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CNN’s Brown Spread “Bush Knew” Web Rumor After It Was Retracted
Media Research ^ | 7-10-03

Posted on 07/10/2003 2:53:22 PM PDT by bellevuesbest

CNN Anchor Pushes Anti-bush Rumor -- Four Hours after its Retraction! When Castigating George Bush for Passing on Bogus Information, Aaron Brown Passes on Web Story He Should Have Known Was False

In the 1990s, the World Wide Web was denigrated in media circles as a nest of White House-bashing conspiracy theorists, a fact-free zone where the scandal stories were too good to check. Last night, CNN NewsNight anchor Aaron Brown pulled a fascinating, though embarrassing trick: While castigating the President for passing on bogus information, he passed on a bogus Internet story he should have known was false.

After the lead story on the WMD search by David Ensor, CNN’s all-news anchor jumped on the latest juicy rumor, asking Ensor: “There is, as you know, a story that's been circulating on the Web today that there was at some point a conversation between the President and a CIA consultant where the consultant directly told the President that this African uranium deal was bogus. Do you have any reporting that supports the idea that the President was directly told it was fake before he included it in the State of the Union speech?”

Clearly flummoxed, Ensor could only say: “I have no way to confirm that story and it is somewhat suspect, I would say, but we'll have to check it.”

In searching for the Web source of this rumor today, CNSNews.com Executive Editor Scott Hogenson found the story on CapitolHillBlue.com, where founder and publisher Doug Thompson retracted the story under the headline “Conned big time” at 6:05 pm Eastern Daylight Time -- four hours before Brown’s exchange with Ensor!

(Excerpt) Read more at mediaresearch.org ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aaronbrown; cnn; davidensor; dougthompson; mediabias; mrc; niger; retraction; terrancejwilkinson; uranium; wmd

1 posted on 07/10/2003 2:53:22 PM PDT by bellevuesbest
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To: William McKinley
ping

Didn't stop CNN
2 posted on 07/10/2003 2:58:13 PM PDT by bellevuesbest
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To: bellevuesbest; William McKinley
Excellent! At least the Media Research center is paying attention! Aaron Brown should be e-mailed to make a public retraction.
3 posted on 07/10/2003 2:58:34 PM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: bellevuesbest
It's nice to see where the ever so important and somber Aaron Brown gets his news and point of view.
4 posted on 07/10/2003 2:58:51 PM PDT by Dolphy
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5 posted on 07/10/2003 2:59:48 PM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: Doug Thompson
How's the investigation going?
6 posted on 07/10/2003 3:02:04 PM PDT by Registered (77% of the mentally ill live in poverty, that leaves 23% doing quite well!)
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To: Doug Thompson
How's the investigation going?
7 posted on 07/10/2003 3:02:28 PM PDT by Registered (77% of the mentally ill live in poverty, that leaves 23% doing quite well!)
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To: bellevuesbest; Badabing Badaboom; pokerbuddy0; aristeides
There is, as you know, a story that's been circulating on the Web...

CNN. The font of "responsible" journalism. < /sarcasm>

Nothing new. Brown was used early in Project Get Hatfill - spinning the "Greendale School" and other myths and innuendoes.

8 posted on 07/10/2003 3:03:15 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: Shermy
I didn't realize that as I never watch CNN. Thanks Shermy.
9 posted on 07/10/2003 3:04:26 PM PDT by Fred Mertz
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To: bellevuesbest
Down the Memory Hole...
10 posted on 07/10/2003 3:05:28 PM PDT by Old Sarge (Serving the Home Front on Operation Noble Eagle!)
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To: bellevuesbest
The whole story and background is here too -

"The story also managed to get discussed on CNN. As CNS News noted, Aaron Brown mentioned the news story circulating "that there was at some point a conversation between the president and a CIA consultant where the consultant directly told the president that this African uranium deal was bogus." David Ensor told Brown the story sounded suspect to him, but millions of ears had the seed planted in their heads by the mention. TruthOut was undoubtedly pleased.

"Games people play in the middle of the night..."

