Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Data Points on Fallout From CNN's Russia 'Fake News' Retraction

Data Points on Fallout From CNN's Russia 'Fake News' Retraction

The journalists, who all worked in the network's relatively new Investigative Unit, apparently used only one source for the article published on Thursday - a violation of the network's protocol.

Trump tweeted Tuesday morning, "Wow, CNN had to retract big story on 'Russia, ' with 3 employees forced to resign".

Trump lashed out on Twitter, asking his followers what other fake news stories CNN was producing. The network, though, has not explicitly said the story was inaccurate.

CNN publishes a story on June 22 that connects Anthony Scaramucci, a longtime Trump supporter, to a $10 billion Russian investment firm, per the Washington Examiner.

According to CNN, the story published on June 20 did not comply with the standards of quality, precision and exhaustive reviews imposed by the editorial department, particularly because it was based on a single anonymous source. Links to the story have been disabled.

"Scaramucci tweeted: "@CNN did the right thing. The retracted story had said the Senate investigations committee was looking into a January 16 discussion between Scaramucci and Kirill Dmitriev, whose Russian Direct Investment Fund guides investments by USA entities in Russia.

Scaramucci accepted the network's apology, but deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pounced.

Meanwhile, more resignations could be coming from CNN.

The producer, identified as John Bonifield, said it appeared CNN had no "smoking gun" evidence of wrongdoing by the president and was giving the story extensive coverage because it was good for the ratings.

"So I think he's been extremely clear that he believes that's a hoax and certainly something that's not true and didn't take place, and any story related to that, you would I think find frustration from", she added. CNN, founded in 1980 as the first 24-hour news channel, has facilitated and benefited from this process of the media becoming cheerleaders for imperialism. The network retracted the story on Friday and apologized to Scaramucci. "As Executive Editor of that team, I have resigned", Haris said in the statement.

"So I'll ask the press to leave". Lichtblau, a New York Times veteran, won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in 2006.

In a new undercover video, a CNN producer is caught on tape admitting that CNN's obsessions with Donald Trump and Russian Federation are due to chasing ratings from their liberal audience.

"I think you could take it pretty straightforward that this administration disagrees with all of the stories that claim that the president and his campaign colluded with Russian Federation in any capacity", Sanders said. He says the network treated him unfairly during the presidential campaign and favored his rival, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

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