Don’t let Bernie supporters re-write history

By MCL

Get use to this term gaslighted or gaslit, gaslighting.

to cause (a person) to doubt his or her sanity through the use of psychological manipulation Got it? Good.

It’s been a month since the election neo-nazis are still celebrating their Führer victory, Clinton supporters emotions range from sadness to rage and Bernie fanboys and girls are engaging in gaslighting. Because deep down they know they aided in the Orange Führer victory instead of admitting their role they opted to re-write the last two years of the campaign and pretend there were other factors.

When Bernie Sanders announced he was running in the Democratic primary I knew the far left would do what they do best burn bridges and blame everyone else why voters turned on the Democratic nominee. I sound like a broken record when I discuss being part of so-called liberal or Democratic Facebook groups where Bernie Sanders fans and pro-Bernie admins were posting attacks on Hillary Clinton from right-wing sites or posting anti-Clinton memes from right-wing Facebook groups. Then after awhile they created their own line of dishonest memes and citing anti-Clinton stories from dishonest writers like H.A. Goodman, Glenn Greenwald, Lee Fang and David Sirota.

And when you stand up to Bernie fanboys and girls with facts that support Clinton or just highlighting Bernie’s not so progressive stances they just ban you. Bernie fans made the primary toxic by attacking Clinton’s character with non-scandals like her paid speeches because you know when you’re an accomplished person like her you do that shit for free. Or they try to alienate Clinton with black voters by bringing up the 1994 crime bill which she had no vote on but if you bring up the fact Bernie voted for that bill they wanted to sink Clinton with you’ll hear 900 excuses why he voted for it. They attacked civil rights icons from John Lewis and Dolores Huerta. And when Clinton really put the dirt on the Sanders campaign by beating him in the south and parts of the midwest thanks to black voters Bernie fans attacked us by calling us low information voters.

And when the convention rolled around Bernie fans wanted the Democratic party to overthrow the will of 4 million voters to install Bernie as the nominee and used the fake emails from Wikileaks as justification. Bernie fans were still pouting despite the fact the winner in the Democratic primary went out her way to accommodate the loser and his supporters by adopting most of the ideas he ran on and giving him a primetime spot. That still wasn’t good enough for them so they made sure when there were plenty of cable news cameras on them and they started their own lock her up chants and giving nonsensical interviews with reporters who were more than eager to push Democrats in crisis storyline.

And to the general election if you’re active on social media you still saw Bernie fans operating like it was still the primary and I had a Bernie brat bragging about writing in Bernie. While it wasn’t the majority of Bernie supporters acting like spoiled kids who were pissed they got a Playstation 4 slim instead of the Playstation 4 pro at Christmas but if you look at the numbers in the important swing states Clinton lost those Stein votes tip the states in Trump’s favor. You can write all the think piece you want trying to deflect blame on millennials and Bernie supporters all you like the fact remains this Bernie fans made the environment toxic as fuck for Hillary Clinton. And that shit didn’t help her when was dealing with a dishonest Republican challenger, a beltway media that pretends emails were more important than reporting on a guy who admitted to sexual misconduct, was getting sued for defrauding students of Trump U and a woman who dropped her rape lawsuit against him because she was getting death threats from Trump supporters because they found out who she was.

If you want to lie to yourself Bernie bros I ain’t going to stop you but what I refuse to do is allow you to re-write your role in this mess. Because what you’re going to see from the far left/Bernie bro faction for the next 3 years is they’re going to shift the blame off them and by blaming  everything and everyone.

 

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Dear far left, 2016 is bigger than you.

It’s editorial time and best believe I’m going off on some people.

I’m not going to waste time or energy talking to Trump supporters because no matter what facts you show these glue eating fucks, they shake it off and call it liberal propaganda and dive deeper in their right-wing bullshit. But who I will talk to are these so-called real liberals(TM) who planning to vote for fringe candidates because to them allowing a dangerous man becomes president is the only way to teach us non-believers of the great and powerful Bern a lesson and maybe next time we’ll vote the way they want because that how democracy works for the guardians of progressivism. Vote how we want or we allow  a man who could be a threat to democracy wins.

