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People make mistakes. Even journalists with the best intentions can get a story wrong from time to time.
However, there is a difference between working from a bad lead and blatantly ignoring the journalistic process to report false, slanderous information about the Commander In Chief.
That what "The Last Word" host, Lawrence O'Donnell did on Tuesday when he went on camera and claimed that some of President Trump's Deutsche Bank business loans were consigned by Russian Oligarchs.
It wasn't until President Trump's lawyers got involved when Lawrence O'Donnell finally admitted he got caught with his hand in the cookie jar and broadcasted a retraction. Though admitting the mistake sets the record straight, an apology isn't nearly enough. Plainly put, this is journalistic malpractice. Left leaning journalism outlets have been fighting to keep their credibility with the American people since The President was elected in 2016, and being caught red-handed reporting false, incendiary statements will ensure they lose that fight.