On Sunday, following an appearance by Donald Trump in Greeley, Colorado, CNN wrote an article with the headline: "Trump, skeptical of mail-in balloting, encourages voting more than once if necessary: Donald Trump is not letting up on his claims that the election could be rigged against him." However, CNN failed to provide essential context in the CNN article. Among the sites that repeated the CNN story was ClickOrlando.
 
In the original online article, CNN quoted Trump thus:
“If you go to university center, they’ll give you a new ballot, they’ll void your old ballot, in some places they do that four or five times, so by tomorrow, almost everyone will have their new ballots in.”
However, the network failed to include the context of Trump’s remarks, and failed to include a significant passage in his remarks and thereby obscuring the fact that Trump said his supporters do not vote multiple times.  
Corrected version:
 
 
Here is Donald Trump's complete quote:
 
“If you go to university center, they’ll give you a new ballot, they’ll void your old ballot. They’ll give you a new ballot, and you can go out and make sure it get’s in. Now in some places, they do that four or five times, but we don’t do that. So by tomorrow, almost everyone will have their new ballots in.”
 
After the initial publication, CNN stealth-edited the article and changed Trump’s quote entirely. It now reads: 
 
“They’ll give you a ballot, a new ballot. They’ll void your old ballot, they will give you a new ballot. And you can go out and make sure it gets in.” 
In Colorado, registered voters automatically receive a ballot in the mail, but can vote in person or request another ballot if they have not yet mailed a ballot. 
“In some places they probably do that four or five times. We don’t do that. But that’s great,” Trump said Sunday, appearing to hint at the possibility of voter fraud in Colorado, a rare prospect Trump has continued to hammer on the stump.
 
Trump has frequently said he fears that the election process is “rigged” even while Democrats have dismissed reports of voter fraud and other violations of the electoral process. He said in Colorado,  “In some places, they probably do that four or five times. We don’t do that. But that’s great.”
 
The title of the article now reads: “Trump stokes skepticism of Colorado voting system.”
 
No mention was made of the changes, nor was there a note from the editor until approximately 9:40 p.m. ET when the following notice was added:
 
"CORRECTION: This story and headline have been corrected to accurately reflect Donald Trump's statement about mail-in balloting in Colorado." 
The editing by CNN comes as the WikiLeaks hacking organization has revealed close coordination between elements of CNN and the Clinton campaign.
 
Among emails stolen from Clinton campaign director John Podesta's gmail account by WikiLeaks is a thread of emails that involved Podesta and other top aides such as Cheryl Mills and Jennifer Palmieri. Staffer Nick Merrill received an email from Craig Minassian (with copies to Clinton confidant Philippe Reines, and Matt Mckenna) 
with the subject line: "CNN".
 
The email said, "This is just for you Nick but our favorite CNN source says that Brianna (who is filling in for Erin this week) and Dan have been speculating that HRC (ed. note: Hillary Rodham Clinton) lined up an interview with Andrea Mitchell about emails. Now she obviously shouldn't be telling me this so please don't burn the source or Madre may pay the price." 
 
It is not clear to whom "Madre" refers. Madre means 'mother' in Spanish. 
 
Watch a clip from Donald Trump's rally in Colorado:

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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