Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Three CNN journalists resign after an anti-Trump aide story the network retracted

Three journalists have resigned from CNN after the US news network retracted an article alleging a Trump aide was under investigation by Congress.

The network published an editor's note on its website saying the story did not meet CNN's editorial standards. They have not given any further reason as to why the story was removed
The story was taken down on Friday following an internal investigation, with an apology to Anthony Scaramucci, an outspoken ally of the president.

Mr Scaramucci said it was not true, accusing the network of attacking President Donald Trump's friends.

CNN reported that Anthony Scaramucci - one of Trump's transition members  - had met with the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund ahead of the inauguration
Anthony Scaramucci

Mr Trump responded by taunting CNN in a tweet saying: "FAKE NEWS!"

"Wow, CNN had to retract big story on 'Russia,' with 3 employees forced to resign," he posted on Tuesday morning.
"What about all the other phony stories they do?"

Journalist Thomas Frank, investigative unit editor Eric Lictblau - a Pulitzer Prize winner - and Lex Harris, who oversaw the investigations unit, all resigned on Monday.

Thomas Frank, pictured, and two other CNN employees who were all part of an investigative team at the network resigned Monday after CNN deleted and retracted a story that Frank wrote that claimed there were possible ties between Russia and a Trump associate
Thomas Frank

Eric Lichtblau, pictured, who only joined CNN three months ago, was an editor on CNN Investigates. He resigned from the network on Monday
Eric Lichtblau

Lex Haris, pictured, previously oversaw CNNMoney, but was named the executive editor of CNN Investigates in January. He has worked for CNN since 2001
Lex Haris

'What about all the other phony stories they do?' Trump asked on Twitter as he claimed the network was heading for a major management shakeup

Trump retweeted a mocked-up CNN logo mocking the cable channel as the 'FAKE NEWS NETWORK'

Trump tweeted a shot across the bow of other news agencies: 'What about NBC, CBS & ABC? What about the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost? They are all Fake News!'

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