Should news outlets apologize for backing steele dossier?

Axios had harsh words for news outlets who touted the Christopher Steele dossier for years, despite much of the report being uncorroborated.

The Steele dossier, a document funded by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign through law firm Perkins Coie, was comprised by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele in 2017. The dossier provided several salacious rumors involving former President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin and formed the basis for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants against Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

However, on November 4, federal agents arrested the primary sub-source of the Steele dossier, Ivan Danchenko, as part of Special Counsel John Durham’s investigations. Danchenko was charged with five counts of making false statements to the FBI.

For years, the Steele dossier was heavily promoted by news outlets in an effort to push a Russian collusion narrative involving Trump.

Axios reporter Sara Fischer noted, these same outlets have been reluctant to admit their mistakes.

“It’s one of the most egregious journalistic errors in modern history, and the media’s response to its own mistakes has so far been tepid,” Fischer wrote.

“Outsized coverage of the unvetted document drove a media frenzy at the start of Donald Trump’s presidency that helped drive a narrative of collusion between former President Trump and Russia,” Fischer added. “It also helped drive an even bigger wedge between former President Trump and the press at the very beginning of his presidency.”

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