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CNN: We Did Not ‘Retract’ Kellyanne Conway Criticism

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer falsely claimed on Tuesday that CNN “retracted” or “denied” reports that it had passed on booking top Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway over issues with her penchant for spouting falsehoods. Asked whether the White House is willing to offer alternative booking options to represent itself on CNN’s air, Spicer told the White House press corps that, “My understanding is they retracted that, they walked that back or denied it, however you want to put it. I think Kellyanne is a very trusted aide of the resident. I think for any characterization otherwise is insulting.” However, CNN issued a statement shortly thereafter, pushing back on Spicer’s incorrect remark: “CNN was clear, on the record, about our concerns about Kellyanne Conway's credibility... We have not ‘retracted’ or ‘walked back’ those comments. Those are the facts.”