CNN journalists resign over retracted story

Alvin Kelly
June 27, 2017

The story's retraction didn't necessarily indicate that its facts were wrong, but that it wasn't "solid enough to publish", CNN Money reported.

On Saturday the broadcaster took down its new "Russia story" which linked Anthony Scaramucci, a member of Trump's transition team, with the ongoing Russian investigation.

After being forced to delete and retract a story claiming that Trump campaign advisor Anthony Scaramucci was connected to the Senate's investigation into the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), CNN has imposed new rules for articles on Russia.

Following the journalists' departures, US President Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump, Jr., called the story "the biggest fake news scandal in the network's history", and called on the company's president, Jeff Zucker, to admit the story was fake.

A source close to the network, who requested anonymity to discuss the matter, told BuzzFeed News earlier that the story was a "massive, massive f--up and people will be disciplined".

Haris, who was named the executive editor of CNN Investigates unit in January, was previously the executive editor of CNNMoney.

The retracted story had said the Senate investigations committee was looking into a January 16 discussion between Mr Scaramucci and Kirill Dmitriev, whose Russian Direct Investment Fund guides investments by U.S. entities in Russia.

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In the retraction, the network said the story "did not meet CNN's editorial standards". "CNN apologizes to Mr. Scaramucci".

On Monday, three #CNN journalists responsible for publishing a Trump administration hit piece last week that turned out to be untrue resigned from the network, according to a report by Brian Stelter of CNN.

The story, which reported that Congress was investigating a "Russian investment fund with ties to Trump officials", cited a single anonymous source.

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. The network also issued an apology to Scaramucci, who accepted.

Of the three, Lichtblau won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2006, alongside James Risen for the New York Times. "Everyone makes mistakes. Moving on", he said.

He even goes on essentially vindicated Trump by saying, "I think the President is probably right to say, like, look you are witch hunting have no real proof".

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