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    Newsweek’s senior political reporter Kurt Eichenwald, no stranger to getting the facts wrong, has retracted a fake news report he posted claiming that supporters of President-elect Donald Trump booed the late astronaut John Glenn at a rally on Thursday evening.

    Eichenwald, who has frequently sculpted facts to suit his viewpoint, posted in a now-deleted tweet:

    “Trump supporters booed John Glenn when Trump mentioned his name at today's rally. A real American hero risked his life for us. He got booed."

    The false claim, or what is now called fake news, was retweeted over 4,200 times before being deleted.

    It took just three hours for Eichenwald to go into full retreat.

    “I believe I was in error that Trump supporters booed Glenn. This seems to be 2 events at same time: Ppl booing Trump as he mentions Glenn,” Eichenwald wrote.

    What actually occurred was that Trump supporters at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, booed and heckled a group of protesters disrupting the President-elect as he eulogized the astronaut and former Democratic Senator from Ohio, who had passed away that day.

    Eichenwald, an avowed Hillary Clinton supporter, has a history of playing fast-and-loose with the truth in his attempts to smear Trump.

    In early November, Eichenwald hilariously claimed that thousands of Russian retirees, who had moved to the US to live with their children, were, in fact, soldiers in an army of cyberspies hacking America from within for Trump and, by proxy, for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    The often hot-headed journalist previously, and erroneously, claimed that, during the election season, the now President-elect rehashed Russian “propaganda” in speeches transmitted to the candidate by Sputnik News.

    “You need to ask yourself,” Eichenwald wrote, echoing the plot of every cheap geopolitical thriller, “how does someone like me who is deeply wired into the intelligence community know so fast that you had posted this? It’s not like I was sitting around reading Sputnik. Others are though, and they are not reading it 24-hours a day in real time for the purpose of keeping abreast of the news.” The quote is from an email sent by Eichenwald to  former Sputnik News writer and editor Bill Moran, before offering the young journalist a quid-pro-quo to remain silent on lies the high-profile political correspondent had published in Newsweek.

    After Eichenwald’s claims were widely debunked, the impulsive writer took to Twitter to double-down, petulantly tweeting at Moran an astonishing 78 times or more, in the course of just 45 minutes.

    Following the November election, Newsweek also made headlines after shipping out $125,000-worth of copies of a “Madam President” commemorative issue.

    “Like everybody else, we got it wrong,” Tony Romando, CEO of Topix Media, the Newsweek partner which produces special issues, told the New York Post.

    As previously noted in Sputnik, there is little mystery to why Newsweek went out of print.


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