An important maxim in journalism is when you're in the business of peddling fake news, be prepared to write a lot of corrections.

NBC News just wrote a massive correction based on a false tweet based on a sleazy interview with Vladimir Putin. The interview seemed to have no other purpose than to trip up the Russian president on his country's alleged involvement in the U.S. Presidential election.

On Sunday, Putin told NBC News reporter Megyn Kelly in no uncertain terms: “There were no meetings [between Trump transition team members and Russian officials] I — you understand? There were no meetings. When I saw this, my jaw dropped.”

Kelly persisted. “No meetings between Ambassador Kislyak and anybody from the Trump campaign?”

“I have no idea,” Putin replied with a note of frustration. Clearly, he was getting angry at the line of questioning.

“I’m being completely honest with you," he continued. "I don’t know. The routine job of an ambassador — do you think that from all over the world or from the United States, the ambassador reports to me every day who he meets with or what they discuss there?”

Putin referred to the allegation and others suggesting the existence of a Russian "backdoor channel" to Jared Kushner, Trump's top advisor, and having compromising information on Trump as "complete nonsense."

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“Listen, his (ambassador Sergey Kislyak's) boss is the Minister of Foreign Affairs,” Putin added. “Do you think that I have time to talk to our ambassadors every day? All over the world? Complete nonsense.”

The Russian president then went in for the dialectical kill shot:

"For me, this is just amazing. You created a sensation out of nothing,” he said. “And out of this sensation, you turned it into a weapon of war against the current president. Well, this is, you know, you’re just, you people are so creative over there. Good job. Your lives must be boring.”

NBC News later tweeted the exact opposite of what Putin had said:

“EXCLUSIVE: Putin does not deny having compromising information on President Trump in interview with @megynkelly,” the network wrote.

Later, NBC was forced to delete the tweet and issue a correction.

Good job, NBC News. Your lives are never boring.

Check out the people online who knew NBC was full of it from the get go:

Kelly got abused after Putin destroyed her point by point:

Please share your comments on Facebook and Twitter if you think NBC News deliberately misled the public in its original tweet stating Putin did not deny having compromising information on President Trump.

 
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