ABC News’ Jonathan Karl, whose “exclusive” story on emails regarding talking points for the Benghazi tragedy, expressed “regret” over admitted inaccuracies in his reporting via a statement on Sunday:
Karl, the network’s White House correspondent, recently provoked controversy after his exclusive report that quoted emails which allegedly showed the Obama administration made numerous edits to, and scrubbed information from the talking points on Benghazi.
He said that ABC News had reviewed emails in question, but it was later revealed that the quotes were actually from a source claiming to have summarized the emails, and were misleading.
On Sunday’s “Reliable Sources,” Howard Kurtz relayed a statement from the ABC News correspondent: “Clearly, I regret the email was quoted incorrectly and I regret that it’s become a distraction from the story, which still entirely stands. I should have been clearer about the attribution. We updated our story immediately.”
Guest David Shuster came down hard on Karl on Sunday, telling Kurtz, “The story was wrong. The attribution was wrong. And he’s still not characterizing the source as a Republican source, even though other news organizations are already doing that. So I just think the problems continue for ABC News in all of this.”