AT&T MERGER FORCED CNN TO FIRE 3 EMPLOYEES, ‘APOLOGIZE’ TO SCARAMUCCI, RETRACT RUSSIA STORY

Posted on June 28, 2017

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NYP: “The specter of a $100 million libel suit scared CNN into retracting a poorly reported story that slimed an ally of President Trump’s — and forcing out the staffers responsible for it, The Post has learned.
The cable network’s coverage of Trump transition-team member Anthony Scaramucci came amid federal scrutiny of corporate parent Time Warner’s pending purchase by AT&T — and the widespread belief among media execs that CNN President Jeff Zucker can’t survive a merger.
CNN immediately caved after Scaramucci, a financier and frequent network guest, cried foul and threatened to take legal action, sources said Tuesday.”

“Scaramucci got an unusual public apology but still hired a top Manhattan lawyer to put further pressure on CNN and “look after [his] interests in this matter,” one source said.
Sources also said the three journalists responsible for the retracted story — reporter Tom Frank, editor Eric Lichtblau and Lex Haris, who headed the CNN Investigates unit — were urged to resign”

There was no real apology and the 3 ‘journalists’ were fired. If not for the merger, no fake apology and no firings.

AP: “President Donald Trump used the resignations of three CNN journalists involved in a retracted Russia-related story to resume his attack on the network’s credibility Tuesday.”

Somebody tell AP.


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NYP: CNN Faced $100M Lawsuit Over Botched Russia Story
AP DEFENDS CNN, RUSSIAN RETRACTION STORY: FOCUSES ON PRES TRUMP’S ATTACK AT FAKE NEWS

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