Trump Takes Another Swipe at CNN Following Resignations
Jun 28 2017
Just one day after three CNN staffers resigned over a retracted story about Russian Federation, the network has been hit with an undercover video from a right-wing watchdog group.
The cable TV network on Thursday published a story saying that the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee was probing Trump campaign adviser Anthony Scaramucci for allegedly meeting with a Russian investor days before Trump's inauguration on January 20, citing an anonymous source.
A Buzzfeed report earlier Monday said CNN is also implementing strict new rules for the network's stories regarding Russian Federation.
Three CNN journalists have resigned after the USA news network was forced to retract a story.
Thomas Frank, who wrote the story in question; Eric Lichtblau, an editor in the unit; and Lex Haris, who oversaw the unit, have all left CNN.
Donald Trump (then starring on The Apprentice) and CNN president Jeff Zucker (then the president of NBC Entertainment) on October 15, 2004, in New York City.
Bonifield also revealed that CNN caters the coverage to its "liberal" viewers, saying that the network targets President Trump because the viewership enjoys it.
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.
Scaramucci tweeted a quick response to the Thursday story, saying he had done "nothing wrong".
A spokeswoman for CNN chief Jeff Zucker didn't respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.
Trump has been unhappy with CNN since he was a candidate past year, and hasn't granted the network an interview since he's been president.
The CNN resignations may trigger some soul-searching at big outlets, which for months have gone after Trump with anonymous sources and dubious assertions regarding Russian Federation.
"I haven't seen any good enough evidence to show that the president committed a crime", he said.
James O'Keefe, the hidden-cam journalist behind Project Veritas, released a video of a CNN producer admitting the Russian Federation narrative is "bull$#!t".
So, even knowing the truth the CNN journalists couldn't help but disseminate "fake news" in order to get ratings. "As Executive Editor of that team, I have resigned", Haris said in a statement.
O'Keefe and Project Veritas have a track record of aiding Republican causes, often by using hidden cameras and hiding identities, and Trump's nonprofit foundation has made two $10,000 donations to the organization.
O'Keefe first gained notoriety for his 2009 headline-grabbing release of undercover videos alleging illegal activity by employees of ACORN, a community organizing group that helped register low-income people to vote. Creamer's firm recently sued Project Veritas alleging the sting violated federal wiretap law.
Friday night, once it was determined that editorial processes were not followed, CNN deleted the story from CNN.com. Officials within CNN's standards and practices unit had raised concerns about several elements of the story, including the reliance on a single source, and others at the network were surprised to see it had been posted anyway.
Following the retraction, Scaramucci tweeted that CNN "did the right thing".
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