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Old 07-10-2018, 08:27 PM
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Default NBC News reporter deletes tweet claiming Trump, Kennedy were in cahoots over Kavanaug

Sad/scary part is this is a Capitol Hill reporter.

NBC News reporter deletes tweet claiming Trump, Kennedy were in cahoots over Kavanaugh selection

NBC News Capitol Hill reporter Leigh Ann Caldwell on Tuesday deleted a tweet that had triggered backlash, claiming President Trump and retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy were in cahoots to get Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the seat.

Caldwell initially tweeted, “On Kavanaugh pick… Kennedy and Trump/WH had been in negotiations for months over Kennedy’s replacement. Once Kennedy received assurances that it would be Kavanaugh, his former law clerk, Kennedy felt comfortable retiring, according to a source who was told of the discussion.”

Kavanaugh, 53, formerly clerked for Kennedy and was elevated to the powerful federal appeals court in the District of Columbia by former President George W. Bush, under whom he had also served as a White House lawyer and staff secretary. Trump officially nominated Kavanaugh to fill Kennedy’s seat on the Supreme Court on Monday night.

Caldwell also reported, “The five names Trump added to his list of Federalist Approved judges last November was to get Kavanaugh on that list. The other four names were considered cover, per source. In other words: the decision has been baked for a while.”

After critics slammed Caldwell’s reporting, she initially tried to explain, “To be clear: This is from one source and dont have any info on whether potus talked to kennedy about a possible replacement.” Caldwell even posted a Politico story about Trump’s meeting with Kennedy leaving him confident in Kavanaugh.

Caldwell’s series of tweets – and similar comments from NBC News White House correspondent Geoff Bennett -- caused chaos on social media, as liberal commentator David Corn declared it would “merit a congressional investigation” if true.

“There is literally no evidence of this claim, but it has now gone mainstream because two irresponsible NBC News reporters blasted it out before admitting they had ‘no info’ about whether it actually happened,” conservative commentator James Hasson tweeted.

The tweet even made its way to the White house, where Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah called it “completely false.”

Caldwell eventually deleted the tweet and clarified what she intended to report.

“I’ve deleted this tweet because it incorrectly implies a transactional nature in Kennedy’s replacement. I am told by a source who was not directly part of the talks that Kennedy provided Pres. Trump/ WH a list of acceptable replacements,” the NBC News reporter wrote.

Caldwell continued: “Kavanaugh was the only one who was thought conservative enough to consider, I’m told. They added Kavanaugh – and 4 other names - to the public Federalist list that Trump would choose from in November. We are continuing to report this story.”

National Review editor Charles Cooke pointed out that the misleading information was retweeted thousands of times, while the correction received little attention. NBC News is regularly mocked by Trump himself and the latest gaffe presumably will add fuel to the fire.

“The idea that a deal was struck with Justice Kennedy is ridiculous,” a senior administration official told Fox News.

NBC News did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Fox News’ Jennifer Bowman and Kaitlyn Schallhorn contributed to this report.

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And they wonder why people call NBC fake news!
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Default Re: NBC News reporter deletes tweet claiming Trump, Kennedy were in cahoots over Kava

Although completely false the purported "conspiracy" has a logical footing. After all, it is wellknown Kennedy and Trump have had communications

Kavanaugh was a "SAFE" pick for President Trump. Having spent virtually all of his career in Washington DC, he is a member of the swamp Trump promised to drain. That, of course, is somewhat of a disappointment to Trumpster's. But on the other hand, Kavanaugh is more likely than any of the other final four to win the vote of the Senate.

He is well known and well liked by most of the Washington Elites. So those same elites Senators are going to have to look a colleague in the eye and vote yea or nay. I know many believe the Billionaire is dumber than a bag of rocks, but this strategy seems sorta clever to me.

My concern is that Kavanaugh, being from the DC Swamp mentality and conditioning, may well be like Judge Roberts who disappointed conservatives over Obamacare. What we have to remember is that Supreme Court Justices need to be neither left or right but Constitutionalist. That is their stated, and only, mission description.
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Default Re: NBC News reporter deletes tweet claiming Trump, Kennedy were in cahoots over Kava

The main issue here is the total lack of journalistic procedure...Research...

The NBC reporter blurted this out, publicly, based on ONE source (unnamed, of course) who said it happened even though they weren't even involved...

NBC’s Capitol Hill Reporter Demonstrates Why So Many Dislike the Press

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Every time I criticize the mainstream press, I am treated to a saccharine lecture on how wrong I am to cast aspersions about America’s most valuable profession. “You don’t understand,” I am informed. “These people are diligent, and hard-working, and thorough, and they move heaven and earth to get the story right. Occasionally, they make mistakes. But they feel terrible when they do, and they move quickly to fix it. They don’t deserve your disdain.”

But they do, so often. And here is a good example of why that disdain is so forthcoming:

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Furthermore, the five names Trump added to his list of Federalist Approved judges last November was to get Kavanaugh on that list. The other four names were considered cover, per source.

In other words: the decision has been baked for a while:
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— Leigh Ann Caldwell (@LACaldwellDC) July 10, 2018
Gosh, what a bombshell story! And the day after the nomination, too! Given that this has the potential not only to dominate the news cycle, but to filter down into the rhetorical arsenals of everyone who opposes Kavanaugh, one can only assume that its progenitor did her homework, right? After all, she isn’t some random; she’s a Capitol Hill reporter for NBC, and worked previously at CNN and in public radio. She knows how important it is to ensure that her story is solid. It would be absurd if her attitude were, “not sure about this one, better send it around the Internet just in case.”

At best, this is extraordinarily irresponsible. At worse, it is malicious. Since Trump won the election, our national conversation has been marked by this approach: First, a “journalist” will present an exciting story as fact; then, to rile up the reader, they will inject some high-octane editorializing — perhaps an “in other words . . .” or a “this is not normal” or an “in 2018!”; and, finally, they will present the real story — or, in this case, admit that they are relying on “one source” and don’t actually “have any info” on whether it’s true or not. And then they will sit back and watch the initial claim go viral, and, if they are called on it they will refer their critics to the caveat they added afterwards.

The point here is not that Caldwell is necessarily wrong. I am skeptical myself, and Leonard Leo has categorically refuted the charge, but it’s certainly possible that we’ll see more of this story. The point is that this isn’t journalism. Because she did no research, Leigh Ann Caldwell has allowed herself to be used as a laundry service for political rumor-mongering. Whether deliberately or not, she’s become part of a partisan fight. Irrespective of whether she wanted to, she has made herself a mouthpiece, not an arbiter. “I heard a rumor” is not good enough. It’s not professional. Do better — or quit complaining about your cavilers.
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And they wonder why people call NBC fake news!
well they dont wonder why people call fox fake!
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well they dont wonder why people call fox fake!
So, nothing to contribute to the thread other than a snarky remark?
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