Jim Acosta, a CNN White House correspondent, may be putting his foot in his mouth, after claiming incorrectly that Trump’s reference to a story that was finally debunked via New York Times and AP corrections was “fake news.” Acosta went as far as to refer to the press meeting in Poland as a “fake news conference.” During the Thursday news conference with Polish president Andrzej Duda, Trump responded to a query from NBC News‘ Hallie Jackson about the possibility of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
“I heard it was 17 agencies. I said, ‘Boy, that’s a lot. Do we even have that many intelligence agencies, right? Let’s check it.’ And we did some very heavy research. It turned out to be three or four. It wasn’t 17. And many of your compatriots had to change their reporting or they had to apologize or they had to correct.”
The Associated Press, New York Times, L.A. Times, CNN, NBC’s Meet the Press, ABC News, and USA Today were just a few major news outlets to repeat the “17 intelligence agencies narrative,” even after it had been debunked by James Clapper. Just weeks after the first retracted AP story, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified before congress on which agencies were involved.
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