Three CNN Employees Resign Over Retracted Story About Russia Investigation

CNN has accepted the resignations of multiple employees who were involved with the network’s retracted story that supposedly tied the Trump Administration to the Senate’s investigation into Russia.

CNN is facing blowback over an erroneous report which claimed that former Trump adviser Anthony Scaramucci was connected to a Russian investment firm. The network pulled the story over the weekend, and they have issued new editorial rules for future content about the ongoing probes into Russia’s election interference.

The Washington Post‘s Erik Wemple was first to report that three people have tendered their resignations in the aftermath of the affair: Thomas Frank, the reporter who wrote the story, Eric Lichtblau, DC editor of the CNN Investigative Team, and Lex Haris of “CNN Investigates.”

CNN’s Brian Stelter has confirmed the news:

CNN’s management has launched an internal investigation to review the incident, and Stelter states that the retracted article did not adhere to standard editorial guidelines.

“These types of stories are typically reviewed by several departments within CNN – including fact-checkers, journalism standards experts and lawyers – before publication.

This breakdown in editorial workflow disturbed the CNN executives who learned about it.”

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