Ashley Feinberg, a Gizmodo contributor whose
impressive credentials include writing for the since-defamed rag Gawker, published a fallacious report Monday claiming President-elect Donald Trump had fired the federal officials responsible for maintaining the nation’s nuclear arsenal.
According to an official within the Department of Energy, the Trump transition team has declined to ask the head of the National Nuclear Security Administration and his deputy to temporarily stay in their roles after Trump takes office on January 20th …
Trump … appears determined to be free of anyone who was appointed by Obama, regardless of whether or not he has anyone in line for the job. Or, as our source put it: “It’s a shocking disregard for process and continuity of government.”
Later that same day, the real journalists at Defense News reached out to the National Nuclear Security Agency to confirm the veracity of Feinberg’s allegations and discovered that she was full of shit.
“The story is not accurate,” an NNSA official told them. “There have been no discussions between the president-elect’s transition team and any of NNSA’s political appointees on extending their public service past Jan. 20.”
In other words, Trump did not fire any federal officials from the NNSA; in fact, he has not even spoken to them yet about their positions or the possibility of them staying at the agency until replacements can be nominated and subsequently confirmed.
Donald Trump Fires Top Officials of National Nuclear Security Administration https://t.co/wnL1ny9ilz
— (((K. David Smith))) (@KDavidSmithAuth) January 10, 2017
(Take a close look at the profile picture “K. David Smith” if you want to see what the mind of a sissy looks like.)
And even after Gizmodo was exposed, these hacks refused to offer a correction. Their defacto leader in fake news, Miss Feinberg, at least did:
After speaking to our source for clarification, we have updated the story and headline to reflect that, while Klotz and Creedon have submitted their resignations, intend to depart on January 20, and have not been asked by the Trump transition to stay past that date, the Trump team has not explicitly instructed them to leave or “clean out their desks,” as we reported.
Like Mediaite reader Larry Evans cleverly noted, “WaPo used to call this Fake News, but they don’t want you to do that anymore because they get caught up in it too often.”
H/T National Review