“NBC News corrected a story Thursday that said federal investigators had placed a wiretap on the phone lines of President Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen, saying it subsequently learned that the feds were only monitoring the source of calls and weren’t listening in,” the AP reports.
“The correction gives ammunition to the nation’s highest-ranked media critic. Trump has frequently criticized the media for ‘fake news’ involving stories he doesn’t like,” the story notes.
The AP adds: “NBC moved its original story online shortly after 1 p.m. on Thursday, and it became immediate fodder on MSNBC and other cable networks. The correction was issued online at 5:27 p.m. with an editor’s note to the rewritten story, and was discussed on MSNBC’s ‘Meet the Press Daily.’”
The report also notes: “The network had attributed its original story to two anonymous sources with knowledge of the legal proceedings against Cohen. Tom Winter, one of NBC’s investigative reporters, said the sources have a track record of providing reliable information.”