As discussed here, “Fox & Friends” on Monday morning made a couple of consequential mistakes. Citing a story in the Hill, the remarkably idiotic morning show tweeted, “Report accuses material James Comey leaked to a friend contained top secret information.”
Report accuses material James Comey leaked to a friend contained top secret information pic.twitter.com/Hkg4cAb6o9
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) July 10, 2017
A news reader on the program said, “Remember when James Comey testified the material he leaked to a friend was not classified? … Well, it turns out he actually may have broken the rules. A brand-new bombshell report accuses Comey of putting our national security at risk. According to the Hill, the former FBI director’s personal memos, detailing private conversations with President Trump, contained top secret information.”
Those attempts at abridging the Hill’s story were faulty, though they surely pleased the president.
James Comey leaked CLASSIFIED INFORMATION to the media. That is so illegal!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2017
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.