In a rare turn of events, ‘Fox and Friends’ co-host Steve Doocy said Tuesday that the inaccurate report they did on former FBI Director James Comey revealing classified information in his memos was “mistaken.”
Following Fox’s false story, President Donald Trump —who appears to repeat everything Fox News airs— tweeted, “James Comey leaked CLASSIFIED INFORMATION to the media. That is so illegal!” However, as of Tuesday at 8:00 a.m., Trump’s tweet still existed on his page and he has not corrected the tweet.
Doocy appeared before the morning headlines to issue the network’s correction.
“Yesterday on this program we aired and tweeted this story saying former FBI director James Comey leaked memos containing top secret information,” he said. “We were mistaken in that. According to the report, half of the memos contain information classified at the secret or confidential, not top-secret. Markings of the documents in which Mr. Comey leaked are, at this point, unclear. Just wanted to straighten that out.”
The network did not apologize to Comey for alleging he did anything illegal or unethical nor did Doocy’s fellow Fox and Friends hosts comment the network’s flub.
Senior White House aide Kellyanne Conway ran with the information during her appearance on CNN Monday and asked why CNN wasn’t reporting the story. CNN ultimately discussed the inaccuracies in the story and the report fell apart by late Monday afternoon.
This is the first time the right-wing propaganda network has admitted to reporting “fake news”.
Watch Fox News’ “half-baked” correction in the video below: