earlier version of this story said that Comey would dispute Trump’s interpretation of their conversations. But based on his prepared remarks, Comey outlines three conversations with the President in which he told Trump he was not personally under investigation.”
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