Fox News chief intelligence correspondent Catherie Herridge on Tuesday reported on the new developments surrounding Donald Trump Jr.’s eagerness to receive damaging information against Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton from the Russian government, however, Herridge omitted key parts of the email chain that showed that Trump Jr. knew the information was from the Russian government.
Appearing on Fox News’ Outnumbered, Herridge read:
“This is obviously very high level and sensitive information… I can also send this info to your father via Rhonda but it’s ultra sensitive so wanted to send to you first.”
The actual quote:
“This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”
Goldstone’s reference to “Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump” was not included in the on-screen graphic, and Herridge did not mention that part of the quote during her report.
Following Herridge’s report, host Sandra Smith praised Trump Jr. for releasing the emails himself and “trying to make this as most transparent as possible.” Deflecting from the fact that Trump Jr. may have violated laws barring contributions to political campaigns from foreign nationals, Smith asked whether there’s “any evidence” that “tells us that [Trump Jr.] reached out to anyone within the campaign immediately after receiving that email.”
The New York Times reported on Tuesday that it was about to publish the content of the emails and had sought comment from Trump Jr. when he released his emails with publicist Rob Goldstone on Twitter.
Trump Jr. tweeted the false claim that he was releasing the emails to be “totally transparent.”
In a statement read by White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday, President Donald Trump said his eldest son is “is a high-quality person and I applaud his transparency.”
Shortly after Herridge’s report, co-host Meghan McCain filled in the missing quote about the Russian government, noting that it is “the biggest concern in these emails.”
Several Twitter users noted that Fox News’ homepage on Monday night, buried The New York Times’ explosive report detailing Trump Jr.’s email exchange with a Russian lawyer claiming to have damaging info on Clinton.
— Kevin Ernste (@kevinernste) July 11, 2017
h/t: Media Matters