Former Clinton White House official now CNN political analyst Joe Lockhart admitted on Wednesday that he lied about a conversation between two Republican senators that he said were stunned about what they were learning during President Trump’s Senate trial.
Lockhart tweeted: “Overheard convo between two Republican Senators who only watch Fox News. ‘is this stuff real? I haven’t heard any of this before. I thought it was all about a server. If half the stuff Schiff is saying is true, we’re up shit’s creek. Hope the White House has exculpatory evidence.[‘]”
Then after a while, Lockhart eventually admitted that he made the whole thing up. Mind you, he waited until his tweet went viral to make the confession.
Ok maybe I made up the convo, but you know that's exactly what they're thinking.— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) January 22, 2020
Steve Guest – Republican National Committee (RNC) Rapid Response Director -pointed out that self-described Washington Post “conservative blogger” Jennifer Rubin, who is really a leftist, promoted CNN political analyst Joe Lockhart’s fabricated quote on her Twitter account.
President Trump Rapid Response Deputy Director of Communications Matt Wolking tweeted: “CNN employee @joelockhart is knowingly spreading lies and disinformation online just for the fun of it. This is what CNN pays him to do. 4,600 retweets for the lie, only 389 retweets for the admission that he made it up.”
CNN employee @joelockhart is knowingly spreading lies and disinformation online just for the fun of it. This is what CNN pays him to do.— Matt Wolking (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@MattWolking) January 22, 2020
4,600 retweets for the lie, only 389 retweets for the admission that he made it up. pic.twitter.com/bAxi3I7kVr
Liberal podcast host Dave Rubin also weighed in y calling out CNN “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter, who recently had Lockhart on his show.
Hey @brianstelter, as a very serious “journalist” do you have any thoughts on your colleague (a former Clinton staffer, of course) sharing a totally made up quote? Maybe cover this on the next episode of Unreliable Sources? https://t.co/bIexPfFeqm— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) January 22, 2020
Fox News host Greg Gutfeld responded: “Yeah, this happened. Don’t take up screenwriting, Joe. You suck at dialogue.”
Yeah, this happened. Don’t take up screenwriting, Joe. You suck at dialogue. https://t.co/YhEO6NLToO— GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) January 22, 2020