We could see it coming. . .CNN just released that three staffers have resigned following the publication and retraction of a story linking a Trump transition team member to the Russian investigations. The story was published last week, and it cited an anonymous source that said the Senate Intelligence Committee was looking into the chief executive of a $10-billion Russian investment fund who had a meeting with Trump team member and financier Anthony Scaramucci.
The three who are now gone from CNN are a reporter and Pulitzer-prize nominee Thomas Frank, assistant managing editor Eric Lichtblau (he recently joined the New York Times) and Lex Haris, executive in charge of investigations.
“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,” CNN said in a statement.
According to a source that is familiar with the circumstances, Scaramucci called CNN and the Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist on Friday and threatened the possibility of a lawsuit if the piece was not taken down. By Friday night the piece was retracted with an editor’s note appended, saying in part that the “story did not meet CNN’s editorial standards and had been retracted. Links to the story have been disabled. CNN apologizes to Mr. Scaramucci.”
Scaramucci showed his appreciation for CNN, tweeting on Saturday that “CNN did the right thing. Classy move. Apology accepted. Everyone makes mistakes. Moving on.”
CNN is now placing additional restrictions on stories connected to Russia, according to a leaked memo that was published by BuzzFeed on Sunday.
What are your comments about how CNN has responded to these series of events?