Although CNN did not dine alone at the table after former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, crow still tastes bitter – especially when eaten in public.

The cable news network learned that lesson when it was forced to issue a correction of a breathless report, “Comey expected to refute Trump” based, of course, on unnamed sources.

Four CNN “journalists” compiled the report – Eric Lichtblau, Jake Tapper, Brian Rokus and Gloria Borger, which predicted that Comey’s testimony would, at last, provide the long-sought ‘smoking gun’ that would seal President Trump’s doom.

Borger delivered the prediction on air in breathless anticipation of the Senate hearing that was hyped by the mainstream media as ‘must-see-TV’ with Washington bars hosting mid-morning ‘Happy Hours’ that saw many taking the day off to enjoy the spectacle of the ousted FBI director exacting his revenge on the president who dared fire him after having the effrontery to defeat Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton.

The CNN report stated that Comey would dispute the president’s claims that Comey assured him on three occasions that he was not personally under investigation.

“Comey is going to dispute the president on this point if he’s asked about it by senators, and we have to assume that he will be,” said Borger, who serves as CNN’s chief political analyst.

“He will say he never assured Donald Trump that he was not under investigation, that that would have been improper for him to do so.”

Unfortunately for CNN’s Lichtblau, Tapper, Rokus and Borger, Comey’s testimony served only to confirm Trump’s assertions.

“Prior to the January 6 meeting, I discussed with the FBI’s leadership team whether I should be prepared to assure President-Elect Trump that we were not investigating him personally. That was true; we did not have an open counter-intelligence case on him. We agreed I should do so if circumstances warranted.”

“During our one-on-one meeting at Trump Tower, based on President-Elect Trump’s reaction to the briefing and without him directly asking the question, I offered that assurance,” Comey added.

And so, CNN was forced to publish a correction, revising the Wednesday lead to: “Comey unlikely to judge on obstruction.”

ABCNews also published an “update” of its previous report, putting the best possible spin on the inconvenient truth.

“UPDATE: While Comey did stop short of characterizing Trump’s words as obstruction of justice during his testimony Thursday, he, in fact, testified that he did tell President Trump on three separate occasions that he was not “personally” the subject of a counter-intelligence investigation.”

They placed the update far from the headline – in the third paragraph.

Where no one was likely to spot it.

 
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