Eleven data points tracking CNN's Russian Federation "fake news" story - and its retraction - concluded on Tuesday with a gleeful President Donald Trump going after other news media for their Russian Federation coverage, too.
For a president seemingly at perpetual war with "fake news", the resignation of three CNN journalists over a retracted story about a Donald Trump Russian connection is a gift from the political gods when the struggling effort to pass a health bill dominates the headlines.
The episode is a damaging blow for a network that Trump has frequently derided as "fake news", and for a story that never even made it onto any of CNN's television networks. "I certainly don't think that you'd get arguments from us if there were retractions from outlets on fake stories, but I also think that there's a moment where we can all do better, and I certainly think that's what we strive to do everyday, and hopefully, that's the goal", Sanders said.
However, he has worked at CNN for nearly 15 years as a journalist and producer, and is thus well-positioned to offer both a reality check on the story his network has been driving and an insight into the network's motive.
The transition team official was identified as Anthony Scaramucci, a Wall Street figure who had been mentioned early on for a possible White House position but who never ended up taking one.
According to Carlson's segment on the scandal, CNN was "no longer just a news organization" but "a campaign with a political mission", he said. Numerous details in CNN's report were completely false, which prompted the network to issue a retraction and an apology to the Trump team member in question, and led to a company-wide investigation. CNN, in initially taking down the story, said it didn't meet editorial standards.
By Monday morning, Frank and two editors who worked on the piece, Lex Haris and Eric Lichtblau, had submitted their resignations. Scaramucci, in the story, said he exchanged pleasantries in a restaurant with Dmitriev. "Soon thereafter, the story was officially retracted and replaced with an editor's note". "Ratings way down!" he tweeted Tuesday morning. The resignations were prompted by a story published by CNN alleging ties between a member of Trump's transition team and Russian Federation.
A spokeswoman for CNN chief Jeff Zucker didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday. "It's Donald Trump." The Washington Post reported a fake Time magazine issue with Trump on the cover is hanging on the walls of his golf clubs. "We said we are going after the media, and there is a lot more to come". "They are all Fake News!" he wrote.
James O'Keefe of Project Veritas has been embarrassing the left with his surreptitious videos.