CNN accepts resignations of 3 involved in retracted story

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 28, 2017

Project Veritas scored again, this time surreptitiously recording a CNN producer who admits that money is driving CNN's obsession with the Russian Federation investigation story, and that the coverage persists even though there is no evidence of collusion or wrongdoing by President Trump.

He later claimed: "Fake News CNN is looking at big management changes now that they got caught falsely pushing their phony Russian stories".

US President Donald Trump has decried "phony stories" by American television news channel CNN in the aftermath of the dismissal of three employees over a news story about an investigation into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

He also retweeted a graphic of the CNN logo altered to read "FNN: Fake News Network".

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves as he is introduced during the CNN presidential debate at The Venetian Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, on December 15, 2015.

The Scaramucci story marked the first time CNN has retracted a story since Zucker took over as chairman in late 2011. She called stories about Russian Federation and Trump "a hoax" that is distracting from other news.

CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker has noted how the network's feud with Trump has helped its ratings and branding.

The story was replaced with an editor's note of apology to Anthony Scaramucci, the Trump aide who was reported to be investigated in the story.

The retracted CNN article mentioned a January meeting between Anthony Scaramucci and Kirill Dmitriev, the head of the RDIF.

The site added that although the facts in the story were "not solid" enough for publication, CNN has not said the story is false. The three journalists to resign were reporter Thomas Frank who wrote the story, Eric Lichtblau who was an editor in the unit and the head of the unit Lex Haris. The network, though, has not explicitly said the story was inaccurate.

Project Veritas has released a new video that targets CNN and the network's obsession with Russian Federation. "Everyone makes mistakes. Moving on", he tweeted on Saturday. "CNN apologizes to Mr. Scaramucci", CNN wrote on the page where the article used to be.

The Post quoted an unnamed CNN source as saying that the news organization began an investigation into the story and concluded that reporting procedures weren't followed properly. The retracted story cited a single anonymous source. The cable network argued that the fake news story was the result of a breakdown in normal editorial controls, particularly fact checking.

The development is a blow for CNN, which announced at the start of the year the creation of a new investigation unit in order to compete with the New York Times and Washington Post, as well as Politico and the Wall Street Journal which have beefed up their investigative teams to cover the new Trump administration.

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