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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Three journalists resign from CNN following Russia story retraction

Three CNN journalists have resigned after the network retracted a story linking a top President Trump adviser to a Russian investment bank. CNN, which Trump has frequently referred to as "fake news", has come under a lot of criticism since retracting the story and making apologies.

Thomas Frank (the author of the story), Eric Lichtblau (an editor in the CNN investigative unit that ran the story), and Lex Haris (who oversaw the unit) have all left CNN, the network made this known on Monday.

"In the aftermath of the retraction of a story published on, CNN has accepted the resignations of the employees involved in the story's publication," a CNN spokesman said on Monday.

It is believed this move would help CNN's legal position in case of a lawsuit. The retracted story connected Anthony Scaramucci, a top Trump ally, to a Russian investment fund run by a bank controlled by the Kremlin. CNN carried out an internal investigation and reportedly discovered that normal editorial processes weren't followed in the story's editing and publication.

It was also found that only one anonymous source was used in the story, and things such as fact checkers which CNN use in verifying their stories, were reportedly not used before publication. The network said that the result of the internal investigation does not necessarily mean that the facts of the story were wrong but the issue was that the piece was not strong enough to run as is.

Following the findings of the internal investigations and the retraction of the story, CNN added strict rules for its Russia coverage. The network also apologized to Anthony Scaramucci.

"On June 22, 2017, published a story connecting Anthony Scaramucci with investigations into the Russian Direct Investment Fund," CNN said in a statement.

"That story did not meet CNN's editorial standards and has been retracted. Links to the story have been disabled. CNN apologizes to Mr. Scaramucci."

A source close to CNN told BuzzFeed that the story's publication was a "massive, massive f--- up and people will be disciplined."


Anonymous said...

@Monday when are u resigning too.due to fake news

Anonymous said...

If you desire fake news at its finesest, tune in to CNN...THE CLINTON'S NEWS NETWORK

frank lucas said...

The FNN aka Fake News Network, is at it again.

obioma said...

Hmmm...perhaps Trump is right by labelling them as "Fake news"

Anonymous said...

I have been really disappointed in CNN. They never hid their preference for Hillary and since their preferred candidate lost, they have not handled this Trump wahala well enough.

GALORE said...

I don't even know what people see in @CNN news sef

Just give me SUNRISE �� dailies on Channels Television

Let me see faces of:

@Laope ogun (Margret Thacher of Sunrise dailies)


And the other guy

I am good


CHERYL (aka FROM GLORY to GLORY) said...

The story did not meet CNN's editorial standards yet it was posted b4 retraction? Seems to me those guys were sacked not that they resigned.

Long live LIB

Agbomen said...

Hahaha girl you are in the spirit. Maope Ogun, Chamberlain Usoh and Gimba Umar. A great team. My every morning tonic.

Nigeria of Our Dream said...

Hmmmmn, I strongly believe d truth wil prevail on US Russia relationship under Trump. Mark my words, sorry guys!

Akin Baiyewu said...

If you use by a hammer to kill a mosquito on your head. Wether you are successful or not,your head will surely break

ogbonna nwabueze said...

CNN version of our own Sahara reporters

Anonymous said...

Maybe dey retired based on the fact that dey felt their management is compromising somethings and retracted a message they know is valid

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