Meanwhile, TruthOut was apparently working to cover some tracks. They removed a copy of the story they had posted on their website, putting in its place at the exact same URL a copy of a Washington Post article. As was captured over at Free Republic, however, their search engine's cache provided evidence that they did have the story up at one time. Later, they published a copy of Thompson's retraction"

http://williammckinley.blogspot.com/2003_07_01_williammckinley_archive.html#105786512599461515

12 posted on 07/10/2003 3:08:12 PM PDT by Weimdog
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To: bellevuesbest
That's great...all he needed to do was say it once to get the rumor mill going...don't count on a retraction.....Thanks Doug.
13 posted on 07/10/2003 3:10:13 PM PDT by mystery-ak (The War is not over for me until my hubby's boots hit U.S. soil.)
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To: Shermy
What's CNN?
14 posted on 07/10/2003 3:18:56 PM PDT by PokeyJoe (Fox News Channel: Where the infobabes strip the news of bias, report it, and let us decide)
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To: bellevuesbest; All
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/943322/posts
It is getting better. Check this out [Truthout trying to hide stealing a fraudulent article]
Anyway, might as well plug my blog. It has links to all of these threads, and a few other stories I have been following are 1) Liberia, 2) The Lawrence decision, 3) Charlie Chan, 4) ALA, and 5) conservatism in general.
 
 
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/943260/posts
BREAKING: Conned big time "CIA Witness" to White House Lying about Intel story found to be FRAUD
Capitol Hill Blue ^ | July 9, 2003 | Doug Thompson
 
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/943727/posts
No more unnamed sources - Doug Thomson - Capitol Hill Blue
Capitol Hill Blue ^ | 7/10/03 | DOUG THOMPSON
 
 
Then follow the links:
I can't pin point it .. but my gut tells me there is some more going on that we haven't figured out yet

15 posted on 07/10/2003 3:27:57 PM PDT by backhoe
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To: mystery-ak
<< That's great...all he needed to do was say it once to get the rumor mill going...don't count on a retraction... >>

Yup. Can't put the genie back into the bottle.
16 posted on 07/10/2003 3:36:56 PM PDT by GOP_Proud
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To: bellevuesbest
Looks like CNN's agreement to be Saddam friendly is still in place after all.
17 posted on 07/10/2003 3:38:44 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: bellevuesbest
You know, there ought to be a way to exploit this internet rumor mongering by topline journalists. We should concoct some sort of scheme that is ready to be kicked off at a crucial point in the elections next year.
18 posted on 07/10/2003 3:42:05 PM PDT by Prodigal Son
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To: Shermy
Was he now? I bet truthout.org was, too.
19 posted on 07/10/2003 3:43:08 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: bellevuesbest
I thought they replaced Aaron with some Anorexic blonde, black, or Asian chick as is typical at CNN.
20 posted on 07/10/2003 3:44:41 PM PDT by Porterville (I support US total global, world domination; how's that for sensitive??)
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To: Fred Mertz; piasa
Here's the August 1, 2002 Aaron Brown transcript about Hatfill:

http://www.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0208/01/asb.00.html
21 posted on 07/10/2003 3:51:26 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: bellevuesbest
There is, as you know, a story that's been circulating on the Web today Aaron Brown

So condescending of him! How many people missed this yesterday, and if they did, could it be because they have lives to tend to?

22 posted on 07/10/2003 3:56:44 PM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife (Lurking since 2000.)
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To: Registered
DT is ouuta town chasing down the perp...he won't rest, he swears ;-)
23 posted on 07/10/2003 3:57:48 PM PDT by habs4ever
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To: Registered
The lapdogs for the left just never quit, do they?
24 posted on 07/10/2003 3:58:24 PM PDT by Peach
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To: habs4ever


25 posted on 07/10/2003 3:59:19 PM PDT by Registered (77% of the mentally ill live in poverty, that leaves 23% doing quite well!)
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To: Registered
I like this one too.
26 posted on 07/10/2003 4:05:05 PM PDT by SuzanneC
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To: Registered
Bravo! Can you do that in camo hat, too?
27 posted on 07/10/2003 4:11:20 PM PDT by habs4ever
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To: Miss Marple; William McKinley; JoeSixPack1; arasina; Pegita; Endeavor; Sabertooth
see #25
28 posted on 07/10/2003 4:13:10 PM PDT by habs4ever
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29 posted on 07/10/2003 4:35:24 PM PDT by Sabertooth
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To: habs4ever
Yep, he looks like I think he should look like ... does he look like that to you?
30 posted on 07/10/2003 4:36:17 PM PDT by Pegita
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To: Pegita
I think that is the man himself, Big Daddy Doug Thompson...
31 posted on 07/10/2003 4:41:10 PM PDT by habs4ever
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To: All
Somebody help me here. I know I read here on FR in the past two days that someone was going to get the retraction info to Aaron Brown before his show aired? I know I didn't dream it. Does anyone else remember that post?
32 posted on 07/10/2003 4:59:01 PM PDT by arasina (I'm not sure if I really care for indecisive people. Maybe I do; maybe not.)
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To: Registered
Aw, give a girl a break, will ya? I tried. :o)
To: DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet

"...post a scanned copy of the business card..."


