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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Three CNN reporters resign as Trump puts them on full blast for retracting phony Trump-Russia story

The CNN’s decision to retract a story  that connected a member of President Donald Trump’s transition team to ongoing Russia investigations  last week has been the butt of jokes for the network’s critics on social media and even mainstream media.

President Trump also the network “fake news” for publishing “phony stories.”

The controversial story was published late last week and it reported that the Senate Intelligence Committee was investigating the head of a Russian investment fund who Anthony Scaramucci, a financier and high-profile member of Trump’s transition team met before the inauguration. The story also reported that the Senate committee was looking into whether or not Scaramucci had suggested that sanctions against Russia might soon be lifted.



Trump tweeted Tuesday; “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!”

Scaramucci also said he accepted CNN’s apology.

He also tweeted ;”CNN did the right thing. Classy move. Apology accepted. Everyone makes mistakes. Moving on,”

Three CNN journalists, including the executive editor in charge of the investigative unit, have resigned after the embarrassing story.

Thomas Frank, who wrote the story in question; Eric Lichtblau, an editor in the unit; and Lex Haris, who oversaw the unit, all resigned according to CNN.

Friday night, once it was determined that editorial processes were not followed, CNN deleted the story from CNN.com. Soon thereafter, the story was officially retracted and replaced with an editor’s note.

The piece “did not meet CNN’s editorial standards and has been retracted,” the note said. “Links to the story have been disabled.”

“On Friday, CNN retracted a story published by my team. As Executive Editor of that team, I have resigned,” Haris said in a statement. “I’ve been with CNN since 2001, and am sure about one thing: This is a news organization that prizes accuracy and fairness above all else. I am leaving, but will carry those principles wherever I go.”




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