CNN is definitely helping feed their “fake news” label.
They have retracted and apologized for an article that claimed senior Trump allies were connected to a Russian investment bank that is under investigation by U.S. officials.
According to Breitbart, CNN’s now-deleted article, written by “CNN investigative reporter” and “Pulitzer Prize finalist” Thomas Frank, named Anthony Scaramucci specifically as one of the Trump allies caught up in the Senate Intelligence Committee and Treasury Department’s investigation (which may not even exist).
Breitbart, describing CNN’s anonymously-sourced claim as “a demonstrably untrue allegation,” provides this excerpt from the article:
The source said the Senate intelligence committee is investigating the Russian fund in connection with its examination of discussions between White House adviser Jared Kushner and the head of a prominent Russian bank. The bank, Vnesheconombank, or VEB, oversees the fund, which has ties to several Trump advisers. Both the bank and the fund have been covered since 2014 by sanctions restricting U.S. business dealings.
CNN’s Thomas Frank also wrote:
Separately, Steve Mnuchin, now Treasury Secretary, said in a January letter that he would look into the Jan. 16 meeting between the fund’s chief executive and Anthony Scaramucci, a member of the transition team’s executive committee and a fundraiser and adviser for Trump’s presidential campaign. At the time, Mnuchin had not yet been confirmed as Treasury Secretary. The Treasury Department did not respond to a request for an update. Two Democratic senators had asked Treasury to investigate whether Scaramucci promised to lift sanctions — a policy shift that would help the fund attract more international investment to Russia.
Breitbart said they were able to speak to a “GOP source close to Senate GOP leadership” who commented of CNN’s claim:
This is nothing besides Democrats trying to frustrate the efforts of President Trump’s administration while Elizabeth Warren and those of her ilk spend their days collecting taxpayer funded paychecks while they do nothing but stand in the way of the progress of the American agenda and are responsible for this nonsense. They should put their names on it if they want to waste taxpayer money on it.
They also spoke with “a senior administration official” who said, “The matter has been reviewed and determined to be without merit.”
The CNN piece remained up for a full day before they realized the error of their ways and retracted it.
They released this statement:
Updated 10:44 PM ET, Fri June 23, 2017
On June 22, 2017, CNN.com published a story connecting Anthony Scaramucci with investigations into the Russian Direct Investment Fund.
That story did not meet CNN’s editorial standards and has been retracted. Links to the story have been disabled. CNN apologizes to Mr. Scaramucci.
— CNN (@CNN) June 24, 2017
And, through the power of Twitter, people let their opinions be known. And they were more on the unforgiving side…
You know I don't think there would be enough room on Twitter's servers to hold all the retractions you could put out for all the fake news
— Trump WON get over it (@Rightwingermike) June 24, 2017
CNN has editorial standards? You have a million articles to start correcting then because they're all biased
— PinkAboutIt 🇺🇸 (@Pink_About_it) June 24, 2017
Translation. Please don't sue us for libel. @Scaramucci SUE THEM FOR LIBEL
— Jodi McPhee Giddings (@JodiGiddings) June 24, 2017
— John DiMauro (@JohnDiMauro) June 24, 2017
But don’t worry CNN, you don’t have to absorb all the criticism alone. Tom Frank’s page is also getting a fair bit of it:
LOL not only do you write lies and propaganda, but youre also a leftist hack. "Centrist CNN" my a**!
— Nano🇸🇾 (@BasedNan0) June 24, 2017
your opinion on matters had zero credibility. 🤥
— Andrew Pina (@AndrewPina7) June 24, 2017
Wow Fake news hack isnt affraid to admit he leans left and plays identity politics. I wonder why his story didnt meet CNN's low standards
— Leo Turf 🐲 (@LeonardoTurfosi) June 24, 2017