TAKING BETS

Those three reporters involved in the “Fake News” CNN story trying to smear Trump have resigned.

Wanna bet they get re-hired in 6 months? By CNN again?

Three CNN journalists, including the executive editor in charge of the network’s new investigative unit, resigned on Monday after CNN retracted a story last week.

“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,” a CNN spokesman said Monday evening.

Thomas Frank, who wrote the retracted story in question; Eric Lichtblau, an editor in the investigative unit; and Lex Haris, who oversaw the unit, all resigned their positions.

The retracted article was posted last Thursday and claimed that “longtime Trump ally Anthony Scaramucci, who played a significant role on [Donald Trump’s] White House transition team, had deep ties to a $10 billion Russian investment fund owned by a Kremlin-connected bank,” according to the Washington Examiner.

Scaramucci responded on Thursday to a supporter of President Donald Trump on Twitter, who said that Scaramucci was being slandered on CNN.

CNN determined last Friday night that the editorial process was not followed and then decided to delete the story from CNN.com. The network then officially retracted the story and replaced it with an editor’s note, CNN reported.

The piece “did not meet CNN’s editorial standards and has been retracted,” the note said. “Links to the story have been disabled.”

The editor’s note also included an apology to Scaramucci.

Scaramucci wrote on Saturday that “CNN did the right thing.”

CNN’s Brian Stelter reported that all three journalists had positive reputations prior to their departure from CNN:

Frank worked for USA Today and Newsday for three decades, pursuing investigations and covering the Iraq war as an embedded reporter, before coming to work at CNN.

He was part of an ambitious new investigative unit that was created last winter, bringing together existing teams from within the company and new hires like Lichtblau.

A veteran of The New York Times who won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2006, Lichtblau joined CNN just three months ago.

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

“On Friday, CNN retracted a story published by my team. As Executive Editor of that team, I have resigned,” Haris said in a statement. “I’ve been with CNN since 2001, and am sure about one thing: This is a news organization that prizes accuracy and fairness above all else. I am leaving, but will carry those principles wherever I go.”

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2 Responses to TAKING BETS

  1. grayjohn says:

    These scum never get fired. They’ll be paid well for their efforts and then re hired in a low profile position for more money, advising their replacements how to lie.

  2. Leonard Jones says:

    This particular network seems fine with their reporters yanking “Unnamed sources”
    out of their rectal orifices all day long, so I smell a deeper story here. For decades
    even the broadcast networks insisted their “mission” was more important than
    profits. CNN and MSNBC have taken this to a whole new level.

    If you are putting a political agenda above truth and profits, your business is going
    to fail before you will ever do anything to reform it. If these people were canned,
    it had to be for something so over the top that management had no choice.

    Reminds me of Bill, Hill, Oblowme and the First Wookie all having their law licenses
    revoked. In a profession swarming with corrupt scumbags, how fucked up does
    one have to be for that to happen?

    Whatever happened in this case, it had to be a big fucking deal:

    https://media1.giphy.com/media/QhqGYrvrNOmKA/200.webp#21-grid1

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