Tapper Dings Reliable Source’s Unreliable Sources

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By Betsy Rothstein Comment

ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper is questioning the validity of a recent item written by WaPo’s premier gossip column The Reliable Source: “Dear @WashingtonPost reporting I attended a farewell party for a departing WH staffer last week. False. Who saw me there, Mr. Magoo?” Tapper wrote on Twitter Monday afternoon.

The item…“Jen Psaki being feted at the Source restaurant Thursday night. The departing White House deputy communications director (headed to private sector PR) said goodbye to pals like Valerie Jarrett, Al Hunt, Norah O’Donnell, Gene Sperling, Jake Tapper, Chuck Todd and Mike Allen. All had sushi, dumplings, and a special drink in Psaki’s honor called ‘the prime directive.'”

As of today Tapper’s name is still included amongst the guests on the Sept. 23 item. We requested further comments from Tapper and WaPo‘s Amy Argetsinger. Tapper declined. Argetsinger replied, “A colleague called Jake’s concerns to our attention, and we’re investigating with the original witness to figure out what happened. I’ve since reached Jake and I believe him if he says he wasn’t there. A correction is in the works.”