White House correspondent and CNN analyst April Ryan was fact-checked by one of her own colleagues at CNN after she claimed President Donald Trump was “booed” by fans at Tuesday’s White House event celebrating America. The pro-America event occurred in the place of the planned visit by the Super Bowl-champion Philadelphia Eagles.
"Breaking: Reporters on the South Lawn have confirmed the @realDonaldTrump was heckled and booed when he came out to celebrate America,” Ryan tweeted.
The tweet was feverishly retweeted by Trump critics.
Then it was revealed to be entirely false.
CNN’s Noah Gray posted a video of the moment people started booing, revealing that they were actually shouting down a man who was heckling President Trump.
Once it was clear that she was busted, Ryan deleted her original tweet and issued a correction.
“Breaking: reporters are rewatching the event and found a heckler in the crowd started asking questions of @realDonaldTrump and the heckler was booed. The heckler was escorted out of the event. The booes were for the heckler,” she tweeted.
But the damage was already done. Ryan's initial tweet was seen by far more people than her ensuing correction.
It really shouldn't be that hard to get it right the first time.