Update 1645ET: President Trump was quick to note that this is exactly what he had warned about with regard to Scully and the Debate Commsission:
I was right again! Steve Scully just admitted he was lying about his Twitter being hacked. The Debate was Rigged! He was suspended from @cspan indefinitely. The Trump Campaign was not treated fairly by the “Commission”. Did I show good instincts in being the first to know?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 15, 2020
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C-SPAN has suspended anti-Trump debate moderator Steve Scully indefinitely after he admitted to lying about his Twitter feed being hacked following an awkward incident in which he appeared to accidentally tweet an intended private message to former Trump aide Anthony Scaramucci.
According to AP, Scully's suspension comes on the day he was set to moderate the now-canceled second presidential debate, which was to be 'a career highlight for the 30-year C-SPAN veteran' (and former Biden staffer).
After Scully tweeted "@Scaramucci should I respond to Trump," Frank Fahrenkopf, co-chairman for the Commission on Presidential Debates relayed Scully's lie that his Twitter account was hacked. C-SPAN similarly issued a statement, confidently claiming "Steve Scully did not originate the tweet and believes his account has been hacked."
CSPAN Comment https://t.co/5gP8l6fAfX— Pat Ward (@WardDPatrick) October 9, 2020
Shortly after Scully's 'hack' lie was peddled across the MSM by prominent voices, former Hillary Clinton staffer Yashar Ali noted that the C-SPAN veteran had previously blamed hacks twice before.
Tweets from 2012 and 2013 pic.twitter.com/jdeKqq7UEW— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) October 9, 2020
Scully has apologized for lying. Via AP:
Scully said that when he saw his tweet had created a controversy, “I falsely claimed that my Twitter account had been hacked.”
He had been frustrated by Trump’s comments and several weeks of criticism on social media and conservative news outlets about his role as moderator, including attacks directed at his family, he said.
“These were both errors in judgement for which I am totally responsible for,” Scully said. “I apologize.”
He blames conservatives. https://t.co/C6XlDaiB4t— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) October 15, 2020
In his "apology," Scully blames Trump for Scully lying about being hacked.— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 15, 2020
It's a perfect microcosm of Trump Derangement Syndrome: journo who claims Trump is a liar immediately decides that collusion and lying about collusion are the antidode to Trump. https://t.co/8SpcTSv4aM
Scully acknowledged that he let his C-SPAN colleagues down, along with fellow news professionals and the debate commission.
"I ask for their forgiveness as I try to move forward in a moment of reflection and disappointment in myself," he added.
A play in four acts. pic.twitter.com/8Gm8pPKhvG— JERRY DUNLEAVY (@JerryDunleavy) October 15, 2020
C-SPAN, meanwhile, said: "He understands that he made a serious mistake," adding "We were very saddened by this news and do not condone his actions."
In any event, who on the Trump team let this happen in the first place? Scully's anti-Trump bias has been known for some time.
What exactly does the 2nd Debate Monitor Steve Scully mean when he tweeted:— Christi Chat (@ChatChristi) October 1, 2020
“No, Not Trump, Not Ever” pic.twitter.com/c7BUo3nJsn