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WTF MSM!? NBC News issues correction after setting the political world on fire for a few hours

Whoopsie …

Sorry … Thursday at about 1 p.m., the political world was set ablaze by an NBC News report that the FBI wiretapped Michael Cohen, a personal lawyer for President Donald Trump. In the now-corrected story, NBC also reported that at least one phone call to the White House was included in the wiretapping. Hours later, NBC News had to correct the story to monitoring call logs, not listening in on the calls.

NewsBusters’ Curtis Houck is right, that’s a “massive correction.” MSNBC heavily promoted the story all afternoon. Then came the correction. How many sources did NBC News reporter Tom Winter have for the initial story? Did he just believe it because it would make a great scoop? Where was Winter’s editor in all of this?

Running cover … Of course everyone’s favorite media critic/cheerleader, CNN’s Brian Stelter, used his daily email newsletter to downplay the mistake. Here’s what Stelter had to say: “Key point: NBC and ABC fessed up... They corrected the error... They didn't make excuses. Which brings us to the White House...”

See that? Nice transition to Trump. Stelter always brings media malpractice back to Trump. It’s like a broken record. Or to use the words of Stelter himself, a “repeat episode.” Which brings us to a “repeat episode” …

Sanders “credibility” crisis? … So now people at CNN, Stelter included, are pushing that Sarah Sanders is facing a “credibility crisis” after the White House press briefing yesterday. Here’s how CNN’s political director, David Chalian, described it, according to Politico’s Michael Calderone:

Um, nice way to speak for all of us, David. Spinning for the media is basically part of the press secretary’s job description. Which is what Stephen Miller is reminding the media of over on Twitter.

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