It has been reported that CNN executives have told their investigative team to cease looking for possible ties that may have existed between the Trump administration and Russia. After a long series of high profile reporting errors that made the network look even dumber than they already did, three journalists were forced to resign in June.
In the beginning of June, prior to former FBI Director James Comey being scheduled to testify in front of Congress, the investigative team had explained that Comey would purposely contradict President Trump’s claims that Comes hadn’t told him that he was under investigation. The information CNN gave was completely fabricated. It wasn’t until a few weeks later that the team made so many editorial mistakes that they were forced into a major retraction.
Executives transferred all reporting duties associated with the Trump-Russia narrative to CNN’s Washington, D.C. team in the wake of a retracted June report, members of the CNN staff told The New York Times.
The report in question was removed from CNN’s website after the network admitted it could not stand by information that tied then Trump advisor Anthony Scaramucci to a Russian investment bank under Senate sanctions.
CNN’s president, Jeffrey A. Zucker, led an investigation into the mishap and found that the story, written by Pulitzer finalist Thomas Frank, was published over the concerns of CNN’s legal team. The investigation revealed that key aspects of Frank’s reporting were based on one source, who expressed trepidation with how the information was presented before the story went to print, a fact Frank failed to relay to his colleagues.
The report came after a serious of embarrassments for the network, including the firing of hosts Reza Aslan and Kathy Griffin in response to inappropriate, and in Griffin’s case threatening, public messages directed at President Donald Trump. The story also came after CNN issued a correction on an article that inaccurately predicted details of former FBI Director James Comey’s congressional testimony.
The error that CNN made was also very bad for the news network’s brand since it happened while President Trump was already calling the network out for their biased news coverage. Even though CNN called for a retraction, they never came out and explained that the story was false. They simply explained that it “did not meet CNN’s editorial standards.”
Things are starting to fall apart for news networks that broadcast fake news. CNN is the first of many mainstream news outlets that will be facing consequences for their actions of airing fabricated news pieces. Is it that hard to just report the truth? Apparently for these guys it is. When you’re pushing a political agenda that isn’t supported by facts it can be difficult to come up with enough solid evidence to prove your point… simply because your point is wrong.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed that this truly is the beginning of the end for CNN. We cannot allow Liberally biased mainstream media outlets to continue spreading lies to the American people. This is the first domino in a chain that will take down the corrupt CNN news network.