Even after CNN was caught in under cover video calling the Trump/Russia story a “nothingburger,” the network continued pursuing it as a top priority, just hoping one day they could expose the current administration as liars. However, CNN has only proven that it is a terrible place to get news.
Already over the weekend, CNN’s quest to be the top in fake news botched the timing of the acquisition of the WikiLeaks document by Donald Trump Jr. According to “anonymous sources,” CNN figured that DTJ received the information a full ten days sooner than he did. A retraction and apology came and went.
Now, it has been learned that CNN botched another portion of the story regarding Attorney General Jess Sessions. CNN reported that Sessions was withholding information from the FBI, perhaps proving Russian collusion after all. But as The Daily Caller notes, Sessions was informed by the FBI to do so:
In May, CNN reported that Sessions had failed to disclose meetings he had with the Russian ambassador when he was a senator. Justice Department officials told CNN that Sessions had not listed those meetings on a security clearance form, even though the form says to list “any contact” with the “foreign government” or its “representatives” in the past seven years.
CNN framed the non-disclosures as more evidence of collusion between Russia and the Trump team, writing, “He has come under withering criticism from Democrats following revelations that he did not disclose the same contacts with Kislyak during his Senate confirmation hearings earlier this year.”
At the time, Sessions said he was told by the FBI not to list meetings “connected with his Senate activities,” but CNN’s legal expert denied those claims.
After ignoring reality and continuing “breathless coverage” of a supposed government conspiracy to cover up these connections, CNN finally relented that Sessions explanation that he was following the FBI’s orders was indeed the correct version of the facts.
CNN’s Evan Perez wrote:
“A newly released document shows that the FBI told an aide to Attorney General Jeff Sessions that Sessions wasn’t required to disclose foreign contacts that occurred in the course of carrying out his government duties when he was a senator."
When will CNN stop pretending to be “the most trusted name in news?”