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Media outlets retract claims that Rudy Giuliani knowingly hid Russian disinformation from the public

Prominent newspapers, including the New York Times, NBC, and Washington Post, were recently forced to retract their articles on Rudy Giuliani after his apartment in Manhattan was raided by the FBI.

Prior to last week’s findings, these newspapers had published the notion that Rudy Giuliani knowingly hid Russian disinformation from the public after he had allegedly been informed of it via an FBI briefing. The Times appended their correction to a story about the role Giuliani may have played in the 2019 recall of ambassador Marie L. Yovanovitch. “An earlier version of this article misstated whether Rudolph W. Giuliani received a formal warning from the F.B.I. about Russian disinformation. Mr. Giuliani did not receive such a so-called defensive briefing,” The Times wrote Saturday in a note attached to the piece. The Washington Post was in a similar situation.

Consequently, they wrote in a piece on Saturday, “An earlier version of this story, published Thursday, incorrectly reported that One America News was warned by the FBI that it was the target of a Russian influence operation. That version also said the FBI had provided a similar warning to Rudolph W. Giuliani, which he has since disputed. This version has been corrected to remove assertions that OAN and Giuliani received the warnings.”

NBC News, however, issued a smaller retraction of the story, saying their earlier reporting was based on an old source, and it was only after reviewing a new source that “now says the briefing was only prepared for Giuliani and not delivered to him, in part over concerns it might complicate the criminal investigation of Giuliani. As a result, the premise and headline of the article below have been changed to reflect the corrected information.” Giuliani tweeted in response to this claim, asking the network for the source they used to gather the misinformation in the first place. 

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ARTICLE: ETHAN FINN

POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

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