- Trump Decries ‘Fake News’ After ABC Says Ex-Campaign Manager ‘Pleading Guilty of Manslaughter’
ABC News was forced to issue a retraction after it aired graphics that falsely claimed US President Donald Trump’s disgraced former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, pleaded guilty to five counts of manslaughter.
Manafort, who has been held in jail since last week over alleged attempted witness tampering, was thrust into the spotlight again on Wednesday after ABC accidentally added ‘manslaughter’ to his list of charges, none of which are violence-related.
The broadcaster aired the erroneous onscreen graphics that read “Manafort pleads guilty to 5 charges of manslaughter” during its special report on Trump’s immigration policy. While the stunning news only appeared for several seconds, it was enough for the Twittersphere to spot the mistake.
While some appeared to be genially bemused, the majority did not take the blunder at face value, and a barrage of online mockery ensued. The flub did not escape the attention of the ‘Twitterer-in-chief’ himself, who saw it as an opportunity to bash the investigative team of FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The probe was tasked with finding evidence of Trump campaign’s alleged connection with Russia, but it has so far failed to make a case against the US president.
“Look what Fake ABC News put out. I guess they had it prepared from the 13 Angry Democrats leading the Witch Hunt!” Trump tweeted, referring to the investigation.