About damn time…
Three people have resigned from CNN following the retraction of a report last week alleging ties between an associate of President Trump and the Russians.
“In the aftermath of the retraction of a story published on CNN.com, CNN has accepted the resignations of the employees involved in the story’s publication,” the news organization announced Monday in a very brief statement.
The three who quit are: “CNN Investigates” reporter Thomas Frank; the story’s editor, Eric Lichtblau; and “CNN Investigates” executive editor Lex Haris.
The resignations come just days after CNN pulled down a story claiming longtime Trump ally Anthony Scaramucci, who played a significant role on the president’s White House transition team, had deep ties to a $10 billion Russian investment fund owned by a Kremlin-connected bank.
The now-deleted story, which provided no proof of its claims, cited a single anonymous source.
On Friday of last week, CNN deleted the story from its website. The cable news group also issued the following statement, “On June 22, 2017, CNN.com published a story connecting Anthony Scaramucci with investigations into the Russian Direct Investment Fund.”
It added, “That story did not meet CNN’s editorial standards and has been retracted.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.”
The wronged party in this case responded well to the retraction.
“[CNN] did the right thing. Classy move,” Scaramucci said Saturday on social media. “Apology accepted. Everyone makes mistakes. Moving on.”
To be clear, CNN hasn’t admitted outright to publishing a false story.
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Earlier: (AoSHQ) CNN Publishes Single-Source Claim on Russia Investigation, Then Disappears It, Then Finally Retracts;Forbids Reporters From Running Any Russia Story Without Permission, Promises “Discipline”