- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Somebody’s putting out some fake news, or at least needs to reset their watches.

With anticipation building ahead of fired FBI Director James Comey’s Capitol Hill testimony on what President Trump knew and when did he know it concerning Russia’s election hacking, the rival cable news networks were running onscreen tickers counting down the hours, minutes and seconds until Thursday’s hearing began.

Unfortunately, the two clocks don’t match.

At 10:34 a.m. on Wednesday morning, CNN was informing viewers that Mr. Comey would begin testifying in 22 hours, 25 minutes and 35 seconds. At the same instant, Fox was telling its viewers that the fireworks would be commencing an hour later, in 23 hours, 25 minutes and 35 seconds.

According to the Associated Press Daybook listing, the Senate intelligence committee hearing where Mr. Comey will speak begins at 10 a.m. ET Thursday — in line with the Fox projection, although with the traditional lengthy opening statements from lawmakers, the ousted FBI chief may not actually start speaking for quite some time after the hearing is gaveled to order.

It was not clear whether the cable countdown clocks referred to when the hearing started or when the pre-game coverage of the hearing began.

MSNBC is staying out of the fight, eschewing any countdown clock at all in its Wednesday’s coverage.

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