I’m sure if Bernie was the nominee the guardians of progressive values like H.A. Goodman, Zaid Jilani, and Mike Figueredo wouldn’t go on an emoprog Jihad against people who are not exactly thrilled with voting for him. I remember getting shit from Bernie bros on Twitter for thinking out loud I wasn’t sure if I could support Bernie if he was the nominee. But here’s the difference between me and the purity gang I could put personal feelings aside and do what’s good for the country. And that’s making sure an unhinged clown doesn’t become president. Because when people say elections have consequences they’re not just saying it for shits and giggles, if Trump wins a lot of people’ rights might be up on the chopping block and not only rights but people who finally got healthcare might be at risk. And if you listen to foreign policy experts our national security might be at risk. But hey true liberals (TM) don’t care because damn it there’s a lesson we got to learn.

And considering a Trump victory would embolden his base of radical, racist domestic terrorists who have shown they’re no fans of the actual constitution or value the true ideals of freedom. And think about what they have done within the last 12 hours one killed two cops in Iowa and someone burned down a black church in Mississippi and spray paint “Vote Trump” on the side but hey true liberals(TM) that don’t matter you got a lesson to teach us.

I know their thinking is  and they really believe “well we survived the Bush years, Trump will be bad but voters will toss him out in four years”. The biggest thing they forgot Bush was bad in first four years but thanks to a fear and two wars he managed to secure another four years. So how can they be so sure that if Trump wins people will throw him out after four years? And why would you want to risk four years? My rights and healthcare trumps(no pun attended) are more important than your hurt feelings and your entitlement. Only well off people can sit in their offices or high price apartments writing their dribble about if he wins a Trump presidency wouldn’t be that bad, it’s hillbots trying to scare you nonsense. The fact is this thing can get worst fast and in a hurry if this clown gets into power. And there’s no guarantee after four nightmare years voters will turn on him and vote him out.

So my question to the folks like Susan Sarandon what are you prepared to do if the worst comes to worst and we see the 21st century getting repelled? Come on tell me, what will you do? A Credo mobile, a Bold progressive and Change.org petition doesn’t mean shit. If you’re one of these Jill not Hillary people what are going to do for people that might lose their healthcare? What are you going to do when some shit hole dictator baits him and he get us in a conflict that mirrors Iraq or worst Vietnam? What are you prepare to do? Don’t say well we can have another 2006 wave election in 2018 because thanks to you in 2010, Republicans have carved out safe enough districts where the only way they lose is if some alien beings invaded earth and only sucked up the dumb rural Republicans.

Elections aren’t games where you can hit the restart from the last checkpoint option if this man becomes president we’re allowing an unstable man and his puppet masters to rule over us and that will be on you not the people who voted for Hillary Clinton.

The FBI Was Basing A Potential Clinton Foundation Case On This Garbage Right-Wing Book

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The FBI was reportedly trying to build an investigation into the Clinton Foundation around claims made in a right-wing book riddled with errors written by a Republican activist with a history of bogus reporting. The author’s organization is headed by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign chief executive and is funded by one of Trump’s top campaign supporters.

The FBI in August was considering whether to expand investigations into both Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s “secretive business dealings in Ukraine” and Democratic presidential nominee “Hillary Clinton’s relationships with donors to her family foundation,” but, following longstanding precedent, decided not to proceed for fear of impacting the election, according to The New York Times. The paper further reported that the Clinton Foundation inquiry “had not developed much evidence and was based mostly on information that had surfaced in news stories and the book ‘Clinton Cash,’ according to several law enforcement officials briefed on the case.”

Clinton Cash: The Untold Story Of How And Why Foreign Governments And Businesses Helped Make Bill And Hillary Rich is a 2015 book authored by Peter Schweizer, a Republican activist and consultant who has worked for Sarah Palin, Bobby Jindal, and Breitbart News.

Schweizer has a disreputable history of reporting marked by errors and retractions, with numerous reporters excoriating him for facts that “do not check out,” sources that “do not exist,” and a basic failure to practice “Journalism 101.” Clinton Cash is similarly a trainwreck of bogus research that included more than 20 errors, fabrications, and distortions, according to a Media Matters review. On the campaign trail, Trump has pushedconspiracy theories from the book, leading reporters to note that the book has been “discredited” and features “lies” and claims that “fell apart under scrutiny.”

Schweizer is also the president of the Government Accountability Institute (GAI), a right-wing group that purports to investigate “government corruption.” Stephen Bannon, who is taking a leave of absence from his role as chief executive of Breitbart News to serve the same role with the Trump campaign, is also the executive chairman and co-founder of GAI. The group has been heavily funded by the Mercer Family Foundation, which is run by Rebekah Mercer.

