(National Sentinel) Media: The once-heralded Associated Press has once again joined the ranks of the growing “mainstream media” fake news empire, publishing a false story involving EPA chief Scott Pruitt and Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris – then alleged that some sort of nefarious intent.
As reported by Breitbart News, the AP’s headline, “EPA chief met with Dow CEO before deciding on pesticide ban,” “the AP’s Michael Biesecker alleged that some super-secret covert meeting occurred between Pruitt and Liveris—and that awful things came as a result of that meeting.”
The Trump administration’s top environmental official met privately with the chief executive of Dow Chemical shortly before reversing his agency’s push to ban a widely used pesticide after health studies showed it can harm children’s brains, according to records obtained by The Associated Press.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s schedule shows he met with Dow CEO Andrew Liveris on March 9 for about a half hour at a Houston hotel. Both men were featured speakers at an energy industry conference. Twenty days later Pruitt announced his decision to deny a petition to ban Dow’s chlorpyrifos pesticide from being sprayed on food, despite a review by his agency’s scientists that concluded ingesting even minuscule amounts of the chemical can interfere with the brain development of fetuses and infants. EPA spokeswoman Liz Bowman said Tuesday that Pruitt was ‘briefly introduced’ to Liveris at the conference.
Problem: The “meeting” never took place. Breitbart News confirmed with both the EPA and Dow, even though a meeting appeared on Pruitt’s schedule.
AP’s slant, of course, was to make it appear as though the Trump administration’s own EPA was in cahoots with an ‘major environmental polluter’ to boost profits over clean air and water.
“Administrator Scott Pruitt did not meet privately with Andrew Liveris, the CEO of Dow,” Liz Bowman, the EPA’s spokeswoman, told Breitbart News. “The AP article is inaccurate and misleading. Despite multiple attempts to provide the Associated Press with the facts, this article has not been corrected.”
Dow Chemical’s director of public affairs also confirmed to Breitbart News that no such meeting ever occurred. “I can confirm that a meeting between Andrew Liveris and Scott Pruitt never happened,” said spokeswoman Rachelle Schikorra. “The two were attending the same conference where an introductory meet-and-greet was scheduled with no topics specified. However that meeting never happened due to schedule conflicts. The two have never had a meeting and have never discussed any Dow products.”
Will the AP now retract this fake news story, like CNN was forced to do a week ago after falsely reporting that another associate of the Trump campaign was under Senate investigation?
Yes. Breitbart reported that after its investigation unearthed the truth, the AP did indeed issue a correction, but is nevertheless now trying “to cover up the mistake and not answer questions about the editors and others involved in the grave error, or whether they and the reporter responsible for it will be held accountable,” Breitbart noted.
Are you surprised? We’re not.