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They're about as legitimate as the phone call I just received about ten minutes ago telling me I won the Publisher's Clearing House Sweepstakes--and I didn't even enter. Wow! (By the way, I'm not kidding--some guy with an Asian accent, who went by the name James Williamson, tried to convince me I'm a millionaire. I didn't give him time to ask for my banking information to put the 'money' into my account, but I did tell him what I thought of people like him trying to rip off the innocent.)
Anyway, I digress.
CNN (Certainly Not News) was forced to correct a report from, uh, anonymous sources about Comey's testimony.
For two straight days CNN emphatically claimed that once under oath, Comey would dispute Trump's claims that Comey had assured him he wasn't under FBI investigation.
On Thursday night, they had to correct what they reported and apparently they're too stupid to feel embarrassed.
CNN's story, titled "Comey Expected to Refute Trump," was based on the word of "several anonymous sources." So because the story was anti-Trump, the network ran with it. Gloria Borger, Jake Tapper, Eric Lichtblau and Brian Rokus were listed on the byline.
"Trump has made a blanket claim that Comey told him multiple times that he was not under investigation," they claimed, according to the Washington Post. "But once source said Comey is expected to explain to senators that those were much more nuanced conversations from which Trump concluded that he was not under investigation."
CNN ran with this story all throughout Tuesday and Wednesday. They screamed out the story with their on-screen banners and CNN panelists discussed the story. Gloria Borger was adamant that her anonymous sources were on the money.
Borger told the panel, "Comey is going to dispute the president on this point if he's asked about it by senators, and we have to assume that he will be. He will say he never assured Donald Trump that he was not under investigation, that that would have been improper for him to do so."
But Borger's anonymous sources were full of barn-droppings.
Comey's opening statement supported President Trump's assertion that Comey had told him several times that he wasn't under investigation. In fact, he testified that not only did he reassure Mr. Trump on several occasions, but that Comey saw absolutely nothing wrong with his actions.
But true to their Certainly Not News reputation, they spun the story.
CORRECTION AND UPDATE: This article was published before Comey released his prepared opening statement. The article and headline have been corrected to reflect that Comey does not directly dispute that Trump was told multiple times he was not under investigation in his prepared testimony released after this story was published.Of course the story came before Comey released his opening statement. That's why CNN ran with what they thought was a scoop, rather than a poop.
And Comey did a lot more than "not directly dispute" the President's claims. He clearly came out and said he spoke to Trump several times and told him clearly that he was not under investigation.
You can see why people don't trust the media anymore, except for those who only hear what they want to hear and only believe what they want to believe.
President Trump hasn't handled this situation very well at all. He needs to stay focused and remain more professional. He needs to kick things around with people he trusts before he tweets on his own to defend his ego.