Colbert Mocks CNN's Retracted Story

CNN Won’t Discipline Producer Caught in O’Keefe’s Latest Sting

CNN Won’t Discipline Producer Caught in O’Keefe’s Latest Sting

President Donald Trump is using the resignations of three CNN journalists involved in a retracted Russia-related story to resume his attack on the network's credibility.

The CNN report had claimed the Senate Intelligence Committee was investigating ties between the Trump administration and an investment fund controlled by Russian bank VEB, which has been subject to sanctions by the United States and Europe since the 2014 annexation of Crimea by Russia. The mess for CNN only got worse Tuesday after the release of secretly recorded videos of a CNN producer criticizing the network's coverage of Trump-Russia stories.

A message seeking comment was left at CNN.

Elsewhere, Project Veritas had posted a video on YouTube purporting to show a CNN Health supervising producer talking about the ratings-driven nature of cable news' focus on the Russian Federation story.

The threat of a $100 million libel suit apparently prompted the retraction and the ousting of the staffers behind the story, according the New York Post.

CNN Health Supervising Producer John Bonifield
CNN Health Supervising Producer John Bonifield

In an editor's note published early Saturday, the network said: "That story did not meet CNN's editorial standards and has been retracted".

Haris was the previous executive editor of CNN Money before being appointed to head the investigations team in January. Scaramucci, in the story, said he exchanged pleasantries in a restaurant with Dmitriev.

The following day, CNN informed employees that stories about Russian Federation must be first reviewed by CNNMoney executive editor Rich Barbieri and CNN vice president Jason Farkas, according to BuzzFeed. "And I think if that is that place that certain outlets are going - particularly for the objective of spiking ratings, and if that's coming directly from the top, I think that's even more scary". Harris explained that when CNN refused the article, published by his team, he resigned. On Monday, CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta complained on the air about White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer holding the daily briefing off-camera and barely calling on any CNN reporters for the past two weeks, while regularly calling on a Fox reporter. "Yes, it's a fine story - they just forgot to call it "breaking news" and have a countdown clock". The law firm of one victim recently sued O'Keefe, alleging violation of a federal wiretap law.

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

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