Media runs with Rex Tillerson story so absurd, it makes an AP reporter scream for truth

The Washington Post was busted on a false claim about Secretary of State Rex Tillerson when a veteran reporter for the Associated Press called it out.

In a story about the how Tillerson has isolated himself in his first weeks at the State Department, the Post referred to the former ExxonMobil chief executive as “walled off” and “cloistered” with “rare” sightings of him at the office building.

“Many career diplomats say they still have not met him, and some have been instructed not to speak to him directly — or even make eye contact,” Post writers Anne Gearan and Carol Morello reported.

Other media outlets picked up the story and continued the narrative.

Associated Press diplomatic reporter Matt Lee put the brakes on the “fake news” and called it out in a tweet.

It seems there were others who were skeptical of the claim as well.

Lee was instantly on the defensive as his counter-claim made him the target of some serious blowback.

Just as quickly, when the word got out, the buzz around the “no eye contact” narrative switched gears.

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