Lawrence O’Donnell apologizes for unverified Trump-Russia report
In what is typical for the leftist ran news today, we hear sensationalized stories, ones that are heard from a unnamed source, the newscaster breathlessly announce this breaking news, the world is stunned, only to find out later is was nothing but baseless lies.
The same thing happened with Lawrence O’Donnell when he during a Rachael Maddow interview made such a claim, one he was in all fairness willing to admit was not confirmed, but went ahead with casting the blame anyway.
On Tuesday night, O’Donnell and fellow far-left MSNBC host Rachel Maddow discussed how Trump was “able to obtain loans when no one else would loan him any money” when he tossed out the unverified speculation.
“I may have some information, in this next hour, which would add a great deal to their understanding of that, if true, and I’ll be discussing it here,” O’Donnell said. “I stress ‘if true,’ because this is a single source who has told me that Deutsche Bank obtained tax returns… this single source close to Deutsche Bank has told me that Donald Trump’s loan documents there show that he has co-signers. That’s how he was able to obtain those loans and that the co-signers are Russian oligarchs.”
A stunned Maddow leaned back in her chair and responded, “What? Really?”
O’Donnell added “that would explain every kind word Donald Trump has ever said about Russia and Vladimir Putin” if his information is accurate.
Here we have the common place occurrence we seem to find in the leftist controlled press, a sensational claim made, there is no collaboration, as a rule the press ignores this baseless claim moving on to the next, this time was different.
Upon hearing the report Trump had his legal team immediately file against O’Donnell and MSNBC demanding a retraction, then threatened legal action of they did not, there was little choice but to retract the claim.
MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell kicked off his show Wednesday night by apologizing for running an unverified report that directly tied President Trump’s finances to Russia, which he retracted.
“Last night on this show, I discussed information that wasn’t ready for reporting,” O’Donnell said. “I repeated statements a single source told me about the president’s finances and loan documents with Deutsche Bank saying ‘if true’– as I discussed the information– was simply not good enough. I did not go through the rigorous verification and standards process here at MSNBC before repeating what I heard from my source. Had it gone through that process, I would not have been permitted to report it. I should not have said it on-air or post it on Twitter. I was wrong to do so.”
He went on to acknowledge the letter he and NBCUniversal received by Trump’s legal counsel demanding a retraction and an apology for the “aforementioned false and defamatory” reporting and threatened to take legal action.
“This afternoon, attorneys for the president sent us a letter asserting the story is false. They also demanded a retraction. Tonight, we are retracting the story,” O’Donnell continued. “We don’t know whether the information is inaccurate. The fact is we do know it wasn’t ready for broadcast and for that I apologize.”