Reporters apologize for spreading New York Times fake news story about Rick Perry
The New York Times ran a hit piece on Rick Perry yesterday claiming that he did not understand the role he would play as Donald Trump’s Energy Secretary. Of course several reporters got on Twitter to spread the news of Rick Perry’s ignorance but there was one small problem with the story–it was fake news.
Those embarrassed so-called reporters were forced to admit their mistake and issue retractions. Here is more:
I’m about to delete this tweet, which spread the rumor about Perry not knowing what energy sec does,” New York Magazine writer Jesse Singal wrote on Twitter, referring to an earlier tweet sharing the story. “I think it’s false.”
“I officially retract my snarky Rick Perry tweet c/o the NYT,” writer Andrew Heaton wrote on Twitter. “I stand by my snarky Dancing with the Stars tweets.” Asked why he was retracting in a reply to his tweet, he added: “It appears the NYT had a pre-existing opinion and then slopped some dubious reporting on top to confirm.”
“Im retracting last 2 tweets,” Vanity Fair editor and Newsweek senior writer Kurt Eichenwald Tweeted. “Someone pointed out there are now questions if NYT allegations on Rick Perry are true.”
“Since I tweeted the NYTimes story, I’ll tweet this repudiation from their source,” Huffington Post reporter Natalie Jackson Tweeted. “Deleting my initial tweet.”
As one of the reporters stated, the New York Times had a pre-existing opinion and ran with the story without really checking it out. Of course the same can be said for these so-called reporters but I have to give these reporters credit for realizing their mistake and at least making an effort to correct it, which is more than can be said for the New York Times.
malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium