The New York Times issued a massive correction to a front-page article regarding President Trump and his administration’s position on climate change, admitting the “bombshell report” had been available online for over seven months.
The Times ran the “breaking” story, titled “Scientists Fear Trump Will Dismiss Blunt Climate Report” on Tuesday, saying they had obtained a draft version of the Trump administration’s report on the state of the environment. The story falsely claims the document “directly contradicts claims by President Trump and members of his cabinet.”
In fact, the report has been publicly available on the internet since January.
Within hours, the Times was forced to issue a correction, saying the article “referred incorrectly to the availability of the report.”
“An article on Tuesday about a sweeping federal climate change report referred incorrectly to the availability of the report. While it was not widely publicized, the report was uploaded by the nonprofit Internet Archive in January; it was not first made public by The New York Times,” said the correction.
“As others have pointed out – and The New York Times should have noticed – drafts of this report have been published and made widely available online months ago during the public comment period,” a White House official told the Daily Caller.