After another in a string of embarrassing screw-ups, CNN is reportedly implementing a policy change to strengthen oversight of stories involving Russia, according to a Buzzfeed News report.
Buzzfeed obtained an email sent by CNNMoney executive editor Rich Barbieri outlining the network's new rules. The email, which went out at 11:21 a.m. on Saturday said "No one should publish any content involving Russia without coming to me and Jason," a CNN vice president.
"This applied to social, video, editorial, and MoneyStream. No exceptions," the email added. "I will lay out a workflow Monday."
The new restrictions also apply to other areas of the network — not just CNNMoney, which wasn't involved with the article that was deleted and retracted. Buzzfeed said CNN didn't immediately return a request for comment or answer questions about what the previous workflow was.
In wake of story retraction, CNNMoney exec editor sends memo to staff mandating all "Russia-related content" must be cleared by him or VP pic.twitter.com/2Y6QMZj1h5— Jon Passantino (@passantino) June 25, 2017
The initial story, written by none other than Pulitzer-Prize-winning reporter Thomas Frank, claimed that "Congress was investigating a Russian investment fund with ties to Trump officials."
The story was perfect fodder for 'The Left', as it provided yet more 'confirmation' that Trump and his team were up to something nefarious involving the Russians...
Congress is investigating a little-known Russian investment fund...
The fund CEO met in January with a member of the Trump transition team...
"If you're going to get your nose under the tent, that's a good place to start," said Ludema, a Georgetown University economics professor. "I'm sure their objective is to get rid of all the sanctions against the financial institutions. But RDIF is one [sanctioned organizations] where a number of prominent U.S. investors have been involved."
A fund spokeswoman says there was no discussion about lifting sanctions...
Scaramucci's comments alarmed Democratic Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Ben Cardin of Maryland, who asked Mnuchin to investigate whether Scaramucci sought to "facilitate prohibited transactions" or promised to waive or lift sanctions against Russia.
Scaramucci disputed the story, and CNN eventually retracted it, saying only that it did not meet its rigorous ethical standards.
Scaramucci, for his part, has been a good sport about the incident. He even praised CNN for taking the story down, calling it a "classy move."
Of course, this isn't the only screwup from CNN in recent memory: Earlier this month, the station published a story claiming that Comey would contradict President Donald Trump's claim that Comey repeatedly told Trump he wasn't under investigation. But the publication of Comey's opening statement soon revealed this to be inaccurate, and CNN quickly corrected the story.
I guess those anonymous sources aren't always as reliable as we'd like them to be, huh?