MSNBC Host Forced to Apologize Over Bogus Russia Loan Story

Extremist left-wing cable station MSNBC has been caught with fake news once again, this time claiming that Russia gave President Donald Trump millions in loans.

The report of Russians supposedly co-signing loans for Trump was broadcast by MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell who jumped to air Tuesday evening with his accusations despite that the “story” had only a single source — something that violates all journalistic standards.

On Tuesday evening, O’Donnell said that a “single source close to Deutsche Bank” told him that President Donald Trump’s loans were co-signed by “Russian billionaires close to Vladimir Putin.”

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“If true,” O’Donnell added, “that would be a significant factor in Vladimir Putin’s publicly stated preference for presidential candidate Donald Trump over presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.”

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But now, it seems that this story is fake news.

It also appears that NBC did not verify the “story” before O’Donnell went live with it. Of course, this is all a major breach of ethics.

Naturally, the report blew up after its airing. Liberals everywhere were already pushing the lie.

Bellicose anti-Trump Hollywood director Rob Reiner, for one, swallowed a fake news MSNBC report that Russians co-signed a loan for President Donald Trump, jumping to Twitter to decry the “mountain of criminality” in the Trump White House.

On Wednesday morning, the “Meathead” actor went on the attack:

So now we have Russians co-signing Trump’s loans. The mountain of Criminality is overwhelming. Impeachment is just the start. Vote him out. Then indict him. America deserves a President who isn’t a Liar, a Racist, and a Traitor.

Despite the arm waving and gnashing of teeth, Reiner ended up looking like a fool after the MSNBC report he cited in his tweet ended up being so loosely sourced that nearly every news agency except MSNBC rushed to debunk the claim.

By the very next morning, it all fell apart and O’Donnell was left apologizing.

O’Donnell’s apology also came on the heels of demands from the president’s attorneys that he must issue a retraction.

“These statements are false and defamatory, and extremely damaging,” said the president’s lawyer, Charles Harder of Harder LLP law firm. “The only borrowers under these loans are Trump entities, and Mr. Trump is the only guarantor.”

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