Monday, 18 December, 2017

CNN Producer Fesses Up: We're Just Doing The Russia Stuff For Ratings

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 The truth about the Trump-Russia story CNN retracted
Edmund Collier | 29 June, 2017, 07:22

In case you missed it, three journalists from CNN resigned on Monday June 26 over a Russia-related story that had to be retracted.

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)Fake News CNN is looking at big management changes now that they got caught falsely pushing their phony Russian stories.

Trump has long had an antagonistic relationship with CNN, frequently targeting the network in his tweets and describing it as everything from "unwatchable" to "the worst".

The retracted story appeared on CNN's website and did not air on television.

The story was replaced with an editor's note of apology to Anthony Scaramucci, the Trump aide who was investigated in the story.

CNN's public relations staff refuted Trump's notion that the network is hurting, saying it is completing the most-watched second quarter in its history.

The story, published last Thursday, said Congress was investigating hedge fund manager Anthony Scaramucci's ties to a Russian investment fund.

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. "Rather, it meant that 'the story wasn't solid enough to publish as-is, ' one of the people briefed on the investigation said".

"They called them in and said they'd pay out their contracts, but they should leave immediately", an anonymous source told the Post. "Ratings way down", the president tweeted.

65.6m people forced from their homes
The UNHCR found that the number of forcibly displaced people has risen from 33.9 million in 1997 to 65.6 million in 2016. Syria is still the world's largest producer of refugees with an estimated 5. 5 million living in Turkey and elsewhere.

"Wow, CNN had to retract big story on 'Russia, ' with 3 employees forced to resign".

CNN has not commented on the video.

Meanwhile, more resignations could be coming from CNN. On Monday, CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta complained on the air about White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer holding the daily briefing off-camera and barely calling on any CNN reporters for the past two weeks, while regularly calling on a Fox reporter.

Haris, in a statement to CNN's "Reliable Sources", noted that he'd been with CNN since 2001, "and am sure about one thing: This is a news organization that prizes accuracy and fairness above all else".

CAMERAMAN: But honestly, you think the whole Russian Federation shit is just, like, bullshit, right?

The New York Times has accused Mr. Trump of saying something false every day for the first 40 days of his administration.

The release of the embarrassing video comes after another high-profile fake news flop at the network.

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

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