New York Times, Washington Post, NBC Correct Their Reports About Giuliani's Contact With FBI

Headline Roundup May 2nd, 2021

On Saturday, the Washington Post, New York Times, and NBC News corrected earlier reports that said former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani was directly warned by the FBI that he was the target of a Russian disinformation campaign. This comes after federal investigators searched Giuliani's office and home Thursday in an investigation tied to a criminal probe of the former mayor's business dealings in Ukraine. The Washington Post, citing anonymous sources, was the first to report on Thursday that Giuliani was warned that he was the target of a Russian influence campaign last year, and that One America News Network (OANN) was given a similar warning. On Saturday, the Post and the Times added an editor's note correcting or removing assertions that OANN and Giuliani received the warnings; NBC said that "as a result" the "premise and headline" of its story had been "changed to reflect the corrected information." Giuliani called out the three newsrooms on Twitter, and challenged them to reveal their sources.

Each outlet received criticism from across the political spectrum for the mistake. CNN called the corrections "black eyes to the newsrooms which have aggressively reported on Giuliani's contacts with Ukrainians." Right-rated outlets tended to focus on the details of the corrections, while some voices from the right said the story pointed to wider issues with outlets from the left rushing to publish anonymous sources with partisan agendas.

New York Times, Washington Post, NBC Correct Their Reports About Giuliani's Contact With FBI

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The New York Times, The Washington Post, and NBC News have retracted earlier reporting that incorrectly stated former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani was directly warned by the FBI that he was targeted by a Russian intelligence influence operation.

The stories came after federal investigators executed a search warrant at the home and office of the former New York mayor. The searches were allegedly linked to Giuliani’s dealings in Ukraine, while Giuliani said he believes the search warrant was issued because he allegedly failed to file with the Department of...

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From the Center
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The New York Times, The Washington Post and NBC News walked back their reporting about the FBI’s communication with President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani regarding Russia.

The Washington Post was the first to report on Thursday that Giuliani was warned that he was the target of a Russian influence campaign last year. The newspaper, citing people familiar with the matter, also reported that One America News Network (OANN) was given a similar warning.

But the Post issued a correction on Saturday saying it had removed assertions that Giuliani...

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From the Left
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The Washington Post, The New York Times, and NBC News on Saturday issued significant corrections, retracting earlier reporting that said Rudy Giuliani had been directly warned by the FBI that he was the target of a Russian disinformation campaign.

The stories came out after Giuliani's office and residence were raided by the FBI on Thursday. The searches were linked to a criminal probe of the former mayor's business dealings in Ukraine and resulted in the seizure of several communications devices.
"An earlier version of this story, published Thursday, incorrectly...

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