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271 posted on 07/09/2003 8:58 PM CDT by arasina (Blankety Bla)

33 posted on 07/10/2003 5:06:44 PM PDT by arasina (I'm not sure if I really care for indecisive people. Maybe I do; maybe not.)
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To: bellevuesbest
I believe is a Cannadian like Jennings is; Brown started on ABC overnight TV news.

With another Canadian name Talia Sh----?

What's the deal of ABC TV using anti-Americans from the CBC farm teams?

34 posted on 07/10/2003 5:28:31 PM PDT by autoresponder (. . . . SOME CAN*T HANDLE THE TRUTH . . . THE NYT ESPECIALLY!)
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To: bellevuesbest
Brown is still around. I thought the powers-that-be dubbed him too creepy to be on television.
35 posted on 07/10/2003 5:50:23 PM PDT by jagrmeister
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To: Registered

36 posted on 07/10/2003 6:10:04 PM PDT by Sloth ("I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!" -- Jacobim Mugatu, 'Zoolander')
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To: bellevuesbest
Aaron Brown like the rest of his dimwitted group don't care what they spread. And the more false, the better.
37 posted on 07/10/2003 7:43:59 PM PDT by freekitty
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To: bellevuesbest
bump
38 posted on 07/10/2003 8:19:42 PM PDT by GOPJ
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To: Howlin
touristguy returns as T J Wilkerson
39 posted on 07/11/2003 1:32:26 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: piasa
I was thinking the same thing yesterday. Thanks for posting my thoughts. LOL
40 posted on 07/11/2003 1:36:37 AM PDT by nopardons
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To: Registered
You know, we all ought to carry one of those around, to freeps, etc, with our name and photo on it, just in case any journalists ask us who we are, or needs to see credentials. It'll save them time since they'll never have to independently verify who we are.

Do you think their editors will see the humor in it?

41 posted on 07/11/2003 1:39:11 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: All
If you want to let CNN know how you feel here is a link.

http://www.cnn.com/feedback/
42 posted on 07/11/2003 1:58:59 AM PDT by Terp (Retired US Navy now living in Philippines were the Moutains meet the Sea in the Land of Smiles)
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To: bellevuesbest
I was was surfing through CNN last night and heard two hosts, who were discussing some hoax that had misled CNN. They were talking about the problems arising from the very fast dissemination of "news" because of modern technologies, like the internet.

I listened for about 5 minutes, but they didn't mention what the hoax was about.

I guess they liked avoiding the tawdry details of the actual hoax/affair. They obviously preferred discussion on a purer, abstract plane.

I'm glad I was able to come here, to Free Republic, to get the lowdown.
43 posted on 07/11/2003 6:32:24 AM PDT by syriacus (Why DO liberals keep describing one other as THOUGHTFUL individuals?)
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To: Weimdog
http://williammckinley.blogspot.com/2003_07_01_williammckinley_archive.html#105786512599461515


Neat webpage!
44 posted on 07/11/2003 6:34:03 AM PDT by syriacus (Why DO liberals keep describing one other as THOUGHTFUL individuals?)
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To: syriacus

What did he know?
When did he know it?

45 posted on 07/11/2003 6:55:38 AM PDT by syriacus (Why DO liberals keep describing one other as THOUGHTFUL individuals?)
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To: syriacus
Maybe thought ought to hook up all CNN and media personnel to lie detector machines and make them report news with those machines live and let the beeping begin! It would bring a new meaning to the word "REALITY TV"
46 posted on 07/11/2003 8:18:50 AM PDT by princess leah
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To: bellevuesbest
bump
47 posted on 07/11/2003 8:24:27 AM PDT by GOPJ
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To: bellevuesbest
as expected from CNN.....
48 posted on 07/11/2003 8:42:17 AM PDT by 1Old Pro (The Dems are self-destructing before our eyes, How Great is That !)
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To: syriacus
I guess that's as close to a retraction we can expect from CNN. I don't watch CNN. Did anybody watch Brown last night to see if he admitted he goofed?
49 posted on 07/11/2003 10:46:46 AM PDT by bellevuesbest
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