Trump takes another swipe at CNN following resignations

Three CNN journalists have resigned after the United States news network was forced to retract a story.

The president later added with no sourcing, "Fake News CNN is looking at big management changes now that they got caught falsely pushing their phony Russian stories". He wrote the story for CNN.

Worse yet, members of the Trump administration are "high-fiving each other over Anthony's success in embarrassing CNN". It deleted the story from its website on Friday night after its investigation. CNN immediately apologized to Anthony Scaramucci, the Trump transition team member who was reported to be involved in the meeting.

CNN on Friday night deleted from its website and all social media the story claiming that Anthony Scaramucci - one of Trump's transition members and a campaign adviser - had met with the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund. Russia's state-run bank, Vnesheconombank, which is now under USA sanctions, oversees the fund. That story did not meet CNN's editorial standards and has been retracted.

Out are: The reporter, Pulitzer-Prize nominee Thomas Frank; assistant managing editor Eric Lichtblau (who recently joined from the New York Times and is a Pulitzer victor himself); and Lex Haris, the executive editor in charge of investigations. Also losing their jobs were Eric Lichtblau, an assistant managing editor in CNN's Washington bureau, and Lex Haris, head of the investigations unit. Scaramucci, in the story, said he exchanged pleasantries in a restaurant with Dmitriev.

"Do you believe the media should go back and look at anonymously sourced stories on Russian Federation and Trump and maybe start a review process and retract where necessary?" the reporter asked. "Ratings way down!" he tweeted Tuesday morning.

Mr. Scaramucci accepted CNN's apology, saying, "CNN did the right thing".

Sanders ignored CNN reporter Jeff Zeleny's attempt to ask a question before ending her briefing.

Bonifield's comments show that a proper investigation would encompass CNN's culture and would begin at the top.

The resignations are a sign of the stakes for CNN. As Executive Editor of that team, I have resigned.

In this latest Veritas sting, Bonifield, Supervising Producer at CNN Health, makes the admissions to an unidentified journalist, who is heard in a brief edit of clips asking about the Russian narrative in CNNs reporting. "They just forgot to call it "Breaking News" and have a countdown clock". Creamer's firm recently sued Project Veritas alleging the sting violated federal wiretap law.

  • Annette Adams