In a rare admission that demonstrates that Fox News deserves its nickname of “Faux News,” host Jeanine Pirro was forced to admit that she was wrong when she told viewers that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was vacationing in Puerto Rico this weekend during Trump’s ongoing government shutdown.
Pirro had accused Pelosi of abdicating her congressional responsibilities when she made the false claim during a phone interview with President Trump last night, the same interview in which the president failed to overtly deny being an agent of the Kremlin.
This morning Pirro had to go onto Twitter to take her words back.
During my exclusive interview with Pres Trump I said Speaker Pelosi was in Puerto Rico with a bunch of her Democrat colleagues. I based that on numerous reports that turned out to be wrong. The Speaker’s office says she has been in DC all weekend and I take them at their word.
— Jeanine Pirro (@JudgeJeanine) January 13, 2019
Pirro noticeably failed to apologize for the “mistake,” and the denizens of the social media network took her to task for that omission and a multitude of other offenses.
You spelled “I apologize” wrong.
— PoliticOhMyGawd (@PoliticOhMyGawd) January 13, 2019
Greatly relieved you're not a sitting judge.
— pamela walker (@BluePeaceDove1) January 13, 2019
must’ve taken you at least 2 boxes of wine to tweet this
— Miranda Jackman (@MirandaJackmanR) January 13, 2019
Not a full apology. “I take them at their word” is not I was wrong.
— GROGAN (@GROGAN1975) January 13, 2019
Jeanine, even if there were a number of Ds in PR, why would that be an issue? It's not like they skirted off to Russia on one of our national holidays.
— Wow. Just…wow. The horror… (@scottevanjenk) January 13, 2019
Sorry I couldn’t hear you through all the complicity
— Historically Cooperative (@TommyTopGun55) January 13, 2019
RIGHT……you & Fox knew she was in DC. This is just what you do. If you’re sincere then DO THIS APOLOGY ON AIR pic.twitter.com/KaoEMxAgKr
— Life_with_Nadine (@Nadine_Campbell) January 13, 2019
That’s your “modus of operandi”. Throw the lie first and then correct if caught.
— Juan H Gonzalez (@JuanHGonzalez1) January 13, 2019
Even if she was in Puerto Rico what’s wrong with that? Isn’t Puerto Rico an American territory and part of America? Oh I forgot trump doesn’t know that
— Twehsunday N Torbor (@torbor_n) January 13, 2019
Do it on-air or it doesn’t count.
— WFD (@Sir_Blobfish) January 13, 2019
Fox News should change its tagline to "Numerous Reports That Turned Out To Be Wrong."
— Dave Bartoletti (@DaveBartoletti) January 13, 2019
You're far too biased to be considered a source. You're right wing advertisement/entertainment basically. An older less attractive version of judge Judy.
— RANDY BACON (@baconr2) January 13, 2019
Prime example of echo chamber propaganda factory that exists between @realDonaldTrump & Fox.
Trump tweets the same LIE that Pirro broadcast last night that "there's no Dems in DC".@TeamPelosi has been in DC all weekend.
— Ginger Snapps (@Destiny22Ginger) January 13, 2019
During your interview you asked a question that could be answered yes or no. He said it was an insulting ? but didn’t answer directly. As a judge you know that wouldn’t be allowed in a courtroom. I know you’re not a real journalist you’re not even a good pretend one
— macrosie (@macrosie) January 13, 2019
You can check out Pirro’s Twitter feed if you need more snarky responses to her non-apologetic correction.
Suffice it to say that “Faux News” remains a bastion of Trump administration talking points served fresh every day, as fresh as the dog droppings your neighbor’s St. Bernard left on the street when he walked him a few minutes ago and just as foul smelling.
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Original reporting by David Edwards at RawStory.