Trump takes another swipe at CNN following resignations

President Donald Trump mocked CNN on Tuesday after the network retracted a story that said Congress was investigating a Russian investment fund with ties to Trump officials.

Nevertheless, the Scaramucci story was another ill-timed setback for CNN, which like other news organizations is under intense scrutiny from Trump and his supporters.

An internal investigation at CNN found that the three journalists-assistant managing editor and Pulitzer Prize victor Eric Lichtblau, Lex Haris, executive editor in charge of investigations, and Pulitzer Prize nominee Thomas Frank-didn't follow all the editorial processes in place for their story, though.

The Scaramucci story marked the first time CNN has retracted a story since Zucker took over as chairman in late 2011.

He attacked the network after it published a story last week claiming a member of the Trump transition team, Anthony Scaramucci, was under Senate investigation.

A spokesman for the TV channel had announced that "in the aftermath of the retraction of a story published on CNN.com, CNN has accepted the resignations of the employees involved in the story's publication".

On Tuesday morning, the self-proclaimed conservative "guerrilla journalist" James O'Keefe released an undercover video purporting to show CNN producer John Bonifield describing Trump-Russia stories on the network as ratings-driven. It was retracted the next night, and CNN apologized to Anthony Scaramucci, the Trump transition team member named in the story.




"An internal investigation by CNN management found that some standard editorial processes were not followed when the article was published", wrote CNN's Brian Stelter on June 26, citing "people briefed on the results of the investigation".

The president was livid at CNN's story but also felt vindicated because it seemed to confirm his belief that the cable network was trying to undermine his presidency, according to one staffer who demanded anonymity to discuss private conversations.

The story, from reporter Thomas Frank, concerned an investigation into an investment fund in Russian Federation "with possible ties to several Trump associates".

He says CNN isn't alone in its determination to take down the president, but it's been one of the worst offenders. "What about all the other phony stories they do?" He tweeted, "CNN did the right thing". "Apology accepted. Everyone makes mistakes".

When asked if he thought the Russian Federation collusion story was legitimate or all hype, Bonifield said it's "mostly bullsh-t right now".

They won't, though, as Huckabee Sanders also suggested that literally everyone in the country should go watch a video of a CNN health editor, who has nothing to do with the subject, calling CNN's Russian Federation coverage "bullshit"-a video she openly admitted that "whether it's accurate or not, I don't know".

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