When word broke Friday that the U.S. ambassador to Panama intends to resign soon, several MSNBC flunkies falsely linked his resignation to remarks made Thursday by President Donald Trump in which he used the term “s**thole” to describe some of the poorest, crime-ridden nations on Earth.
“BREAKING: NBC confirms with the State Department that the U.S. Ambassador to Panama, John Feeley, has resigned because he can no longer feels he can comfortably serve under @realDonaldTrump,” tweeted MSNBC producer Mary Emily O’Hara, as reported by Fox News.
“Feeley is the first U.S. diplomat to resign over the president’s comments,” she added.
Wrong. According to Reuters, Ambassador John Feeley submitted a letter to the State Department last month announcing his intent to step down come March 9.
“As a junior foreign service officer, I signed an oath to serve faithfully the president and his administration in an apolitical fashion, even when I might not agree with certain policies,” Feeley reportedly wrote.
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“My instructors made clear that if I believed I could not do that, I would be honor bound to resign,” his letter continued. “That time has come.”
Feeley left because of irreconcilable differences with the president that materialized long before Trump’s alleged use of profanity in a closed-door meeting this week on immigration policy with congressional Republicans and Democrats.
In fact, Matt Lee of The Associated Press reported Friday that Feeley first hinted at his intent to resign way back in September of 2017:
All: The #US embassy in #Panama announced Ambassador Feely’s resignation yesterday (before the comments). Also, he had told colleagues of his intention to leave last September.
— Matt Lee (@APDiploWriter) January 12, 2018
Would you ever trust anything from MSNBC?
O’Hara eventually deleted her original tweet and “sent a follow-up explaining the situation, but didn’t exactly apologize or retract the misleading first statement,” as noted by Fox.
The problem is that other Twitter users reportedly retweeted her erroneous post nearly 3,000 times before she finally removed it:
Par for the course in s***hole newsrooms. pic.twitter.com/orp728q9Ls
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) January 12, 2018
In her defense, at least O’Hara removed her original tweet — unlike MSNBC “fake news” specialist Ali Velshi, who issued a similarly false report on Twitter but chose to stand by it like a hack.
It’s currently Saturday morning, and this false tweet still remains on his feed. But you know what? I’m not even surprised.
This is MSNBC, after all, i.e., the home of the original kings and queens of fake news, including but not limited to Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddows, Lawrence O’Donnell, Mary Emily O’Hara and, of course, Ali Velshi.
H/T Zero Hedge
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