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Dec 11, 2017

CNN corrects ‘fake news’ story about Donald Trump and WikiLeaks

CNN has played into President Donald Trump's 'fake news' narrative by cocking up a story about his relationship with WikiLeaks.

Emily Watkins — Media reporter

Emily Watkins

Media reporter

In a humiliating mistake for the network, CNN has had to correct a news story it ran hard on Friday, claiming that WikiLeaks offered the Trump campaign access to damaging emails before they were published on their site.

CNN based the story on an email, dated September 4 -- before WikiLeaks published a trove of DNC emails -- that gave Trump's campaign access to the stolen Democratic National Convention emails. The network relied on the exclusive revelations for a number of segments, which were followed by other networks, until The Washington Post got its hands on the same email with the correct date -- September 14, after the emails had been published by WikiLeaks.

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