Trump Slams Latest CNN "Fake News" Scandal: "What About All The Other Phony Stories?"

Last week, CNN's "anonymous sources" finally came home to roost when the entertainment channel was forced to retract one of its "bombshell" Russian collusion stories, when it was apparently revealed that the whole thing was nothing more than CNN's latest, anonymously-sourced fake news debacle.  Like most CNN stories on the topic, this one carried a salacious title ("Congress was investigating a Russian investment fund with ties to Trump officials") which implied some nefarious plot by the Trump administration to stage a coup in the United States. Within 36 hours, however, CNN was forced to retract the story and issue an apology to Anthony Scaramucci (presumably for the whole libel thing).

Then overnight, we reported that "the most trusted name in news" announced on Monday afternoon that three network officials are leaving their jobs over the incident: Frank, the reporter on the story; Eric Lichtblau, a recent CNN addition from the New York Times who edited the piece; and Lex Haris, the executive editor of “CNN Investigates.” The moves follow an investigation carried out by CNN executives over the weekend, with the conclusion that longstanding network procedures for publishing stories weren’t properly followed. “There was a significant breakdown in process,” says a CNN source. “There were editorial checks and balances within the organization that weren’t met.”

The official CNN statement: “In the aftermath of the retraction of a story published on, CNN has accepted the resignations of the employees involved in the story’s publication.”

Regarding the personnel changes, a CNN source said, “The individuals all stated that they accepted responsibility and wanted to resign.” A compelling wrinkle in the saga of the story springs from the careful language in the editor’s note: “That story did not meet CNN’s editorial standards and has been retracted.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,” it reads. CNN is not bailing on all the factual representations in the story, however. “We pulled it down not because we disproved it,” says a CNN source, adding that there was “enough concern” on some factual points that “given the breach in process, we decided to pull it down.”

This was not the first time CNN has been caught reporting fake news recently (see "Looks Like CNN's Anonymous Sources Got This One Wrong") and we doubt it will be the last.

Meanwhile, one person was particularly amused and happy by the ongoing CNN credibility slow motion trainwreck: none other than Donald Trump, who just after 6am took to twitter to gloat and share his delight in CNN's humiliation: "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!""

... and followed it up by retweeting what many believes is a far better logo.


revjimbeam doctor10 Tue, 06/27/2017 - 07:38 Permalink

This is getting tiring, hes like a 12 year old girl bitching about how mean everyone is to him. We get it, the press is lying and out to get you, water is wet, and the sky is blue. guess what, don, its alot harder out there for just about everyone else in this country than you have it.How about a little less tweets about your personal drama and more tweets about how youre going to Cut. My. Fucking. Taxes.

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revjimbeam Thom Paine Tue, 06/27/2017 - 10:35 Permalink

Sure the tweets are great, who doesnt love to see the press' bullshit handed back to them in spades, but its pure schadenfreude. We're in a time of -Record taxes-Record bankruptcies -Record healthcare premiums -Record federal spending-Record debtThe list goes on, man. the press will never change, ask goldwaternixonreaganbush&bush. theyre marxit dicks promoting an agenda and anyone that needs a daily trump tweet to be reminded of this is too stupid to be even having this discussion.Sure he should tweet more. much much more, but use the platform effectively to promote and articulate his agenda, to put pressure on congress, to actually get something that we elected him for done. All i hear about is fake news, i dont hear about a wall, i dont hear about tax cuts, obamacre repeal is an inside joke, i only hear about hillary as it relates to how unfair trump is treated... the press is trumps shiny object and as long as he remains fixated on them nothing else will get done 

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Sick Underbelly revjimbeam Tue, 06/27/2017 - 10:16 Permalink

Oh... but it IS ABOUT HIS PERSONAL DRAMA!!  When you sell out THIS DEEP to the Russian Mob, and anyone with authority gets close, your reactions could easily be cast as "personal drama" without much overstatement.If the many years' worth of (corrupted) FBI investigations culiminate in anything sticking, this shitmess will collapse in terror and horror.Read the article; do your own investigating...shitmess is the biggest understatement.Some of the underhanded corruption from the Clinonistas is pretty close to being surpassed by the shit from Trump and his Russian Mob connections.You're absolutely stupid if you think "Cut. My. Fucking. Taxes." is coming.  Check out "Cracking the Code" if you wanna know about taxes and what you need to do for yourself. 

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Hyjinx Tue, 06/27/2017 - 07:31 Permalink

Based on the Veritas investigation slander and libel at least. I really wish Trump could go after them legally but the story would be Trump tries to silence the press or some such bullshit. Sad we can't enforce any laws because our population is too dumb to see through the the MSM lies.

God is The Son Tue, 06/27/2017 - 07:34 Permalink

Circus, Mainstream Media under Zionist Control, Trump under Zionist Control. When people going to realize, their all being played by TRUMP and the Mainstream Media. You play good cop I play bad Cop. That's the Theaterical Script. I'm being to suspect ZEROHEDGE is another BRIEBART, Zionist Consertivie Manuplation Media Group. How many news sources have been linked from Anti-Muslim Pro-Zionist Jews from this site? Too many.

ludwigvmises Tue, 06/27/2017 - 07:32 Permalink

Yes, Trump is only telling the truth. Such as Assad using poison gas. RIIIGHT. Our Neocons are masters of fake news. Trump needs to stop going after CNN and the media and reign in his own war mongers.

Gerrilea ludwigvmises Tue, 06/27/2017 - 07:47 Permalink

Is that you Mr Cheney???  "Such as Assad using poison gas."  Show us the proof baby!!That meme of yours comes right out of the Neo-Cons playbook.  Wesley Clark said years ago we were going to attack a certain list of countries and we did.  Regime Change, Regime Change, Regime Change.DID YOU EVER QUESTION why when we sent 40+ drones into Syria and all we hit was a runway and 50 yr old Russian planes and no one got killed...DIDN'T you find that a bit odd?  Or the fact that the runway was up and running 24 hours later???I saw that as Trump appeasing those same Neo-Cons that want endless unfunded wars BUT that he knew the truth that Assad didn't do anything wrong in his own damn country! 

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Anteater Gerrilea Tue, 06/27/2017 - 10:41 Permalink

Trump doesn't make targeting decisions. Now, he's washed his little hands in a silver chalice, and unleashed the dogs of war to Mattis. MIC now controls the pace of the fleecing, as US hurtles towards the -$30T National Debt Event Horizon, beyond which all health and human services are subsumed by war, interest-only payments and Mil.Gov.Edu.Fed salaries and pensions for life.

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Infinite QE Tue, 06/27/2017 - 07:40 Permalink

STFU Drumpf. Where's the indictment of Hillary? Go for the throat of the beast and lay waste to them. Otherwise you are just another phoney stooge on the world stage. Stop tweeting and get to fucking work.

ByTheCross Tue, 06/27/2017 - 07:41 Permalink

So, fake calling out of fake fake news. No doubt the recursion will go another level deeper...As in Total Recall/Matrix, one can consider it an attempt to wake up those who can be woken, without disturbing those who shouldn't be, and to put back to sleep those who've been partially woken.Truth is stranger than fiction - which is why no work of fiction will dare touch it (save in allegory).

Thom Paine Tue, 06/27/2017 - 07:46 Permalink

Trump - Stop The Syrian murderingTrump - stop the Syrian LyingTrump - everybody knows it is all lies - mass murder for your Israel / Saudi friends.