First of all, why was Karl providing a statement to CNN, but saying nothing on ABC’s “This Week,” which featured him and his “scoop” prominently last Sunday? That’s just very weird.
On to the statement itself: Karl admits the email that served as an electronic smoking gun, proving the White House intervened on the side of State, “was quoted inaccurately,” but the story “still entirely stands.” That’s gutsy – and crazy.
The passive voice “was quoted inaccurately” sounds a lot like “mistakes were made.” Who quoted it inaccurately? Was it Karl’s source? Or was it Karl himself?
Indeed, Karl “updated” his story “immediately” — only to say that despite the fact that Rhodes’s email didn’t say what he claimed it did, he stood by his story, and the real problem was that the White House refused to release the chain of emails. He hasn’t spoken since the White House took his advice and made the emails public – which unraveled his story entirely.
Soledad is talented at producing in-depth, serious pieces of journalism, and is a tough interviewer. That doesn’t seem to fit the direction the network is going.
…Jeff Zucker, ladies and gentlemen.
Let’s all remember Zucker’s interest in journalistic enterprise at this point in time. Chris Cuomo can do
yeoman work very good work as an investigative journalist, but Erin Burnett has yet to prove that she is more than a news reader.