The story seemed to vindicate conservatives, who for months had been screaming about a cover-up. But when the e-mails in question were released to the public, they differed substantially from those ABC News "exclusively unearthed" in the scoop. The truth had come out: the reporter, ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl, was quoting not the actual e-mails, but rather summaries of the e-mails provided by a Republican source. Despite repeated on-air claims, ABC News had never "obtained" the e-mails, and the damning "quotes" that triggered the "exclusive" turned out to be misleading.
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Amazingly, though, ABC News has never addressed or corrected any of the inaccurate reporting on the air. On the airwaves, the repeated claim that ABC had "exclusively obtained" the administration e-mails and the fundamentally misleading "quotes" from them still stand. In fact, in two on-air reports covering the release of the administration e-mails that debunked the "exclusive," Jonathan Karl erroneously claimed that those e-mails "confirm" ABC News' original story. It is not surprising, then, that the false reporting has stuck--according to ABC’s own poll, a majority of Americans now think that the Obama administration is trying to cover up the facts about Benghazi.
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