New York Times, Washington Post, and NBC forced to retract claims about Rudy Giuliani’s contact with FBI
Several media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, and NBC News, retracted claims about former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and the recent FBI raid that was conducted on his home.
“An earlier version of this article misstated whether Rudolph W. Giuliani received a formal warning from the F.B.I. about Russian disinformation. Mr. Giuliani did not receive such a so-called defensive briefing,” The New York Times wrote in a correction on Saturday.
The outlets, citing different sources, claimed Giuliani was warned about Russian disinformation and the subsequent raid of his Manhattan apartment, but no such warning occurred. The FBI raided Giuliani’s home last Wednesday, investigating whether he illegally lobbied the Trump administration on behalf of Ukrainian officials.
The Washington Post initially claimed that One America News Network and Giuliani were warned about the Russian disinformation and subsequently issued a similar correction.
“An earlier version of this story, published Thursday, incorrectly reported that One America News was warned by the FBI that it was the target of a Russian influence operation,” the outlet wrote.
“That version also said the FBI had provided a similar warning to Rudolph W. Giuliani, which he has since disputed. This version has been corrected to remove assertions that OAN and Giuliani received the warnings,” it added.
A Washington Post spokesperson added in a comment to the Washington Examiner: “The story is focused on official concern that Rudolph Giuliani and One America News risked becoming part of Russian influence operations targeting the 2020 election. The incorrect detail removed from the story was the assertion that the FBI had briefed Giuliani and OAN about those concerns – it is now believed the bureau did not do so.”
A correction from NBC News provided some additional information, clarifying that a warning was written but never delivered to Giuliani.
According to the outlet, a second source “now says the briefing was only prepared for Giuliani and not delivered to him, in part over concerns it might complicate the criminal investigation of Giuliani. As a result, the premise and headline of the article below have been changed to reflect the corrected information.”
Giuliani responded to the retractions in a pair of tweets, calling on the outlets to apologize to him.
“Where did the original false information come from? @MSNBC@CNN@nytimes I couldn’t quite hear your apology?” he asked.
Where did the original false information come from?
@MSNBC @CNN @nytimes I couldn’t quite hear your apology? https://t.co/UBL3OJrOhp
— Rudy W. Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) May 1, 2021
In a second tweet, Giuliani repeated his request for the outlets to identify their sources.
“The Washington Post and the NYT must reveal their sources who lied and targeted an American Citizen. #msnbc , #cnn forgot to mention the corrections today. #fakenews #badpeople,” he posted.
On a Saturday, the Washington Post added this correction to their defamatory story about me. The Washington Post and the NYT must reveal their sources who lied and targeted an American Citizen. #msnbc , #cnn forgot to mention the corrections today. #fakenews #badpeople