New York Times Changed K.T. McFarland Story
On Dec. 2, the New York Times ran a story claiming that Trump administration transition advisor K.T. McFarland sent an email which read that she said Russia had "just thrown the U.S.A. election to" Trump.
The story, which seemed to vindicate the theory of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign, was later labeled by the Washington Post blog The Fix as a "smoking gun" with "all smoke and no gun."
The Fix noted among other things that the Times itself admitted that the context of the "thrown" quote was McFarland explaining what Democrats were trying to argue.
"It's possible McFarland just gave away the game, sure. But even if the Trump campaign sought Russia's help or gladly accepted it, do we believe Trump's transition team went around suggesting they wouldn't have won without it?" noted The Fix on Dec. 4.
"That's a claim even Trump's opponents don't really make and can't readily prove, despite the intelligence community's firm conclusion that Russia interfered on Trump's behalf."