Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Three Fake News Journalists Leaving CNN After Russia Story Retracted

According to CNN, three of their of their fake news/investigative unit journalist, including Thomas Frank, formally of USA Today and Newsday who wrote the story, Eric Lichtblau, a veteran of The New York Times and Pulitzer Prize winner, and Lex Haris, who oversaw the unit and previously the executive editor of CNNMoney have resigned after their publication of a Russia-related article was retracted.
CNN Money- "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. The story, which reported that Congress was investigating a "Russian investment fund with ties to Trump officials," cited a single anonymous source."
As if that is unusual for the media these days??? Can we say 'Fake Dossier' anyone?
"These types of stories are typically reviewed by several departments within CNN -- including fact-checkers, journalism standards experts and lawyers -- before publication. On Friday, one of the people named in the story, Trump ally Anthony Scaramucci, disputed Frank's reporting and said, "I did nothing wrong." In a staff meeting Monday afternoon, investigative unit members were told that the retraction did not mean the facts of the story were necessarily wrong. Rather, it meant that "the story wasn't solid enough to publish as-is," one of the people briefed on the investigation said."
Think this all kinda laughable now seeing CNN's reputation of passing off rumor and innuendo as news through the airwaves and social media. And obvious what they've done shows their lack of any journalistic integrity. I think this story was, like all the Trump stories we have had to endure, was just more shady sourced BS out of some government office or DC bar (if sourced at all). And I think someone at CNN Corporate, watching the whole news organisation  become a laughing stock, in an attempt to stop the bleeding is starting to put their foot down on the bullshit.

The Trump/Russia story, no matter how much they try and make it go, is going nowhere. And maybe someone finally realized it. Maybe not. 

Now I suggest to CNN, if they really are an investigative news organization and want their street cred back, (short of firing that Don Lemon guy and the crazy woman on in the daytime) would be to get your Woodward and Bernstein on, and point your journalistic snoop dogs towards uncovering the "High Crimes and Misdemeanors" of  Hillary Clinton and company. Helping to rake over the coals and put the first former First Lady in prison would surely get you one of those Pulitzer thingies. Guaranteed!