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CNN sees major fallout over a ‘fake news’ story about Trump-Russia Chris Enloe

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CNN found itself embroiled in controversy this summer after its investigative team made multiple reporting errors, including one major incident that led to the resignation of three staffers.

The New York Times described the fallout in a recent report.

Background

In early June, just before former FBI Director James Comey was scheduled to testify before Congress, CNN’s investigative team reported that Comey would contradict Trump’s claim that Comey never told the president he was under investigation. However, the information was false and CNN was forced to issue a correction.

Weeks later, the team made a series of editorial blunders leading to a major retraction.

The investigative team published a story connecting Anthony Scaramucci — then just a former member of the Trump transition team — to a Russian investment bank. The story hinged on a single source and lacked clarity, and its reporter wasn’t upfront with the trepidations the source had over the story’s angle. Editors also failed to answer at least one important question from CNN’s legal team. It’s not clear what that question was.

What is clear, however, is the story was likely false and Scaramucci’s team was “all hands on deck” in pushing back. That led to a meeting of CNN executives, including CEO Jeff Zucker.

Fallout

After realizing the editorial mishaps, network executives decided to issue a full retraction, apologized to Scaramucci publicly, and demanded resignations of three staffers who oversaw the story.

But the fallout didn’t end there.

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