CNN Retracts Russian Investment Fund Story; Trump Ally Accepts Apology

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CNN determined last Friday night that the editorial process was not followed and then chose to delete the story from CNN.com. The article mentioned a meeting between Trump's ally and financier, Anthony Scaramucci, and the CEO of the RDIF, Kirill Dmitriev, claiming that the investigators wondered if they had discussed lifting USA sanctions against Russian Federation at the World Economic Forum in Davos previous year.

The story, published Thursday, laid out the latest in the ongoing reporting saga of President Trump and hotly-contested ties to shadowy Russian officials.

On Sunday an anonymous source close to the network told BuzzFeed News that the story was a "massive, massive f**k up and people will be disciplined".

The author of the sthory, Thomas Frank resigned, according to reports, as did the assistant managing editor in CNN's Washington bureau, Eric Lichblau and the head of the investigations unit, Lex Haris.

On Friday, CNN was forced to retract a story from its website alleging that a member of the Trump transition team, #Anthony Scaramucci, was under Senate investigation for discussing the lifting of sanctions against Russian Federation shortly before Trump's inauguration.

"CNN.com published a story connecting Anthony Scaramucci with investigations into the Russian Direct Investment Fund", CNN said in its editor's note, "That story did not meet CNN's editorial standards and has been retracted".


CNN management found that some standard editorial processes were not followed before the article published, causing the network to retract the article on Friday night, according to Stelter's report.

Scaramucci wrote on Saturday that "CNN did the right thing".

It was also reported that three staffers with United States media outlet CNN resigned over the controversial story. "Classy move. Apology accepted", Scaramucci tweeted. Scaramucci, in the story, said he exchanged pleasantries in a restaurant with Dmitriev.

The morning after the White House released a statement claiming Syria is planning to launch another chemical weapons attack, President Donald Trump blasted CNN over a story the network was forced to retract.

The story had been quickly questioned both internally and externally, including by the conservative site Breitbart News. And it issued a correction on another story that inaccurately predicted the congressional testimony of James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director. Lichtblau, who won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting during his years at the New York Times, joined CNN three months ago. "I am leaving, but will carry those principles wherever I go".

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