“NATIONAL HARBOR, MARYLAND—When President Donald Trump took the stage Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, he was greeted with cheers, chants of “USA,” and dozens of Russian flags. Two young, progressive activists from DC, Jason Charter and Ryan Clayton with the group Americans Take Action, purchased tickets to the conference, and handed out nearly 1,000 flags to attendees as a prank. After they were thrown out of the conference, they told TPM they wanted to “shed light on an important issue”—namely, the drip of revelations of backchannel communications between the Russian government and the Trump campaign—and allow people to “get a laugh out of their day.””
Most news organizations were fooled and reported that Trump supporters handed out the flags. Other organizations said that they did not know who handed out the flags. It’s more fake news.
Cudos to this news outlet for getting the story right.
UPDATE: Take a look at what most of the media is reporting. One day later and some media outlets still get the story wrong or refuse to tell the truth.