Mercer’s father, the hedge fund magnate Robert Mercer, is one of the nation’s largest Republican donors and amajor investor in Breitbart News, and the father and daughter were reportedly key to Bannon’s ascension to a leading role in the Trump campaign. Robert Mercer has also donated millions to a pro-Trump super PAC that Rebekah Mercer controls.

UPDATE: Schweizer disclosed during an August Fox News appearance that “earlier this year at [the FBI’s] request,” he had met with “two people from the bureau to talk about some things related to the Clinton Foundation, specifically things that were in Clinton Cash.” From the August 24 edition of The O’Reilly Factor:

http://mediamatters.org/embed/clips/2016/11/02/50846/fnc_oreilly_20160824_bollingschweizer

CNN panelist: ‘Donald Trump is right, the election is rigged — in favor of Republicans’

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CNN’s Carol Costello hosted a discussion on voter suppression on Wednesday morning that featured strong words from Dr. Jason Johnson, who said the election is rigged in 2016, but it’s rigged in favor of Republicans.

“Let’s zero in on North Carolina,” Costello said, pointing to a North Carolina NAACP lawsuit against the state that maintains Republicans have serially disenfranchised minority voters throughout the state through stringent ID laws and fewer polling places.

“So is Donald Trump right? Is the election rigged?” Costello asked Johnson, who is the politics editor at TheRoot.com.

“Yeah, Donald Trump is right,” Johnson replied. “It’s rigged in favor of Republicans in certain states. You have a clearly racially targeted plan of voter suppression going on in North Carolina, going on in Ohio and going on in Pennsylvania. That’s one of the reasons that the Clinton campaign has been spending so much time there.”

Watch the video, embedded below:

.@DrJasonJohnson: Donald Trump is right. The election is rigged in favor of Republicans in certain states.

Joy Behar calls Kellyanne Conway ‘delusional’ to her face: Trump’s ‘rhetoric is off the wall’

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Joy Behar, host of ABC’s The View, told Trump Kellyanne Conway she was “delusional” on Wednesday after the campaign manager downplayed Donald Trump’s “cavalier” comments about using nuclear weapons.

“Your guy, Donald Trump, he’s very cavalier about using nuclear weapons,” Behar noted. “Aren’t you petrified? You have four children. That scares me more than any other stupid thing he has said.”

“I’m concerned for everyone’s children,” Conway replied before pivoting to President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran.

“You’re not answering the question,” Behar pointed out. “A lot of people believe [the Iran deal] will prevent nuclear war… But that’s not my question, my question is that his rhetoric is off the wall on this topic.”

“No, it’s not actually,” the campaign manager stated. “Donald Trump is winning.”

“No, the nuclear thing,” Behar interrupted. “He doesn’t mean it? What do you think?”

“Here’s what I think,” Conway replied. “As commander-in-chief, he will not strike a deal with Iran.”

“Is his rhetoric reckless?” Behar exclaimed. “What’s the point of not using them if you have them, he said. What kind of talk is that?”

“He doesn’t mean that he’s going to go and use them,” Conway insisted.

“I like you,” Behar remarked. “But I think, right here, you’re being delusional.”

“I’ll tell you what scares me,” Conway quipped. “The fact that Hillary Clinton always puts Hillary Clinton first. It scares me.”

Watch the video below from ABC’s The View, broadcast Nov. 2, 2016.

Black Mississippi Church Burned And Vandalized With ‘Vote Trump’

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A black church in Mississippi was burned and vandalized with pro-Donald Trump graffiti late Tuesday.

Authorities responded to the fire at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville, Mississippi, Tuesday night. Delta Daily News reports that the majority of the damage was to the main sanctuary and there were no reported injuries. Someone had spray-painted the words “Vote Trump” along the side of the building.

A woman at the nearby Rose Hill Missionary Baptist Church told The Huffington Post that Hopewell is a historically black church. She said the community is in shock over what happened.

The Greenville Police Department declined to comment, directing inquiries to the mayor’s office. No one at the mayor’s office was immediately available to comment.

The FBI told The Clarion-Ledger, a Mississippi newspaper, that it is aware of the situation and is investigating to “determine if any civil rights crimes were committed.”

