Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Retracted CNN story a boon for president at war with media

Retracted CNN story a boon for president at war with media

The POTUS tweeted or retweeted four tweets criticizing the cable news network for an inaccurate story - which CNN had already retracted and apologized for - reporting that Congress was investigating a "Russian investment fund with ties to Trump officials".

The retracted story had claimed that Senate investigators were looking at the activities of the $10 billion Russian investment fund in connection to Scaramucci, who served on the executive committee of Trump's transition team.

CNN reported an internal investigation found that certain editorial processes and standards were not followed when the article was published, and the network then deleted the story from the website.

"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", a spokesman said Monday evening.

Over the past year, and in particular since the election of Trump, CNN, the Washington Post, the New York Times and other outlets have been engaged in a hysterical campaign of anti-Russia propaganda, repeatedly releasing sensationalist "breaking news" stories citing anonymous intelligence officials alleging ties between Trump and Russian Federation. After a series of embarrassing anti-Trump incidents involving Kathy Griffin, Reza Aslan and others who work for CNN, Zucker likely exerted pressure on the three journalists to resign to prevent further damaging controversies.

Bonifield said CNN CEO Jeff Zucker told his staff to get back to the Russian Federation collusion story after they covered Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord for two days, and implied that this decision was driven by ratings.

"Ratings way down! So they caught Fake News CNN cold, but what about NBC, CBS & ABC?"

The increase of CNN's daytime audience more than doubled and its prime-time audience jumped 70 percent past year during Trump's presidential campaign.

People familiar with the matter said the impact of CNN's retraction is reverberating throughout the newsroom.

“I think the President is probably right to say, like, look, you are witch-hunting me, ” Bonifield admits.

Prior to that, he worked at Newsday on Long Island, N.Y. He has been on CNN's investigations team since it started last winter, according to the network.

All three of the CNN journalists who left are respected veterans with decades of cumulative experience.

Over the weekend, Scaramucci tweeted that he accepted CNN's apology and would be moving on.

The story was posted Thursday on CNN's website.

A representative for the network did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday morning. "Ratings way down!" he tweeted Tuesday morning. "Everyone makes mistakes", he wrote.

One social media exchange about the CNN story indicated how feelings about the network were running strong among Trump supporters.

"They are all Fake News!" the president charged.

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