On Thursday the New York Times issued a rather significant correction to a June 25, Maggie Haberman article titled ‘Trump’s Deflections and Denials on Russia Frustrate Even His Allies.’
The piece was noteworthy in the annals of Trump Russia lore for propagating the claim that “all 17 organizations in the American intelligence community,” had concluded — beyond reproach — that Russia has engaged in a coordinated effort to meddle the the 2016 U.S. election.
The claim has been repeated by Hillary Clinton and had cropped up almost daily on MSNBC since Trump’s election.
But now, according to the Times, that 17 number may have been a bit — inflated. In their correction, the newspaper of record reduced it to just four, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency.
In full the correction reads:
A White House Memo article on Monday about President Trump’s deflections and denials about Russia referred incorrectly to the source of an intelligence assessment that said Russia orchestrated hacking attacks during last year’s presidential election. The assessment was made by four intelligence agencies — the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency. The assessment was not approved by all 17 organizations in the American intelligence community.
Needless to say, the undoing of that canard set Conservative Twitter ablaze. And believe it or not, they were joined by far left accounts as well. Even Wikileaks got in on it.
FAKE NEWS: NYT Quietly Issues Major Correction — Only 4, Not 17 Intel Agencies Approved “Russia Hacking” Assessment https://t.co/7amvtMHwN5
— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) June 29, 2017
— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) June 29, 2017
— Stefan Molyneux (@StefanMolyneux) June 29, 2017
— Trump Super PAC 🇺🇸 (@TrumpSuperPAC) June 30, 2017
NY Times retracts widely recreated canard that 17 US intelligence agencies concurred on Russian hacking https://t.co/CQKIsMq8Nk
— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) June 29, 2017
— Zach (@zachhaller) June 29, 2017
Waaaaaaaaay down there….
Five days later…
This is what counts as a “correction.” https://t.co/8gahlRGMBQ
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) June 29, 2017
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) June 29, 2017
Even the correction is misleading by calling ODNI an intelligence agency. It is an oversight & policy body and does not collect information.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) June 29, 2017
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