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Man who had run in with police over Confederate flag allegedly murders two cops

Scott Michael Greene, the suspect in ambush killings of a pair of police officers in Iowa on Tuesday night. CREDIT: Des Moines Police Department via AP

Two police officers were killed while sitting in their cars in the Des Moines, Iowa, area between 1:00 and 1:30 a.m. local time Tuesday night.

Police in Des Moines and Urbandale have arrested 46-year-old Scott Michael Greene in the killings, roughly four hours after first announcing that they were searching for him. He turned himself in Wednesday morning.

While the agencies have declined to speculate as to Greene’s immediate motive, the Urbandale man appears to have had an escalating series of encounters with police in the area over the past few years. After his arrest, police there confirmed he was the same Scott Greene who was kicked out of a high school football game this fall after waving a Confederate flag during the national anthem and getting into a confrontation with black fans nearby.

The suspect’s apparent history with local authorities suggests a tension with Greene, who is white, that little resembles the pattern of mistrust and abuse between American police departments and black citizens that has received national attention over the past few years.

Court records show that a Scott Michael Greene, age 46, had numerous minor traffic violations — from speeding, to operating a vehicle without registration, to driving while drinking — going back to 1996.

But his interactions with the law in recent years were more serious. Greene was arrested in April 2014 and charged with interfering with officers who tried to search him for weapons after officers saw what looked like a holster on Greene’s belt. Officers recorded that he was “noncompliant, hostile, combative and made furtive movements toward his pockets,” according to the Des Moines Register.

Two days later, Greene was arrested again, this time for harassing a man at his apartment complex. The records say Greene threatened to kill the man and called him the N-word. He eventually pleaded out a lesser charge, and was sentenced to a year of probation and ordered to get a psychological evaluation.

Greene’s most recent run-in with cops doesn’t show up in the court records, however. A YouTube video posted in mid-October posted by Greene shows Urbandale police escorting him out of a high school football game in Urbandale. He had apparently brought a Confederate flag into the stands. Officers repeatedly ask him to leave, tell him he’d created a disturbance in the stands, and threaten to arrest him for trespass if he doesn’t leave.

Greene appeared in the comments section of the video to defend and explain his actions, at one point implying he was responding to protests of the National Anthem at sporting events.

“I was offended by the blacks sitting through our anthem,” one comment reads. “Thousands more whites fought and died for their freedom. However this is not about the Armed forces, they are cop haters.”

One of the two officers allegedly murdered by Greene on Tuesday night was parked outside the same football stadium when he was killed, the Register notes.

Neighbors say Greene had recently put a Trump/Pence 2016 sign in his front yard, according to Des Moines Register reporter Grant Rodgers.

Look to Europe to understand why Ivanka Trump is more dangerous than her father

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The year is 2024. It has been nearly a decade since Donald Trump lost his bid for the White House, and the party that nominated him has moved on.

Overt white supremacists like former senate candidate David Duke are no longer welcome to carry the party’s banner. Republican officials caught making racist statements are swiftly punished. The party’s official platform still bears all the hallmarks of Trump’s candidacy — hostility to undocumented immigration, reflexive anti-internationalism, support for more aggressive policing of the “inner cities,” and broad indifference to social issues — but the presentation is glossier.

And the party has a new face: Trump’s eldest daughter, Ivanka, is now the Republican nominee to succeed President Clinton. While the younger Trump’s platform is remarkably similar to her father’s, she has far more message discipline and none of his penchant for confrontation. In fact, when Trump senior declined to relinquish his habit of making statements embarrassing to downticket Republican candidates, Ivanka expelled him from the party.

Under the Ivanka Trump campaign, right-wing nationalism has a kinder, gentler face. And it is gaining in the polls.

If the above scenario sounds far-fetched, consider that it is already happening in France. Fourteen years ago, far-right nationalist Jean-Marie Le Pen made it past the first round of voting in France’s presidential election, only to be smashed by incumbent Jacques Chirac in the second round. Eight years after that, Le Pen’s daughter, Marine Le Pen, succeeded him as leader of the party he founded: the National Front.

Marine Le Pen promptly went about overhauling the party’s image, distancing herself from the party’s overtly racist and anti-Semitic old guard while continuing to take a hard line against immigration and multiculturalism. In 2015, after Jean-Marie referred to the Holocaust as a mere “detail of history,” his daughter had him booted from the party. The National Front is now once again favored to place in the first round of next year’s presidential election.

