Fox News’ embarrassing, false attack on James Comey

Reporting generally calls for checking sources before putting a story out.

James Comey with some of the kids who’ve benefited from CASA’s services. CREDIT: Maggie Haberman/Twitter
James Comey with some of the kids who’ve benefited from CASA’s services. CREDIT: Maggie Haberman/Twitter

Conservative outlets are eager to feed Trump’s conspiracy-minded fanbase — and will seize on the tiniest scrap of information to support their efforts. The Daily Mail “reported” Thursday that Comey was seen with his wife entering the New York Times’ building. Suspiciously, the two were wearing sunglasses!

This prompted several pro-Trump outlets to speculate that Comey was doing an interview with the Times and possibly sharing more information that would hurt the President.

Fox News picked up the Daily Mail’s story about Comey’s “sneaky visit,” fueling conspiracy theories about Comey, Mueller, and the media all supposedly working together against Trump. It dovetailed nicely with an interview that aired later on Fox & Friends where he criticized Comey, Mueller and the investigation.

All of this speculation was wrong. Comey, a foster parent, was attending an event at a law firm in the building in support of a charity that works to find safe homes for abused children.

The Times’ Maggie Haberman had already debunked Comey’s “sneaky visit” Thursday evening. He was in the Times’ building, but not the Times’ office.

CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. It’s a non-profit that “supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy so every abused or neglected child in the United States can be safe, have a permanent home and the opportunity to thrive.”

Eventually, the Fox News acknowledged the truth but insisted that the New York Times had now “set the record straight.”

They did not admit that Haberman’s tweets debunking the Daily Mail story were published many hours before their own “reporting” about his “sneaky visit” aired Friday morning.