Reporter Gets Falsely Attacked by People Claiming He Made Up FBI Statement


HuffPost reporter Ryan Reilly was read the riot act by a few “release the memo” supporters who thought he fabricated a statement from the FBI expressing “grave concerns” about releasing it.

Reilly tweeted this excerpt from the statement:

Because there was no statement at the time on the FBI’s official website, some people on Twitter were furious and called Reilly’s tweet bad “journalistic ethics” and “#FakeNews”. Reilly responded saying that the statement came from the FBI’s national press office, and correctly noted that the statement showed up in several other news sources, but many were not convinced:

Yes, the statement was, in fact, very real, and was posted on the FBI’s website in short order:

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