CNN’s Jake Tapper airs FAKE National Enquirer cover during his segment covering claims that Trump tried to blackmail Joe Scarborough

Just five days after CNN laid off three journalists amid a ‘fake news’ scandal, the channel reportedly made another slip-up on Jake Tapper’s show.

On Friday Tapper reported on claims that the White House had told MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski to apologize for his negative coverage or suffer a National Enquirer ‘expose’ on their lives.

Unfortunately, the National Enquirer cover that was picked to illustrate the magazine’s often salacious content was completely fake, Page Six reported.

CNN' Jake Tapper Airs Fake National Enquirer Cover Story 1

The cover – which may have been created as clickbait according to Page Six – promises a ‘Presidential shocker!’

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Dated April 16, 2016, it has the cover line ‘Heidi Cruz betrayed by cheating husband!’ and claims ‘sensational photo proof’ of a ‘sordid threesome’ and ‘sleazy love letters.’

It also claimed that Ted Cruz was ‘named in madam’s black book’ and promises ‘the most explosive tell-all interview ever.’

Unfortunately for Tapper, the cover is literally fake news: It was never an actual cover of the newspaper, according to insiders at the National Enquirer.

It’s not known where it originated, but it was shared to Ted Cruz’s Twitter feed by ‘DeplorableTrumpEagle’ in April 2016.

CNN declined to comment to Page Six, but is reportedly taking the matter seriously and has escalated the incident to networks standards and practices department.

It’s especially embarrassing for the channel as it comes less than five days after it laid off three journalists in the wake of a retracted story about Trump and Russia.

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