CNN has now issued a correction.
What makes CNN’s reporting fake news is that they reported their story as if it were irrefutable fact. They had no documented proof of such accusations, but chose to not add disclaimers during their reporting.
The CNN story was put together by four CNN journalists: Gloria Borger, Eric Lichtblau, Jake Tapper and Brian Rokus.
Borger said this on CNN Tuesday:
“Comey is going to dispute the president on this point if he’s asked about it by senators, and we have to assume that he will be,” said Borger, the network’s chief political analyst. “He will say he never assured Donald Trump that he was not under investigation, that that would have been improper for him to do so.”
The only way for CNN, ABC, and others to be vindicated is if Comey’s prepared statement is a lie.
CNN and other outlets have been increasingly reliant upon anonymous sources over the past few years. Nearly all of their ‘scandal’ reporting on President Trump has been from anonymous sources. Those scandals, so far, have all been refuted, debunked, or lack any real evidence.
In journalism, anonymous sources are notoriously unreliable. Any journalist or reporter who says otherwise is seriously lacking in credibility. If they don’t provide documented proof, or physical evidence, they should not be considered solid sources. It has always been that way with real journalism. Modern major media has abandoned this basic journalistic standard in favor of grade school rumors. Unfortunately, people’s confirmation bias steers them to believe unsubstantiated hearsay.