Across Western Europe, far-right parties are winning historic victories. In Germany, the most recent regional elections saw Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) pull ahead of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union in Merkel’s own home state. In Sweden, the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats hold the balance of power between the center-left government and the center-right opposition in parliament. And in Great Britain, the U.K. Independence Party (UKIP), in partnership with with the right wing of the Conservative Party, has engineered an unprecedented vote to secede from the European Union.

Right-wing nationalists in the United States are poised to mimic these successes and deepen their ties to the new European right. The Trump campaign has already imported former UKIP leader Nigel Farage to serve as an adviser. On September 18, as AfD Germans headed to the polls in another regional election, prominent Trump surrogate Rep. Steve King (R-IA) tweeted a photo of himself palling around with AfD head Frauke Petry and Dutch Party for Freedom leader Geert Wilders. Breitbart Media, which already has a branch office in London, could soon open more bureaus on the continent.

“Wishing you a successful vote,” King tweeted, addressing Petry. “Cultural suicide by demographic transformation must end.”

 

Nationalism lite
Early this year, when it became apparent that Donald Trump was a serious contender for the Republican nomination, multiple news outlets published articles asking whether he could be considered a fascist. The consensus: “No, but.”
Fascism is a revolutionary ideology. It is explicitly anti-democratic and anti-individualist. And while Trump may violate basic democratic norms with alarming frequency, he is neither of those things.
The same could be said of European far-right parties like the National Front and the AfD. Marine Le Pen is not a fascist. But.
“These parties are very critical of how the democratic system functions and they’re very critical of the elites that are seen as running it,” said Sheri Berman, a scholar of European politics at Barnard College. “But they don’t advocate a whole political — much less social or economic — revolution.”
Instead of setting themselves up in opposition to individual liberty, some of these parties portray themselves as its defender. Wilders, for example, advocates banning Muslim immigration on the grounds that Islam would compromise the Netherlands’ progressive, secular culture.
Granted, not all right-wing nationalist parties are so socially libertarian; the AfD and National Front both oppose same-sex marriage. “The general argument that these parties represent, or claim to represent, a defense of traditional values is clearly a part of their appeal,” said Berman.

