On the heels of CNN’s high-profile retraction in the past week of a story about a Trump associate’s alleged relationship with the head of a Russian investment fund, word surfaced Wednesday that another news organization, Vice, ran into problems with a couple of Trump-related stories.
“Vice’s Motherboard on Wednesday retracted two reports about Walt Disney World’s addition of President Trump to ‘The Hall of Presidents’ exhibit, saying it identified ‘factual errors’ in the stories,” The Hill reports.
The website posted an editorial note saying: “After a thorough investigation into the sourcing of two stories, ‘Here’s the Secret Backstage Trump Drama at Walt Disney World’s Hall of Presidents’ and ‘Behind the Scenes of Disney’s Donald Trump ‘Hall of Presidents’ Installation,’ and the identification of several factual errors, we have decided to retract both pieces.”
The note adds: “We are conducting a full editorial review to pinpoint how this source was vetted, and how these stories were approved and published in violation of our usual editorial workflow. We fell short of our standards, and regret the error.”
One of the Vice reports quoted a source who indicated Disney had been having a hard time dealing with Trump’s team, which insisted on writing the speech for the animatronic version of Trump. Walt Disney World disputed the report.
In an email to The Hill, Jacquee Wahler, VP of communications for Disney World, said: “As we have stated, President Trump will have a speaking role in the Hall of Presidents like every president since 1993. We have been working closely with the White House and the president’s recording session has been scheduled. We have repeatedly stated that the attraction will re-open in late 2017.”
Here’s a clip from November about the upcoming addition of Trump to the Hall of Presidents …