After a series of embarrassingly misreported stories that CNN had to disavowal — and after firing a group of “reporters” because of it — CNN pulled its investigative unit off the Trump-Russia Collusion story because of the severe embarrassments.
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News has now emerged that CNN specifically told its investigative unit to steer clear of the Trump/Russia story, Daily Caller reported.
Executives transferred all reporting duties associated with the Trump-Russia narrative to CNN’s Washington, D.C. team in the wake of a retracted June report, members of the CNN staff told The New York Times.
The report from June was so bad that CNN eventually pulled the story off its website. The story tied then Trump advisor Anthony Scaramucci to a Russian investment bank under Senate sanctions, but the whole thing fell apart when CNN couldn’t confirm the claims of the sources in the published story.
CNN’s president, Jeffrey A. Zucker led an investigation into the mishap and found that the story, written by Pulitzer finalist Thomas Frank, was published over the concerns of CNN’s legal team. The investigation revealed that key aspects of Frank’s reporting were based on one source, who expressed trepidation with how the information was presented before the story went to print, a fact Frank failed to relay to his colleagues.
But that wasn’t the only story that embarrassed CNN.
The report came after a serious of embarrassments for the network, including the firing of hosts Reza Aslan and Kathy Griffin in response to inappropriate, and in Griffin’s case threatening, public messages directed at President Donald Trump. The story also came after CNN issued a correction on an article that inaccurately predicted details of former FBI Director James Comey’s congressional testimony.
Trump was merciless during the same period with his constant Tweets and jibes that CNN is nothing but fake news.
So, the errors and firings were even more embarrassing for CNN.
Still, CNN has refused to say they were wrong…
Despite the retraction, CNN has never said the story was incorrect. The network merely states that it “did not meet CNN’s editorial standards.”
A group of three reporters were also fired after the embarrassing stories.
Oh, they were said to have “resigned” from CNN, but, take my word for it. They were fired. No one “resigns” from the media unless they are pushed out by network executives.