Following the retraction of a Russia-related story by CNN, Trump once again accused the news station of being guilty of “fake news”
CNN accepted the resignations of three journalists involved in a retracted story investigating a meeting between Trump associate Anthony Scaramucci and head of a Russian investment fund Kirill Dmitriev.
CNN accepted the resignations on Monday. President Trump immediately lashed out in a tweet the next morning, writing: “Wow, CNN had to retract big story on ‘Russia,’ with 3 employees forced to resign. What about all the other phony stories they do? FAKE NEWS!”
The journalists who resigned included Thomas Frank, original author of the story; Eric Lichtblau, an assistant managing editor, and Lex Harris, head of the investigations unit.
The retracted story claimed the ongoing Senate investigations were reviewing a conversation between Scaramucci and Dmitriev which took place in January. Dmitriev’s Russian Direct Investment Fund is responsible for directing investments by various US entities in Russia.
Scaramucci claims all that happened was that he “exchanged pleasantries” with Dmitriev in a restaurant.
CNN takes big credibility hit following retraction and resignations
The retracted story was removed in its entirety Friday evening, having been posted the evening before. A swift apology to Scaramucci was issued by CNN.
CNN initially stated the story did not meet editorial standards, and was rapidly questioned both within the network and outside of it.
Thus far, the story has yet to be proved or disproved. Breitbard, the conservative news outlet that strongly supports the Trump Presidency, also questioned CNN’s credibility.
A CNN network executive who requested to remain anonymous stated one of the reasons the story was pulled was because it was not handled with the due checks and cautiousness as it should have been, considering the sensitivity of the issue.
Scaramucci accepted CNN’s apology, tweeting: “[CNN] did the right thing. Classy move. Apology accepted. Everyone makes mistakes. Moving on.”