In light of a series of high-profile mistakes committed by CNN reporters, that has led to three journalists resigning in June, the executives at CNN had to explicitly tell their reporters to stop looking into the Trump-Russia story.
They made this decision after they retracted the June story about Trump’s adviser, Anthony Scaramucci, and his possible ties to a Russian investment bank under Senate sanctions.
The president of CNN, Jeffrey A. Zucker led an investigation into the story and found that the reporter working on the story, Thomas Frank, who is a Pulitzer prize finalist, published the story over the concerns of CNN’s legal team over the story.
Apparently key aspects of Frank’s reporting were based off only one source, who expressed hesitation with how the information was presented before the story was printed. Frank failed to reveal any of this to his colleagues before going ahead with the story.
This happened after another series of embarrassments for CNN.
Hosts Reza Aslan and Kathy Griffin were fired, after inappropriate, and in Griffin’s case threatening, public messages directed to President Trump.
Then CNN had to issue a correction on an article that inaccurately predicted details of former FBI Director James Comey’s congressional testimony.
All of these mistakes coincided with Trump, apparently accurately, accusing CNN along with other media outlets for producing “fake news.”
Despite CNN retracting the article, they still never said that the story was incorrect, but that the story “did not meet CNN’s editorial standards.”