CNN’s Fake News Gets Trump-Hating Politico Reporter Fired

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A statement from President-elect Donald Trump’s office quickly denied a CNN report that Trump’s daughter Ivanka would get an office currently being used by outgoing First Lady Michelle Obama.

But that denial came after CNN’s Wednesday rumor was shared via Tweet by a Politico reporter, who was quickly fired for her crude comments.

The rumor started with a Tweet from CNN’s Lisa Mirando.

Mirando speculated that Ivanka was be awarded some sort of “title,” as well.

But The Hill later posted a story revealing that the Trump transition team was denying the claim. “This is false. No decisions regarding Ivanka’s involvement have been made,” Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said early Wednesday evening.

The Mirando rumor, though, wasn’t torpedoed by the transition office early enough to save a reporter from Politico from being fired over a Tweet which suggested the office assignment meant that Donald Trump was “f**king his daughter.”

In a December 14 Tweet, Politico reporter Julia Ioffe stated, “Either Trump is f**king his daughter or he’s shirking nepotism laws. Which is worse?”

She followed that up with another Tweet rehashing complimentary comments Trump made about Ivanka on ABC’s The View back in 2006.

The Tweets were picked up by Daily Caller, prompting editors at Politico to announce they quickly fired Ioffe because her Tweet was a violation of the news site’s standards.

Ioffe, however, was already transitioning out of Politico, having been hired by The Atlantic as a foreign policy and U.S. politics reporter. She is starting her new job in January but expected to continue working for Politico until that time.

Thus far The Atlantic has not issued any comment about the incident.

Ioffe later Tweeted an apology, calling her post “a tasteless, offensive tweet.”

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