Concha: Source Who Misled News Outlets on WikiLeaks-Trump Jr. Email Should Be Exposed
Media reporter Joe Concha said on Monday that the source or sources who misled news organizations for a story on Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks should be exposed.
Concha, who writes for The Hill, said the past week has been the worst "in modern times" for the U.S. political media.
He called out a false report by ABC News' Brian Ross on former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn -- which earned Ross a four-week suspension -- and a faulty report on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigators issuing a subpoena for President Trump's bank records.
On Friday, CNN corrected a scoop which initially claimed WikiLeaks provided access to stolen emails to Donald Trump Jr. on Sept. 4, 2016, before they were public. The report was later corrected to say that the email was sent Sept. 14, after the hacked documents were released by WikiLeaks.
The report drew ire from President Trump and his oldest son.
Very little discussion of all the purposely false and defamatory stories put out this week by the Fake News Media. They are out of control - correct reporting means nothing to them. Major lies written, then forced to be withdrawn after they are exposed...a stain on America!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2017
The irony of CNN having a show called “Reliable Sources” is laughable to begin with, but especially so this week. #fakenews
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) December 10, 2017
But Concha pointed out that CNN's erroneous report was confirmed by NBC and CBS and argued that the source behind the reports should be made public.
"How did three news organizations get duped on the same exact wrong information? ... Those people or persons need to be exposed now," he said on "Happening Now," arguing that the person or persons have likely done this before and may do it again.
Over the weekend, President Trump also called out a Washington Post reporter for tweeting an inaccurate photo about the crowd size at his Pensacola rally. Reporter Dave Weigel has since apologized for the error.
.@DaveWeigel @WashingtonPost put out a phony photo of an empty arena hours before I arrived @ the venue, w/ thousands of people outside, on their way in. Real photos now shown as I spoke. Packed house, many people unable to get in. Demand apology & retraction from FAKE NEWS WaPo! pic.twitter.com/XAblFGh1ob
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 9, 2017
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Judy Miller said reporters are humans and they make mistakes and she applauded news organizations for taking swift action to correct errors.
Miller said despite some mistakes, it is "the best of times for journalism because journalists have been called upon to report on an administration that doesn't want scrutiny."
"I'm willing to take those tweets from Donald Trump," said Miller, adding that it's critical for editors at news organizations to "check the bias" of individual reporters.
Watch the discussion above.