Saturday, 20 January, 2018

Data Points on Fallout From CNN's Russia 'Fake News' Retraction

CNN deletes story on possible ties between Russia and a Donald Trump associate - just weeks after the network backed down on a report about James Comey CNN imposing new rules on Russia stories, leaked email shows
Kenny Thornton | 28 June, 2017, 22:30

In response to the news, Mr Trump tweeted, "Wow CNN had to retract big story on "Russia" with 3 employees forced to resign".

CNN executives, from CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker on down, believe they can not get stories wrong given Trump's willingness to attack the network.

That drew a quick retort from Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity, an ardent Trump backer.

James O'Keefe's right-wing activist group has released another video this week that purportedly shows CNN's own on-air talent believes the Trump-Russia scandal is a media-concocted hoax.

Colbert pointed out that the reason why the story was pulled wasn't that the facts were necessarily wrong but because "standard editorial processes were not followed".

Thomas Frank, the author of the article, editor Eric Lichtblau and Lex Haris, who headed the newly-created investigative unit that produced the story have all quit. From now on, it will be hard for the fake news media to credibly pin other similar "scandals" on Trump and his administration.

The report last week claimed Congress was investigating Anthony Scaramucci, a member of President Trump's transition team, for ties with Russian Federation.

Project Veritas released a new video Tuesday, revealing CNN management officers discussing the network's decision to cover the Russian Federation story despite a lack of evidence. Links to the story have been disabled.

OR communities receiving almost $20 million in rural assistance funding
Despite having nearly 1.5 million acres of federal lands, the less populated Rio Blanco County will receive about $553,000. Nationwide, a record $464.6 million will be distributed to 1,900 local government entities.

White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, on June 27, 2017.

A spokeswoman for CNN chief Jeff Zucker didn't respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.

Project Veritas, famous for its undercover videos exposing media and political corruption, went to CNN's Atlanta headquarters for the conversations with Bonifield.

Republican presidential candidates, take the stage during the CNN Republican presidential debate. "Ratings way down!" he tweeted Tuesday morning. "FAKE NEWS!" It's unclear why the president put Russian Federation in quotes.

One problem: When challenged on the particulars of the story, CNN acknowledged that it couldn't stand by it.

The heightened environment may also explain why CNN went to such extraordinary lengths to address its Scaramucci story. The network, though, has not explicitly said the story was inaccurate. Seth Mandel, the op-ed editor at Rupert Murdoch's conservative New York Post, said conservatives should praise CNN: "This is pride-swallowing, grownup stuff".

He later added: "Fake News CNN is looking at big management changes now that they got caught falsely pushing their phony Russian stories". The retracted CNN story was heavily dependent upon one anonymous source. "They are all Fake News!" he wrote.

See all of Trump's rant against CNN, including a meme he retweeted, below.

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