Saturday, November 5, 2016

Fox News Host Bret Baier Makes False Claim About Clinton Indictment. Despite Admitting "Mistake" The Damage Is Done

Fox News Channel's Bret Baier reports the latest news about the Clinton Foundation investigation from two sources inside the FBI.

During Wednesday’s 6 p.m. newscast Baier reported on the FBI’s inquiry into the Clinton Foundation. Over the next hour, he discussed Fox News’ findings with host Brit Hume and described how

two separate sources with intimate knowledge of what’s going on with the FBI investigations” said an indictment was “likely.”...

"The investigations will continue, there is a lot of evidence. And barring some obstruction in some way, they believe they will continue to likely an indictment."

Baier later reported that sources claimed, with “99 percent accuracy,” that “five foreign intelligence agencies” had hacked Clinton’s private email server.

There's only one problem with Bret Baier's breaking bombshell report.

IT"S COMPLETELY FALSE.

Before any other reputable news organizations ran with the story, including NBC News, ABC News and CNN, they researched the claims and found no truth to them.

After being fed the false information through his teleprompter this left "news reporter" Bret Baier in quite the pickle.

So on Friday, Baier walked back the indictment claim and indicated that Fox News couldn’t stand behind its sources’ hacking claim. Some investigators assume Clinton’s email was hacked, but Baier said there are “no digital fingerprints of a breach”.

Bayer went on to do a full mea culpa...

All the time, but especially in heated election on topic this explosive every word matters, no matter how well-sourced. Which brings me to this. I explained a couple of times yesterday the phrasing of one of my answers to Brit Hume on Wednesday night, saying it was inartful, the way I answered the last question about whether the investigations would continue after the election. And I answered that, yes, our sources said it would. They would continue to likely to an indictment. Well, that just wasn't inartful, it was a mistake, and for that I'm sorry.

But Baier's anonymously sourced claim had already made it's way into the talking points of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's rally speeches in which he doubled down on the hyperbole raising the specter of “indictment”...

"There is more breaking news that I’d like to share with you right now. It was reported last night that the FBI is conducting a criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton's pay-for-play corruption during her tenure as secretary of state. In other words, the FBI is investigating how Hillary Clinton put the office of secretary of state up for sale in violation of federal law. The investigation is described as a high priority. It’s far-reaching and has been going on for more than one year. It is reporting that an avalanche of information is coming in. The FBI agents say their investigation is likely to yield an indictment."

When MSNBC’s “11th Hour” host Brian Williams asked Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway about the veracity of the Fox News report and Donald Trump's repeating of the false information Conway casually replied...

"Well, the damage is done to Hillary Clinton, no matter how it’s being termed."

Integrity is obviously not her strong suit nor is it her boss' either.

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