Here’s The Fake Trump Story That Made Three CNN Journalists Resign
CNN on Monday got resignation letters from three of its journalists over a story that the network says was improperly vetted and should not have been published.
According to the story, Trump transition team member Anthony Scaramucci had met with a chief executive from a Russian investment bank a few days before Trump’s inauguration.
The story also said that Congressional officials were investigating whether Scaramucci spoke to Dmitriev, the bank official, about possibly relieving U.S. sanctions on the Russian Federation.
However, the story was removed from CNN’s website on Friday, and instead, the network left a note left its place, explaining that the story failed to meet CNN’s journalistic ethos.
“On June 22, 2017, CNN.com published a story connecting Anthony Scaramucci with investigations into the Russian Direct Investment Fund,” the note read. “That story did not meet CNN’s editorial standards and has been retracted.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.”
CNN announced on Monday that three journalists responsible for the story had resigned.
The story only cited one source, and CNN said it had not been published with their normal editorial processes.
CNN’s Brian Stelter lauded the reputations of the men who resigned.
Thomas 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 [Eric] 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.
Lex Haris, who was named the executive editor of CNN Investigates in January, was previously the executive editor of CNNMoney.
Scaramucci had accepted their apology on Saturday, saying, “CNN did the right thing. Classy move. Apology accepted.”