The new European right is also outflanking the center-left on social policy. Unlike in the United States, where economic populism has traditionally been the province of the progressive left, Western Europe has a number of right-wing parties that advocate for a robust social safety net and other egalitarian economic policies. The National Front is sharply critical of free trade and the financial sector; it has also called for “strategic planning of re-industrialization” in France. Similarly, UKIP claimed Brexit would free up more funding for the United Kingdom’s universal health care system, the National Health Service. (This was a lie.)
Because parties like UKIP and the National Front have rejected free market orthodoxy, they’ve been able to reap a surprising number of votes from traditionally left-wing constituencies. As Le Pen recently told the Guardian, a significant chunk of her party’s supporters “used to be socialists, but they aren’t any more.”
But the European right’s support for economic populism comes with a major caveat. UKIP, the National Front, and similar parties have embraced a doctrine that its critics call “welfare chauvinism”: support for policies that benefit the working class, provided the benefits only reach European, non-immigrant households. To many of the continent’s right-wing nationalist parties, poor immigrants are a drain on the welfare benefits that could instead be going to their countrymen. That is why, in 2014, the head of the right-wing Sweden Democrats tweeted: “The election is a choice between mass immigration and welfare. You choose.”
The Republican Party isn’t there — at least not yet. Although Donald Trump has never fully embraced the laissez faire orthodoxy of House Speaker Paul Ryan, his platform still calls for a slash-and-burn approach to government regulation, taxation, and spending, except on infrastructure. And even though Trump is hardly a traditional evangelical conservative, his running mate Mike Pence — a man who has endorsed gay reparative therapy and gutted Planned Parenthood funding as governor of Indiana — certainly is.
But Trump’s victory in the Republican primary nonetheless suggests that a different kind of GOP is possible.
The new dividing line
Donald Trump has invented a new formula for Republican primary candidates, according to Lee Drutman, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation. Unlike his opponents in the 2016 primary, Trump never showed much interest in socially conservative pieties and said he opposed sweeping entitlement cuts. Although he has since drifted closer to mainstream Republican thinking on both those subjects, Trump has nonetheless altered the dynamic of future intra-party contests.
“It seems we are likely to have a politics dominated by race and identity for the near-term future.”
“He’s provided a playbook to win the Republican primary,” said Drutman, “which is to go hard on the white identity, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, protecting Americans stuff, but also talk about how government is actually going to help people again.”
Drutman doesn’t believe that Trump’s innovations emerged from a vacuum. Instead, they’re symptomatic of a political realignment that has been decades in the making. Since the civil rights era, he says, the central ideological fissure in U.S. politics has been changing. Instead of splitting along class lines, the two major parties are “internally divided by class but held together by identity,” as Drutman said in a recent essay for Vox.
“In other words, it seems we are likely to have a politics dominated by race and identity for the near-term future,” wrote Drutman.
Speaking to ThinkProgress, Drutman said this realignment opens the door for an internal Republican shift away from the economic doctrine of the Paul Ryan wing.
“At some point, I think what will happen is that the Donald Trump nationalist, populist style will take over the Republican Party,” said Drutman. That takeover would isolate the party’s economically libertarian wing, but it could draw in some white Democratic voters.
That hasn’t happened on a significant scale in this election cycle. Trump has routinely struggled to extend his appeal beyond a fervent core of supporters. In part, that’s because his most vehement fans include groups that are politically toxic, such as the Ku Klux Klan, which this week endorsed Trump through its official newsletter.
A similar problem afflicted the European hard right until recently. For decades before UKIP entered the British political mainstream, the fascist British National Party (BNP) hovered on the margins of the electoral system. The National Democratic Party of Germany, a neo-Nazi party, has similarly remained visible enough to be alarm non-racists without ever turning into an electoral force.
“There’s not a potential majority for overtly racist, anti-democratic parties,” said Berman, the expert in European politics. “So if you want to actually compete in elections and win, you have to find ways to maintain this populist core while getting rid of the more extreme elements.”
Enter figures like Marine Le Pen, who purged the National Front of its obsolete racist figureheads — including her father — and created a movement that speaks to white racial anxiety in softer tones. If a post-Trump Republican leader pulls off the same trick in the United States, “it seems like it could be a really viable electoral alternative,” said Berman.
In other words, the 2016 presidential election might just be a prelude to a European-style, nationalist, populist, Republican reformation.
Trump himself has occasionally drawn parallels between his success and the rise of the new European right. On multiple occasions, he has referred to himself as “Mr. Brexit.” In at least one other instance, he has said that his ascension to the presidency would be “Brexit times five.” And for what it’s worth, former UKIP head Farage warmly approves of the “Mr. Brexit” moniker.
But if Trump fails to win the presidency this year, that would suggest the self-selected nickname isn’t quite accurate. America’s Mr. Brexit is still on his way; Donald Trump is just the warm up act.

Media Outlets Oversell — Then Walk Back — Headlines On FBI’s Clinton Email Announcement

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Media outlets were quick to follow the lead of Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), who claimed that a letter from FBI Director James Comey indicated that the FBI had “reopened” its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state. However, as the facts started to trickle in, outlets scrambled to walk back their headlines to more accurately portray the information.

This afternoon, Comey released a letter to congressional leaders stating, “In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear pertinent to the investigation” and “I agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation.” Comey noted that he was not sure how long the review will take and the FBI “cannot yet assess whether or not this material may be significant.”

Media outlets were quick to blast out the story mostly running with Chaffetz’s framing, that a new investigation surrounding Clinton was being conducted — with several having to walk back their headlines as it became clear that the story was significantly less dramatic.

The Washington Post’s report was initially headlined “FBI to conduct new investigation of emails from Clinton’s private server.”

The article was subsequently updated with the new headline “FBI to take new ‘investigative steps’ on Clinton emails.”

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The Post wasn’t the only media organization fooled. Politico’s initial tweet stated “#BREAKING: FBI reopens @HillaryClinton email server investigation.”

But the current headline on the Politico article states “FBI reviewing new evidence in Clinton email probe.”

CNN.com also sent some mixed signals, with the front page reading “FBI reopens Clinton email probe,” the breaking news banner reading “The FBI is reopening the investigation into Clinton’s personal email server,” and the article headlined “FBI reviewing new emails in classified information probe.”

As Politico’s Hadas Gold noted, because Rep. Chaffetz claimed that the FBI was reopening the case, there was mass confusion in the reporting after the fact, leading outlets to run with headlines that didn’t reflect reality.