Accuracy in Media

After being forced to delete and retract a story claiming that Trump campaign advisor Anthony Scaramucci was connected to the Senate’s investigation into the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), CNN has imposed new rules for articles on Russia.

An internal email obtained by Buzzfeed News outlining the changes was sent out Saturday morning by CNNMoney executive editor Rich Barbieri.

“No one should publish any content involving Russia without coming to me and Jason,” he wrote, presumably referring to CNN’s vice president of premium content video, Jason Farkas.

“This applies to social, video, editorial, and MoneyStream. No exceptions,” Barbieri added. “I will lay out a workflow Monday. Thanks.”

CNN published the story on Scaramucci on Thursday and removed it on Friday evening, replacing it with an editor’s note:

 “On June 22, 2017, published a story connecting Anthony Scaramucci with investigations into the Russian Direct Investment Fund,” it read. “That story did not meet CNN’s editorial standards and has been retracted. Links to the story have been disabled. CNN apologizes to Mr. Scaramucci.”

Scaramucci tweeted that he hadn’t done anything wrong, and that it was just part of CNN’s agenda to attack friends and associates of President Trump.

After the apology and retraction Scaramucci thanked CNN for setting the record straight.

CNN did do the right thing by deleting the story and apologizing to Scaramucci, but if they hadn’t been so obsessed with trying to find any evidence of Trump and Russian collusion, they never would have been in this situation to begin with. No wonder so few Americans trust the media.

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