CNN Claps Back at Trump Over Ratings Diss

  • CNN Claps Back at Trump Over Ratings Diss

CNN Claps Back at Trump Over Ratings Diss

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday blasted CNN after its three staffers resigned over a retracted story connecting a top Trump proponent to a Russian investment fund.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves as he is introduced during the CNN presidential debate at The Venetian Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, on December 15, 2015.

The story depended on the statements of one anonymous congressional official, and CNN said Friday that it did not meet the outlet's editorial standards.

In the aftermath of the retraction of a story published on, CNN has accepted the resignations of the employees involved in the story's publication.

On Monday, Frank turned in his resignation to CNN, as did editor Eric Lichtblau and unit head Lex Haris.

Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., suggested in an interview with Breitbart News that "maybe Jeff Zucker should do an on-camera briefing about CNN's fake news scandal before the White House does any more of them".

CNN has been a frequent target in Trump's tweets, which have described the network as everything from "unwatchable" to "the worst".

Trump has made CNN one of his biggest mainstream media targets, unleashing particular aggression on its stories and journalists while dismissing them as "fake news". A CNN biography lists Bonifield as a producer for the network's medical unit, with no indication that he's involved in political coverage. "Everyone makes mistakes. Moving on", Scaramucci responded via Twitter.

The CNN story was about a supposed investigation into a pre-inaugural meeting between a Trump associate and the head of a Russian investment fund.

James O'Keefe of Project Veritas said that "to report not on facts, but instead on narratives that yield high ratings, is exactly the definition of fake news". However, the story ultimately ended up being retracted by CNN, followed by three eminent journalists that were covering the news piece, leaving the organization. And according to BuzzFeed, which obtained a leaked memo, CNN is instituting stricter guidelines for publication of Russian Federation stories in the wake of the retraction and resignation.

The article was posted on CNN's website on Thursday before being pulled on Friday. It was determined that the story was posted without going through the expected checks and balances for a story of such sensitivity, the executive said.

Thomas Frank, author of the article, was among those that CNN said resigned.

He explained that ratings motivate CNN's focus on the Russian Federation story. He also says that Trump is "probably right" to describe the media's focus on Russia's ties to his administration as a "witch hunt".