Fox News host Jeanine Pirro on Sunday admitted that she had been wrong to report that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) had spent the weekend in Puerto Rico during the ongoing government shutdown.
During a Saturday interview in which Pirro asked Donald Trump if he was a Russian agent, the Fox News host also suggested that Pelosi was shirking her congressional duties by traveling to Puerto Rico.
By Sunday, Pirro was walking back her story on Twitter.
"During my exclusive interview with Pres Trump I said Speaker Pelosi was in Puerto Rico with a bunch of her Democrat [sic] colleagues," she wrote. "I based that on numerous reports that turned out to be wrong. The Speaker’s office says she has been in DC all weekend and I take them at their word."
During my exclusive interview with Pres Trump I said Speaker Pelosi was in Puerto Rico with a bunch of her Democrat colleagues. I based that on numerous reports that turned out to be wrong. The Speaker’s office says she has been in DC all weekend and I take them at their word.
— Jeanine Pirro (@JudgeJeanine) January 13, 2019
However, the Fox News host did not offer an apology for her mistake; in fact, it was repeated by White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
There was a contingent of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, along with lobbyists and business representatives who flew to Puerto Rico this weekend to bring 250 lbs of medical supplies, and to review ongoing clean up activities. Pelosi was not part of the caucus. Part of the activities included attending the musical "Hamilton," which creator Lin-Manuel Miranda brought to Puerto Rico to raise money for the island and raise awareness of how much still needs to be done.
Pirro's admission was met with ridicule from Twitter users. Read some of the tweets below.
You also left viewers with the impression that "Dems don't want border security" at all. When Trump reviewed his conversation with C.S. and N.P. he left out his wall stipulation in his question to Nancy about reopening the govt. You're not only unlikeable, you're #FakeNews
— GrannyGoose (@LittleLast) January 13, 2019
Wow. Quite the non-apology.
— Visuals by Zelma 🗣 (@RSeanStewart) January 13, 2019
— AnalyzeThis (@AnalizeThis) January 13, 2019
must’ve taken you at least 2 boxes of wine to tweet this
— Miranda Jackman (@MirandaJackmanR) January 13, 2019
Fox News should change its tagline to "Numerous Reports That Turned Out To Be Wrong."
— Dave Bartoletti (@DaveBartoletti) January 13, 2019
That’s your “modus of operandi”. Throw the lie first and then correct if caught.
— Juan H Gonzalez (@JuanHGonzalez1) January 13, 2019
During your interview you asked our POTUS a simple question. Is he a Russian Asset and he failed to answer it and YOU let that slide. You just sat there and let him respond about how butt hurt he is he is being investigated. THE TREASON INTERVIEW... Answered NOTHING.
— Stephen McKenzie (@gildean) January 13, 2019
Don't drink and drive..oh wait you've already..been there done that!
— Gloria Marion (@Gloretired) January 13, 2019
Sorry I couldn’t hear you through all the complicity
— Historically Cooperative (@TommyTopGun55) January 13, 2019
Wouldn't it make sense to verify something like that ahead of time instead of making that statement in front of a large audience?
— Eric 🐺 (@EricKoeckeritz) January 13, 2019
— EPJ (@cvaldaisnotbig) January 13, 2019
It was a cringeworthy interview with a ‘judge’ and a ‘ president ‘ who doth demean their respective professions. To think otherwise is quite frankly, insane.
— Lee Michael Walton (@LeeMichaelWalt1) January 13, 2019