Just when you thought you've seen it all. Here we have CNN political analyst Joe Lockhart criticizing GOP Senators over a conversation he claims he heard. Then he later admits that he made it all up.
What did Joe Lockhart say?
He said, "Overheard convo between two Republican Senators who only watch Fox News. "is this stuff real? I haven't heard any of this before. I thought it was all about a server. If half the stuff Schiff is saying is true, we're up shit's creek. Hope the White House has exculpatory evidence"
A bit later, he posted another message saying this, "Ok maybe I made up the convo, but you know that's exactly what they're thinking."
Here are his Tweets, as he posted them himself.
His first message was retweeted over 5.5K times, but his second message was only retweeted 486 times (at the time of this article).
So what's the big problem with his first message, besides being fake? And is it still bad even though he admitted to making it up?
Well, it's bad because the amount of people who saw/retweeted the second message, where he admits it was fake, is a LOT lower than the original message. This suggests that not everyone who reposted the original message knows it is fake. This is how fake news spreads.
And you know, this totally helps the fake news narrative that is constantly pushed by mainstream media, right?