New York Times reporter Michael S. Schmidt has been accused of backtracking on claims that President Donald Trump had been wiretapped during the campaign.
In January, Schmidt authored an article titled “Wiretapped Data Used In Inquiry of Trump Aides.”
The very first paragraph of the article (hosted online under a different title here) reads:
American law enforcement and intelligence agencies are examining intercepted communications and financial transactions as part of a broad investigation into possible links between Russian officials and associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump.
The article also quotes an anonymous source who says “wiretapped communications had been provided to [Obama’s] White House.”
Two days ago, Schmidt co-authored an article titled “Trump, Offering No Evidence, Says Obama Tapped His Phones.”
The article reads:
The president’s decision on Saturday to lend the power of his office to accusations against his predecessor of politically motivated wiretapping – without offering any proof – was remarkable, even for a leader who has repeatedly shown himself willing to make assertions that are false or based on dubious sources.
These Twitter users are blasting the New York Times for this apparent manipulation.
@TimRunsHisMouth They change the story to fit whatever their bosses tell them. Journalist integrity no longer exists.
— Jim (@Jim__2013) March 6, 2017
— Dianna M. (@Diannam67) March 6, 2017
@TimRunsHisMouth I may not have a terribly long attention span, but it is longer than 3 months.
— Theresa Sickles (@tsickles321) March 6, 2017
— jaded (@jaded5643) March 6, 2017
— Tosca Austen (@ToscaAusten) March 6, 2017
@TimRunsHisMouth You cant make this shit up….
MSM is totally in the tank of corruption.
— Dave Herculon (@DaveEverlasting) March 6, 2017
— Lorraine Allison (@lorraineallison) March 6, 2017