Twitter users on Monday lashed out at mainstream media outlets after it was reported that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had resigned.
But it soon became clear that Rosenstein still had his job and that the news was only White House spin. Raw Story also updated its report on Rosenstein after it became evident that the White House was behind the resignation claims.
Twitter users quickly saw through the media reports and accused outlets of repeating White House talking points.
Read some of the tweets below.
This whole Rosenstein news cycle feels like a misinformation campaign. Flooding social media with contradictory information, amplified by reporters. If that's the case, the goal is always to create chaos so we can't discern truth from fiction. Which benefits the White House.
— Melissa Ryan (@MelissaRyan) September 24, 2018
There should be a general consensus in the media and elsewhere that Trump DOESN'T have cause to fire Rosenstein and that NOTHING in the news of the last week gives him cause. Any firing would be a lawless act of Obstruction intended to eventually put Trump above the rule of law.
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) September 24, 2018
How this went.
–> Trump needed an excuse to fire Rod Rosenstein
–> The MEDIA reported that he colluded to try and record the president and invoke the 25th amendment
–> He denied it but it wasn't enough
–> He was about to be fired but resigned
———-> God Bless The MEDIAADVERTISEMENT
— Michael Moates (@freedom_moates) September 24, 2018
You've been used, @nytmike. You along with the rest of the media focused on the sizzle, not the substance. The issue was not 'did #Rosenstein talk about a wire,' but WHY? Why would he feel the need to talk 25th amendment? You fucked up bad. What ensues is on you.ADVERTISEMENT
— Michael Grant (@MichaelGrantBks) September 24, 2018
— Michael Deibert (@michaelcdeibert) September 24, 2018
Trump intentionally misleads the media with lies and false leaks, then blames the free press for being Fake News. Meanwhile, it’s Monday morning and we still have no idea whether we have a Deputy Attorney General of the United States nor what happened to Rod Rosenstein.ADVERTISEMENT
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) September 24, 2018
The Trump admin would v much like everyone to think that Rosenstein preemptively resigned "verbally to John Kelly," like that is even a thing, bc that shifts the culpability from Trump. Don't fall for this BS, people.ADVERTISEMENT
— Emily Willingham (@ejwillingham) September 24, 2018
Also, I am DEFINITELY cancelling my @nytimes subscription today –ADVERTISEMENT
Pathetic how they either thought that using Rosenstein as click-bait was a good idea, or (once again) were duped into releasing propaganda they were fed, as news … either way too irresponsible for me to support.
— french (@iamfrench) September 24, 2018
Axios instinctively regurgitated what a White House official told them, and ended up misinforming the public about Rosenstein resigning.
Media need to be more skeptical of sources, & motives these sources may have.
— Alex Kotch 🔥🚲 (@alexkotch) September 24, 2018
DC media: Get it together! Maybe part of using anonymous sources so much is considering whether they are passing on half-baked rumors?
(re: Rosenstein resigning. Or considering it. Or fired. Or going to be fired.)
It's OK, we'll wait til you have it nailed down.
— Jon Murray (@JonMurray) September 24, 2018