Those attempts at abridging the Hill’s story were faulty, though they surely pleased the president.
Co-host Steve Doocy on Tuesday morning alerted viewers that mistakes had been made. “Yesterday on this program we aired and tweeted a story saying former FBI director James Comey leaked memos containing top-secret information. We were mistaken in that. According to a report, half of the memos contained information classified at the secret or confidential level, not top secret. Documents in which Mr. Comey leaked are at this point unclear. Just wanted to straighten that out.” A tweet from the “Fox & Friends” account also delivered a similar correction.
Substantial public fascination relates to the memo that Comey passed along to friend and Columbia University law professor Daniel Richman for leaking to the New York Times. Though Richman didn’t send that memo to the newspaper, he did share its contents. And he told CNN on Monday that he didn’t receive any memo that was marked classified.
Such details are clearly too much for a program that prefers to glide over them in search of storylines that please Trump, who had a weekly gig with the “Fox & Friends” crew for years before declaring his presidential candidacy in 2015.
Credit Doocy & Co. with running a correction, though it understated the clownish aspect of the proceedings, in which Fox News was forced to report on Trump’s accusatory tweet without fully noting its own role in it. Again, this is a program that needs to be killed.