(National Sentinel)Â Journalistic Malpractice: In late July,Â CNN reported — using an ‘anonymous source — that former POTUS Trump lawyer Michael Cohen would confirm the presidentÂ knew in advance about the infamous meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower in June 2016.
The premise of the meeting was to get “dirt” on Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton. No information from the lawyer,Â Natalia Veselnitskaya, regarding Clinton was ever passed to the Trump campaign. In fact, as Don Jr. has testified, the meeting was short andÂ Veselnitskaya wanted to discuss getting rid of a law that Moscow considers detrimental.
But as it turns out CNN‘sÂ “anonymous source” — Cohen attorney Lanny Davis — is now backtracking on his earlier claim that Cohen has knowledge that POTUS Trump was involved in setting up the meeting — and yet the network’s “media watchdog,” Brian Stelter,Â is silent.
The Daily Caller reported:
The host of CNNâ€™s media criticism show â€œReliable Sourcesâ€ on Sunday interviewed Carl Bernstein, one of the reporters who wrote a since-debunked story asserting that former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen claimed President Donald Trump approved the infamous Trump Tower meeting.
But Bernsteinâ€™s faulty reporting was not one of the topics of discussion on the CNN show, which is hosted by Brian Stelter. Instead, Stelter led a panel discussion in which Trump was called a â€œliarâ€ several times.
The network’s ‘sources’ claim that Cohen says POTUS Trump personally approved the meeting — after the president has saidÂ over and over and over again that he knewÂ nothing about it beforehand. In fact, Don Jr.Â has testified to that under oath.
But the initial report was debunked last week after Davis toldÂ CNN‘s Anderson Cooper that his client hadÂ no such information about POTUS’ approval.
â€œSo Michael Cohen does not have information that President Trump knew about the Trump Tower meeting with the Russians beforehand or even after?â€Cooper asked Davis in an interview.
â€œNo, he does not,â€ replied Davis, a close ally of the Clintons.
â€œWell, I think the reporting of the story got mixed up in the course of a criminal investigation. We were not the source of the story. And the question of a criminal investigation, the advice we were given, those of us dealing with the media is that we could not do anything other than stay silent,â€ Davis continued.
The Daily Caller:
The New York PostÂ reportedÂ Friday that after CNN published its initial report, Davis anonymously confirmed to the newspaper that it was accurate. Davis apologized to The Post for providing inaccurate information.
â€œI should have been more clear. I could not independently confirm the information in the CNN story,â€ he said.
â€œIâ€™m sorry that I left that impression. I wasnâ€™t at the meeting. The only person who could confirm that information is my client.â€
This is a massive error and yetÂ CNN refuses to address it and correct the record.
BecauseÂ CNNÂ is fake news.