Journalists Resign After CNN Retracts Story On Trump-Russia Ties

Robyn Valdez
June 28, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday blasted CNN after its three staffers resigned over a retracted story connecting a top Trump proponent to a Russian investment fund.

The network retracted the story on Friday and apologized to Scaramucci.

But CNN challenged Trump on the second charge: The network's communications Twitter account responded to the tweet by pointing out the record ratings it has enjoyed during Trump's presidency.

An internal investigation by CNN management found that some standard editorial processes were not followed when the article was published, people briefed on the results of the investigation said.

Trump attacked the news network for its recently retracted story about a congressional Russian Federation investigation, which led to three editorial resignations.

Exiting the network were the story's author, Thomas Frank; editor Eric Lichtblau; and Lex Haris, who oversaw the unit, according to CNN Money.

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Critics will long cite this episode as evidence that CNN is precisely what Trump has called it - "fake news". He taunted CNN in a series of tweets on Tuesday.

The CNN story has nothing to do with what Trump is under investigation for. "So they caught Fake News CNN cold, but what about NBC, CBS & ABC?"

O'Keefe said in the video that this exposes CNN's "editorial bias and anti-Trump agenda".

Trump's son Donald Trump Jr. called for Zucker to publicly explain the retracted Russian Federation story Monday, which he called "the biggest fake news scandal in the network's history".

CNN said it retracted the piece because the information was not "solid enough" to publish.

"Our ratings are incredible right now", producer John Bonifield tells the Project Veritas reporter in the video, who asked the producer if he thought the story was "bulls**t".

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Even before O'Keefe's videos were posted, anti-CNN stories had been splashed across conservative media.

CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker has noted how the network's feud with Trump has helped its ratings and branding. "They are all Fake News!" he wrote.

The undercover footage, which Project Veritas released late Monday night, isn't the only problem CNN has to deal with right now. The reporters exited after CNN was forced to retract a story that wrongfully connected a Russian investment company to individuals tied to President Donald Trump.

He tweeted, "CNN did the right thing".

See all of Trump's rant against CNN, including a meme he retweeted, below. "They are all Fake News!"

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