A new blockbuster undercover video from James O'Keefe's Project Veritas allegedly caught a CNN producer admitting that the news network is staying with the "mostly bulls**t" Trump-Russia story for the "incredible ratings". He wrote the story for CNN.
CNNMoney executive editor Rich Barbieri sent out an email Saturday regarding the network's new rules after CNN a day earlier on one of its stories.
On Friday night, CNN removed the story from its site.
Citing an anonymous source, the report said the US Treasury Department was believed to be investigating Anthony Scaramucci, a businessman and member of the Trump transition team, said to have met the director general of the fund on January 16.
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In excerpts from a separate interview, Trump criticized President Barack Obama for inaction in the face of Russian meddling.
Following the scandal, CNN retracted the story and issued an apology to Scaramucci - who accepted, tweeting "everyone makes mistakes". They are reporter Thomas Frank, a former Pulitzer Prize finalist for USA TODAY; editor Eric Lichtblau, a Pulitzer Prize victor for the New York Times who joined CNN earlier this year; and Lex Haris, executive editor of "CNN Investigates".
By Monday morning, Frank and two editors who worked on the piece, Lex Haris and Eric Lichtblau, had submitted their resignations. "Rather, it meant that 'the story wasn't solid enough to publish as-is, ' one of the people briefed on the investigation said. Ratings way down!" he tweeted Tuesday morning. CNN's head, the same one who said "let's get back to Russian Federation", is investigating the matter.
The news media's coverage of the Russian Federation scandal - often based on anonymous sources - also took a hit when ousted FBI Director James B. Comey testified that a February 14 New York Times story was "not true" and lamented articles citing sources claiming to reveal classified information.
RT has reached out to CNN for comment, but has yet to receive a response. The email went out on Saturday morning from Rich Barbieri, CNNMoney's executive editor, saying: "No one should publish any content involving Russian Federation without coming to me and Jason (Farkas, a CNN vice president)".
The producer, identified as John Bonifield, said it appeared CNN had no "smoking gun" evidence of wrongdoing by the president and was giving the story extensive coverage because it was good for the ratings. "They are all Fake News!"