CNN offers correction, rewrite for Wikileaks-Trump story

CNN offers correction, rewrite for Wikileaks-Trump story
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CNN has issued a correction to a Friday morning exclusive about documents that Donald Trump Jr. received from WikiLeaks after The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and NBC News contradicted its original story.

The new reports said Trump Jr. and other campaign officials had received an email pointing them to the WikiLeaks documents on the afternoon of Sept. 14 — after they had already been made public.

The original CNN report said Trump Jr. had received the email on Sept. 4, before WikiLeaks had made the documents public.


It also noted that on the same day, Donald Jr. began tweeting about WikiLeaks and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense — Presented by Raytheon — First lady's office pushes for ouster of national security aide | Trump taps retired general as ambassador to Saudis | Mattis to visit border troops | Record number of female veterans to serve in Congress Election Countdown: Lawsuits fly in Florida recount fight | Nelson pushes to extend deadline | Judge says Georgia county violated Civil Rights Act | Biden, Sanders lead 2020 Dem field in poll | Bloomberg to decide on 2020 by February What midterm exit polls tell us about 2020 MORE.

CNN ran a correction, changed its headline and removed a tweet from Trump Jr. from Sept. 4 in acknowledging the error.

“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,” the correction reads.

The wording of the CNN story was also changed to reflect the differences.

“After this story was published, The Washington Post obtained a copy of the email Friday afternoon and reported that the email urged Trump and his campaign to download archives that WikiLeaks had made public a day earlier. The story suggested that the individual may simply have been trying to flag the campaign to already public documents."

“The new details appear to show that the sender was relying on publicly available information,” CNN said in its updated story. “The new information indicates that the communication is less significant than CNN initially reported.”

CNN said its original story had been based on two sources who had seen the email.

The CNN story is a blow to media outlets that have come under criticism for false reports about President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeath toll in Northern California wildfire rises to 48: authorities Graham backs bill to protect Mueller Denham loses GOP seat in California MORE and his campaign.

Trump frequently criticizes the media and has specifically gone after CNN as “fake news.” Trump Jr. responded to the developments on Twitter before the correction was made.

"I know you can’t help but spread #fakenews @cnn, but now that you know the truth you should have the decency to retract the false story, make the correction, take down the bs tweet, and apologize to the 2 or 3 people that still believe you to be credible," Trump Jr. wrote with the hashtag #yourewelcome