Three journalists leaving Communist News Network after retracted article

Can it be true if provided to us by the major provider of fake news?

 

Of course, we would not want to leave the Washington Post or the New York times out of the running.

This has gone far beyond journalistic integrity of which they have not an inclining.

This is no longer a matter of free speech.

Legislation must be implemented covering fake news that affects national policy, holding the purveyors accountable with stiff fines, and or jail time.

This will absolutely receive a 10+ rating by the Trial Lawyers Association who are every bit as woeful as the journalists they will defend.


Three CNN journalists, including the executive editor in charge of a new investigative unit, have resigned after the publication of a Russia-related article that was retracted.

Thomas Frank, who wrote the story in question; Eric Lichtblau, an editor in the unit; and Lex Haris, who oversaw the unit, have all left CNN.

“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.

An internal investigation by CNN management found that some standard editorial processes were not followed when the article was published, people briefed on the results of the investigation said.

 

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The story, which reported that Congress was investigating a “Russian investment fund with ties to Trump officials,” cited a single anonymous source.

These types of stories are typically reviewed by several departments within CNN, including fact-checkers, journalism standards experts and lawyers — before publication.

 

This breakdown in editorial workflow disturbed the CNN executives who learned about it.

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.

The reporting about the Russian investment fund and Trump officials was not relayed on CNN’s television channels, but it was published on the web and shared on social media.

On Friday, one of the people named in the story, Trump ally Anthony Scaramucci, disputed Frank’s reporting and said, “I did nothing wrong.”

Friday night, once it was determined that editorial processes were not followed, CNN deleted the story from CNN.com.

Soon thereafter, the story was officially retracted and replaced with an editor’s note.

The piece “did not meet CNN’s editorial standards and has been retracted,” the note said. “Links to the story have been disabled.”

The editor’s note also included an apology to Scaramucci.

“CNN did the right thing. Classy move.

Apology accepted,” Scaramucci tweeted the next morning.

See the entire article below.

 

“Everyone makes mistakes. Moving on.”

The departures of Haris, Lichtblau and Frank are likely to come as a surprise to colleagues, particularly given the reputations of the three men.

Frank worked for USA Today and Newsday for three decades, pursuing investigations and covering the Iraq war as an embedded reporter, before coming to work at CNN.

He was part of an ambitious new investigative unit that was created last winter, bringing together existing teams from within the company and new hires like Lichtblau.

A veteran of The New York Times who won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2006, Lichtblau joined CNN just three months ago.

Haris, who was named the executive editor of CNN Investigates in January, was previously the executive editor of CNNMoney.

“On Friday, CNN retracted a story published by my team.

As Executive Editor of that team, I have resigned,” Haris said in a statement.

“I’ve been with CNN since 2001, and am sure about one thing: This is a news organization that prizes accuracy and fairness above all else. I am leaving, but will carry those principles wherever I go.”

 

 

Three journalists leaving CNN after retracted article

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Three CNN journalists, including the executive editor in charge of a new investigative unit, have resigned after the publication of a Russia-related article that was retracted.

Thomas Frank, who wrote the story in question; Eric Lichtblau, an editor in the unit; and Lex Haris, who oversaw the unit, have all left CNN.

“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.

An internal investigation by CNN management found that some standard editorial processes were not followed when the article was published, people briefed on the results of the investigation said.

The story, which reported that Congress was investigating a “Russian investment fund with ties to Trump officials,” cited a single anonymous source.

These types of stories are typically reviewed by several departments within CNN — including fact-checkers, journalism standards experts and lawyers — before publication.

This breakdown in editorial workflow disturbed the CNN executives who learned about it.

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.

The reporting about the Russian investment fund and Trump officials was not relayed on CNN’s television channels, but it was published on the web and shared on social media.

On Friday, one of the people named in the story, Trump ally Anthony Scaramucci, disputed Frank’s reporting and said, “I did nothing wrong.”

Friday night, once it was determined that editorial processes were not followed, CNN deleted the story from CNN.com. Soon thereafter, the story was officially retracted and replaced with an editor’s note.

The piece “did not meet CNN’s editorial standards and has been retracted,” the note said. “Links to the story have been disabled.”

The editor’s note also included an apology to Scaramucci.

“CNN did the right thing. Classy move. Apology accepted,” Scaramucci tweeted the next morning. “Everyone makes mistakes. Moving on.”

The departures of Haris, Lichtblau and Frank are likely to come as a surprise to colleagues, particularly given the reputations of the three men.

Frank worked for USA Today and Newsday for three decades, pursuing investigations and covering the Iraq war as an embedded reporter, before coming to work at CNN.

He was part of an ambitious new investigative unit that was created last winter, bringing together existing teams from within the company and new hires like Lichtblau.

A veteran of The New York Times who won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2006, Lichtblau joined CNN just three months ago.

Haris, who was named the executive editor of CNN Investigates in January, was previously the executive editor of CNNMoney.

“On Friday, CNN retracted a story published by my team. As Executive Editor of that team, I have resigned,” Haris said in a statement. “I’ve been with CNN since 2001, and am sure about one thing: This is a news organization that prizes accuracy and fairness above all else. I am leaving, but will carry those principles wherever I go.”

 

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5 thoughts on “Three journalists leaving Communist News Network after retracted article

  1. AND SO, the right to yell FIRE in church is not a free speech issue?

    The real issue is the complete and total breakdown of ethics in the news media. These folks who claim to be reporters are nothing more than rebel rousers with an agenda.

    The final judge is the People. If People stop supporting these corrupt unethical liars then perhaps the trend can be turned around.

    The idea that the MEDIA has gotten away with their lies for so long is difficult to imagine. The National Enquirer is now a better source of news than the New York Times.

    Change is coming and these organizations that were directed by America’s enemies will fail.

    Nancy Pelosi has experienced this impact first hand as has Maxine Waters. These two liars and cheats are being phased out by their DNC leaders as they realize that the people are turning away from their lies.

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  2. Unfortunately there is still a very large group of sheeple with a sixth-grade intellect that follow and believe the BS from this unethical medium. This is the same group that “demands” being taken care of by those who have taken responsibility for their own actions and “think” regularly. There will always be those who take from others and will believe anyone who supports their own unmotivated, and negative outlook on life.

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  3. The once respectable field of professional journalism in America is long since dead and buried alongside of great news men like Edward R. Murrow, Joseph T. Flynn, Frank Reynolds, William Buckley Sr., and David Brinkley.
    Dan Rather lost a lot of credibility with me after the story- which came out in the late 1980’s- of his bizarre encounter with a bunch of men accosting him while he was walking in New York City and asking him repeatedly, “Kenneth, what is the formula?
    Very weird. I wonder if it really happened at all!

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