On June 22, CNN published an article on that discusses Trump advisor Anthony Scaramucci’s role in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s ongoing investigation into Russia’s involvement in the latest Presidential election. In this report, Scaramucci was suspected of having relations with the state-run Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF). In the days leading up to Trump’s inauguration, Scaramucci was spotted meeting with the CEO of a Russian Investment Fund, Kirill Dmitriev.
According Foxnews, Scaramucci had made clear to CNN executives that his encounter with Dmitriev was purely incidental and their conversation did not include any information regarding the United States lifting sanctions against Russia.
“We must have talked for three to five minutes at the table,” Scaramucci told ‘Media Buzz’ host Howard Kurtz.
Upon seeing the story, Scaramucci defended himself by tweeting the following.
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) June 22, 2017
Along with an apology, the official retraction notice was posted on CNN’s twitter account on late Friday evening. The original article’s link has been disabled and replaced with their editorial note.
— CNN (@CNN) June 24, 2017
On the following Monday, CNN accepted the resignations of three journalists involved in this story: Pulitzer-prize finalist Thomas Frank, Pulitzer-winner of national reporting Eric Lichtblau and executive editor of CNN Investigations Lex Harris. Their resignation was confirmed by CNN’s Senior media correspondent Brian Stelter, whose article posted further explained that the retraction does not necessarily implicate erroneous reporting. Rather, it meant that “the story wasn’t solid enough to publish as-is.”
Breaking: 3 CNN journalists have resigned after the publication of an article that was retracted. Here’s my story https://t.co/iqzSK1VORH
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) June 26, 2017
In response to CNN’s apology, Scaramucci displayed a forgiving attitude.
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) June 24, 2017
Trump weighed in on this matter himself by questioning the news organization’s poor journalistic standards as shown in their lack of factual reporting. In this politically sensitive era of fake news and alternative facts, Trump has relished in dismissing news coverage that associates him and his team with unfavorable information.
Wow, CNN had to retract big story on “Russia,” with 3 employees forced to resign. What about all the other phony stories they do? FAKE NEWS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 2017
Besides acting as the current chief strategy officer at the U.S. Export-Import Bank, Scaramucci is also the author of three books: ‘Goodbye Gordon Gekko: How to Find Your Fortune Without Losing Your Soul’, the ‘Little Book of Hedge Funds: What You Need To Know About Hedge Funds but the Managers Won’t Tell You’ and ‘Hopping Over the Rabbit Hole: How Entrepreneurs Turn Failure Into Success’.
For Scaramucci, his career has not always been without its ups and downs. Though he started as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, this Wall Street Job quickly descended into ashes when he got fired. While many would have moved, he managed to stay by convincing them to rehire him in their securities sales division. From there, he was able to discover his niche.
Following his most recent release, ‘Hopping Over the Rabbit Hole’, Scaramucci joined Bookstr for a discussion with our CEO, Sarah Hill. Watch it here:
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