CNN Covers Botched Don Jr. Story 27 Times More Than Correction

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CNN gave 27 times more coverage to their botched story about Donald Trump Jr. than they gave to their eventual correction.

On Friday, CNN made a major reporting error when they claimed that Trump Jr. received an email on September 4, 2016 giving him encrypted access to Democratic documents stolen by Wikileaks.

The story implied that Trump Jr. had special access to the stolen documents before they were available to the public, but later reporting by other outlets indicated that the email was actually sent on September 14, 2016, a full day after the documents were already publicly available. (RELATED: CNN Botches Major ‘Bombshell’ Alleging Contacts Between Don Jr. And WikiLeaks)

According to research by The Daily Caller, the original story was discussed for almost an entire hour between 8:30 am ET and 1:30 pm. It was the lead story on three of their programs, was given five breaking news banners, and was discussed by over a dozen guests. (RELATED: CNN Gives Major On-Air Coverage To Fake News Story)

CNN finally corrected the story just before 4 pm on Friday, but overall they covered the story itself 27 times more than the correction, according to the Republican National Committee. On Friday, when the whole debacle occurred, CNN covered the retraction just one time.

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