The New York Times, Washington Post, and NBC News faced a barrage of criticism Monday after weekend corrections they issued in connection with their false reports that Rudy Giuliani had been warned by the FBI that he was the target of a Russian disinformation campaign.
The stories of the alleged warning were published after the FBI attacked the former New York mayor’s apartment in Manhattan on April 29, as part of an ongoing investigation into whether he violated the law while lobbying on behalf of Ukrainian officials in 2019.
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Each of the sites cited anonymous sources when revealing FBI warnings that never happened, prompting Giuliani to reveal their sources after the withdrawal.
The three sites were quickly called on social media for inaccurate reporting, with some questioning the standards they use to verify information from anonymous sources, while others called on retail outlets to “burn”
As they discussed Monday’s withdrawal, Fox News media analyst Howard Kurz called the fake reporting a “big blunder” and explained that news organizations have the right to reveal the identities of anonymous sources if they identify sources deceived by sharing information.
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A Fox News contributor and Joe Hill of The Hill also blew up false reporting and the use of anonymous sources, calling on retailers to reveal the source. He then cites a 2018 Axios survey that found that 75% of Americans believe that “traditional major news sources” report things they know to be “fake, false, or deliberately misleading.”
The co-host of “Superior” Kaylee McEnnany repeated the data from the poll, which Koncha quoted, calling them “extraordinary numbers”. She added that “there is an epidemic in American journalism and this is an anonymous source.”
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None of the retail outlets that issued corrections have yet revealed the source that provided the incorrect data.