CNN no longer needs to be scolded for disseminating fake news. Their own stories are now self-correcting.
Take a report released yesterday. The headline — “Trump administration asks top State Department officials to leave” — is pretty unambiguous. So are the first five paragraphs, which support the main thesis:
Patrick Kennedy, who served for nine years as the undersecretary for management, Assistant Secretaries for Administration and Consular Affairs Michele Bond and Joyce Anne Barr, and Ambassador Gentry Smith, director of the Office for Foreign Missions, were sent letters by the White House that their service was no longer required, the sources told CNN.
All four, career officers serving in positions appointed by the President, submitted letters of resignation per tradition at the beginning of a new administration.
The letters from the White House said that their resignations were accepted and they were thanked for their service.
The White House usually asks career officials in such positions to stay on for a few months until their successors are confirmed.
But then you get to paragraphs seven and eight, the story does a sudden inexplicable about-face…