Fox News talk show "Fox & Friends" has offered a correction on a report about former FBI Director James Comey leaking classified information that co-host Steve Doocy said was "mistaken."
The show had previously said Comey had leaked classified information to the media by releasing his memos, according to RawStory. On July 11, Doocy corrected the story, though the program did not issue an apology to Comey for alleging he had broken the law.
"Yesterday on this program we aired and tweeted this story saying former FBI Director James Comey leaked memos containing top secret information. We were mistaken in that," said Doocy. "According to the report, half of the memos contain information classified at the secret or confidential, not top-secret. Markings of the documents in which Mr. Comey leaked are, at this point, unclear. Just wanted to straighten that out."
In a CNN appearance, White House aide Kellyanne Conway had asked why CNN had not covered the story, which led to a discussion of the story's inaccuracies.
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The "mistaken" story gained the attention of President Donald Trump, who tweeted, "James Comey leaked CLASSIFIED INFORMATION to the media. That is so illegal!"
"Fox & Friends" also tweeted about the story, posting, "Report accuses material James Comey leaked to a friend contained top secret information," reports Mediate.
"A brand new bombshell report accuses Comey of putting our national security at risk, according to The Hill the FBI director's personal memos detailing private conversations with President Trump contained top secret information," said a Fox host in a video that the president retweeted, Newsweek reports.
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The program's Twitter account later issued a correction as well, clarifying that the memos were not top secret.
The story had been based on a report from The Hill, which said some of the memos Comey had leaked to a friend, Columbia Law School professor Daniel Richman, had "contained information classified at the 'secret' or 'confidential' level," but was not "top secret" as "Fox & Friends" had alleged.
Trump has previously been critical of sources like NBC, CNN and The New York Times for what he has labeled "fake news." He has praised Fox's coverage.
Between Trump's inauguration and July 11, he has retweeted tweets from "Fox & Friends" 27 times, and mentioned the show 45 times, according to The Washington Post. In a February tweet he said that the show is "great."
"Sorry folks, but if I would have relied on the Fake News of CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, washpost or nytimes, I would have had ZERO chance winning WH," said the president in a July tweet.