After being called out by Breitbart for publishing “very fake news,” it’s being reported that CNN president Jeff Zucker is directly involved in the internal investigation into a now-retracted hit piece.
Over the weekend, investigative reporter Thomas Frank cited a single, unnamed source who claimed that the Senate Intelligence Committee was looking into a “$10-billion Russian investment fund whose chief executive met with a member of President Donald Trump’s transition team four days before Trump’s inauguration.”
Senate Democrats Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) have also been implicated in pushing the false narrative about Russian collusion by urging their staff members to serve as anonymous sources for this and other “fake news” articles. While Harris associates deny their involvement, staff from Warren’s office have remained quiet about the matter.
Often implicated in fake news scandals themselves, BuzzFeed News has gotten on the bandwagon against CNN, citing internal anonymous sources from the major network who acknowledge that the decision to print the hit piece was a “massive, massive fuck up,” and “people will be disciplined.”
“Deleting stories without explanation is considered a serious lapse of journalistic ethics,” wrote BuzzFeed reporters Jon Passantino and Jim Dalrymple on Saturday, and they should know. They even acknowledged that they’ve done it themselves, stating, “Other outlets, including BuzzFeed, have faced considerable criticism and embarrassment for deleting content. And while CNN deleted its story, a cached version was still available online because nothing ever truly disappears on the internet.”
CNN is still keeping quiet about the details of what happened, despite a barrage of questions coming from other news outlets.
Trump ally Anthony Scaramucci, who was falsely named in the CNN hit piece as being linked to a Russian investment fund, said that he tried to push back against the lies by assembling a legal, public relations, and rapid response team, and CNN was worried, because they obviously knew that their reporting was shaky.
After the story was retracted and CNN issued a brief apology, Scaramucci graciously took the high road and called their apology a “classy move,” but he did tell Fox News anchor Howard Kurtz, that he was “disappointed” CNN ran the story, because it was a “lie.”
A former CNN anchor himself, Kurtz and other ex-CNN current Fox News reporters are vocal critics of CNN’s nonstop Trump-bashing.
Zucker is not publicly defending CNN’s conduct, and network spokeswoman Emily Kuhn won’t talk about the matter either, while it’s being reported that most editorial staffers are embarrassed that their higher-ups say nothing.
And despite reports that people will “be disciplined” at CNN, reporter Thomas Frank still has his job.
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