Benson: NBC News' False Report 'Was a Bad Look, Feeds Into' Trump's Narrative
'Benson & Harf' debuts May 7th on Fox News Radio.
Guy Benson, Marie Harf and the "Outnumbered" panelists weighed in after NBC News misreported that federal investigators had placed a wiretap on the phone lines of President Donald Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen.
The initial report Thursday afternoon generated a big reaction on social media and cable news, but hours later the network corrected the report. NBC clarified that the phones were monitored by a pen register, which records the phone numbers on both ends of the conversation, not the substance of the calls.
Benson said making a mistake on such an explosive story is a "bad look" and helps prove Trump's repeated arguments about "fake news."
"Even though you eventually do the right thing and correct the report, it feeds into exactly what Trump wants. ... That was sloppy and bad work by NBC," he said.
Trump pounced on the mistake on Friday morning on Twitter.
NBC NEWS is wrong again! They cite “sources” which are constantly wrong. Problem is, like so many others, the sources probably don’t exist, they are fabricated, fiction! NBC, my former home with the Apprentice, is now as bad as Fake News CNN. Sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 4, 2018
Lisa Boothe contended that the media is constantly trying to "catch the Trump administration in something bad."
"They want it to be bad. ... They keep showing their hand that they're basically left-wing institutions," Boothe argued, recalling other big stories by major news outlets that were erroneous.
Harf pushed back on the idea that NBC "made something up," arguing that there have been thousands of true stories about the Trump White House by major news organizations.
"Sometimes they go too fast with things. ... Because our news cycle is crazy. Every outlet gets things wrong sometimes," she said.
Watch the debate above and don't miss the Fox News Radio premiere of "Benson and Harf" on Monday, May 7th at 6:00pm ET.