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Today Donald Trump (r) proceeded to crap all over his campaign again, holding a non-press conference tour of his new hotel which was shopped as his birther retraction, the presentation of which was enabled by old media. The event was a circus. As it turned out Donald Trump used the media coverage to accuse Hilary Clinton of starting the Obama birther nonsense. Most national media covering that statement correctly labeled it as a lie.

This evening the a news anchor at the Kansas City NBC affiliate reported on the story in their 5:00 p.m. broadcast, recounting Trump’s accusation about Hillary Clinton. There was no context other than “he said.”

While they were still on the air I contacted the anchor via social media:

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Michael Bersin ‏@MBersin
@MikeMarusarz Your failed to report that Trump’s assertion that Clinton started the birther nonesense is demonstrably false. Trump lied.
5:16 PM – 16 Sep 2016

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Michael Bersin ‏@MBersin
@MikeMarusarz Following you, Lester Holt and the NBC Evening News reporter covering the story managed to point out the assertion was a lie.
5:36 PM – 16 Sep 2016

He responded:

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Mike Marusarz ‏@MikeMarusarz
@MBersin thanks Michael. We’ll make sure it’s clear in the future shows.
5:37 PM – 16 Sep 2016

My reply:

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Michael Bersin ‏@MBersin
@MikeMarusarz Thank you for your prompt response – and the prospect of clarification.
5:39 PM – 16 Sep 2016

“Small moves, Ellie. Small moves.”