This week the New York Times was once again forced to issue a correction after they published an article that was shared by thousands of readers.
The NYT had to issue a correction after they released a report that accused Paul Manafort of trying to pass internal Trump campaign data to a Russia oligarch with close ties to Vladimir Putin during the 2016 presidential race.
The story was based on an accidental disclosure made in a filing by the defense team of Paul Manafort. The filing, redacted portions of which were viewable for a short time due to a formatting error, revealed that Special Counsel Robert Mueller claimed Paul Manafort had
The New York Times’ initial story then stepped it up a notch using their usual “citing a person knowledgeable about the situation,” saying that Paul Manafort had asked his deputy, Rick Gates, to “tell Mr. Kilimnik to pass the data to Oleg P. Deripaska.” Deripaska is a former client of Mr. Manafort who had signed a contract back in 2006 agreeing to pay the political operative $10 million per year, and the two maintained a business relationship until at least 2009. If that were true, the NYT report would have shed light on the clearest example of a relationship between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.
“A previous version of this article misidentified the people to whom Paul Manafort wanted a Russian associate to send polling data,” a note at the bottom of the story read. “Mr. Manafort wanted the data sent to two Ukrainian oligarchs, Serhiy Lyovochkin and Rinat Akhmetov, not Oleg V. Deripaska, a Russian oligarch close to the Kremlin.”
Why asked how the original, incorrect version of the story made it to print, a New York Times spokesperson said, “We published a thorough correction and have no comment beyond it.”
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