This Russia narrative just won’t go away, will it?
Several outlets now have to retract their stories on the Giuliani raid because of a false detail claimed in the articles.
According to official accounts Giuliani was never actually informed by The F.B.I. that he was the target of a Russian disinformation campaign.
The New York Times, The Washington Post, and NBC all had to retract their stories on the raid.
Take a look:
Fox News reported:
The stories about the alleged warning were published following the FBI raid on the former New York City mayor's Manhattan apartment on April 29, which came as part of the ongoing investigation into whether or not he violated the law while lobbying on behalf of Ukrainian officials in 2019.Each of the outlets referenced anonymous sources when revealing the FBI warnings that never took place, which prompted Giuliani to demand they reveal who their sources were following the retractions. The three outlets were quickly called out on social media for the inaccurate reporting, with some drawing into question the standards they use to verify information from anonymous sources, and others calling for the outlets to "burn" the sources.
CNN Business had more on the story:
"An earlier version of this article misstated whether Rudolph W. Giuliani received a formal warning from the F.B.I. about Russian disinformation," The Times said in its correction posted at the bottom of the online story. "Mr. Giuliani did not receive such a so-called defensive briefing." All the original reports were attributed to anonymous sources.
NBC News said in its correction that its story "was based on a source familiar with the matter, but a second source now says the briefing was only prepared for Giuliani and not delivered to him, in part over concerns it might complicate the criminal investigation of Giuliani."
NBC said that "as a result" the "premise and headline" of its story had been "changed to reflect the corrected information."
The corrections are black eyes to the newsrooms which have aggressively reported on Giuliani's contacts with Ukrainians in his attempts to dig up dirt on then-presidential candidate Joe Biden