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Lawrence O’Donnell Apologizes For Promoting Fake News

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Lawrence O’Donnell Apologizes For Promoting Fake News

Lawrence O’Donnell Apologizes For Promoting Fake News
August 30
15:47 2019

Progressive MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell, recent apologized for reporting an unverified bogus report, alleging that President Trump was tied to an illicit money transaction with Russian oligarchs.

The “mea-culpa” by O’Donnell Wednesday night came after a firestorm of criticism from both the White House along with the Trump Organization headed by the President son. Eric, who upon hearing the MSNBC report accusing his father of once again colluding with Russia, vowed to take legal action against MSNBC and Lawrence O’Donnell.

“This was a reckless attempt to slander our family and smear a great company. Apologies are not enough when the true intent was solely to damage and cause harm. As a company, we will be taking legal action. This unethical behavior has to stop. @Lawrence @MSNBC,” Eric Trump tweeted Wednesday night.

O’Donnell apparently realizing that his zeal to “get the President” may have in fact backfired tried to walk back the damage he caused to the Trump corporate brand.

“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.”

The irresponsible and slanderous reporting by the mainstream media that the nation along with the White House has had to endure for almost 3-years, may finally be reckoned with in a court of law.

O’Donnell also acknowledged after his abrupt apology that their parent company NBCUniversal had received a letter by the President’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.”

The letter, obtained by Fox News, was sent by Trump’s legal counsel to NBC Universal executives.

“We write concerning the false and defamatory statements published by Lawrence O’Donnell and NBC Universal,” the letter read.

“Demand is hereby made that Mr. O’Donnell and NBCU immediately and prominently retract, correct and apologize for the aforementioned false and defamatory statements.”

The letter, written by Charles J. Harder, asked for NBC to confirm in 24 hours: “O’Donnell and NBCU will immediately and prominently retract, correct and apologize for the aforementioned false and defamatory statements.”

“Failure to do so will leave my clients with no alternative but to consider their legal options which could include immediate legal proceedings against Mr. O’Donnell and NBCU,” Harder added.

However as mentioned at the start of this story, there’s another Trump who isn’t interested in O’Donnell’s phony and scripted apology.

Moreover, separate from the White House and running a worldwide organization under the TRUMP BANNER, who rightly feels that his company has taken an egregious hit by MSNBC’s malicious attempt to undermine the Trump brand.

Hopefully, Eric Trump will not be as magnanimous as his Dad and take theses pompous phonies through the legal process, let them defend themselves openly in a court of law, let them explain through a series of legal depositions and discovery why they’re so corrupted. Drag them through the humiliation of defending themselves as stewards of the truth.

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6 Comments

  1. JoeyP
    JoeyP September 02, 18:09

    This FAKE NEWS (actually Lying) has GOT to stop! . . . There’s no excuse for it. Team Trump and his allies 2020.

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    • Dr. Richard
      Dr. Richard September 03, 13:56

      I agree, however if it is going to stop it must begin with our country’s the worst perpetrator of fake news and blatant lies, FoxNews. I have tracked their false and misleading stories for years and am convinced that their far right agenda has led to Trump’s outrageous and continuous promotion of their broadcasts. Trump’s blatant adherence to Sean Hannity’s not very subtle slander of anyone or anything that is critical of Trump should raise questions, on both sides of the aisle, as to how on earth we allow such things to happen in a democracy.

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  2. rg
    rg September 02, 19:01

    nothing more useless than an apology from a news person or an politico person

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  3. Randy131
    Randy131 September 02, 20:05

    Lawrence O’Donnell’s insincere apology and pathetic retraction was, “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.”

    Lawrence O’Donnell said the reason for his apology and retraction was, “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.”

    But by now there has been plenty of time to “go through the rigorous verification and standards process here at MSNBC and their parent company NBC Universal,” so was any of Lawrence O’Donnell’s report true, or not, and if any was confirmed, what was true and what was not true?

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  4. Defiant One
    Defiant One September 02, 23:22

    Damn, Re-PUNK-licans, find a pair and take action instead of always talking about taking action! This is why the Godless Left is having a field day against this nation!

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  5. kbhret
    kbhret September 03, 16:04

    FAKE APOLOGY…..DOESN’T MATTER….
    THEY’LL DO IT AGAIN!!!!!!
    TIME TO SUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    SUE AND SUE BIG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THERE’S MONEY TO BE MADE OFF OF THESE GOOFS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Reply to this comment

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