Hours after publishing a bombshell report claiming members of the Trump campaign and Trump Organization — including then-candidate Donald Trump and Donald Trump Jr. — had received an email from WikiLeaks providing a decryption key and website address to hacked content, CNN has issued a correction noting that it got the date of the email incorrect.
Below is the correction from the CNN report:
Correction: This story has been corrected to say the date of the email was September 14, 2016, not September 4, 2016. The story also changed the headline and removed a tweet from Donald Trump Jr., who posted a message about WikiLeaks on September 4, 2016.
CNN Communications also tweeted out an explanation:
CNN's initial reporting of the date on an email sent to members of the Trump campaign about Wikileaks documents, which was confirmed by two sources to CNN, was incorrect. We have updated our story to include the correct date, and present the proper context for the timing of email
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) December 8, 2017
Per the initial CNN report, Team Trump had received the email on September 4, 2016, indicating that the campaign was being provided access to information that was not yet publicly available. However, subsequent reports from the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal refuted CNN’s report, stating that the email had actually been sent 10 days later. With it becoming apparent that CNN had a major screwup on its hand, Media Twitter began railing against the network for its erroneous story.
After CNN corrected the story, reporter Manu Raju — one of the report’s authors — took to the air to offer up his own correction. You can watch above, via CNN.
UPDATE 4:25 PM ET: CNN’s Brian Stelter, quoting a CNN spokesperson, noted that Raju will not face any disciplinary action over the botched report because the error came from his sources.
A CNN spokeswoman says there will not be disciplinary action in this case because, unlike with Brian Ross/ABC, @MKRaju followed the editorial standards process. Multiple sources provided him with incorrect info.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) December 8, 2017
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