3 Journalists Leaving CNN After Retracted Article

3 Journalists Leaving CNN After Retracted Article


Three CNN journalists, including the executive editor in charge of a new investigative unit, have resigned after the publication of a Russia-related article that was retracted. Thomas Frank, who wrote the story in question; Eric Lichtblau, an editor in the unit; and Lex Haris, who oversaw the unit, have all left CNN. (CNN)

The piece, published late last week, cited an anonymous source saying the Senate Intelligence Committee was looking into the chief executive of a $10-billion Russian investment fund who met with financier Anthony Scaramucci before the inauguration. (Politico / On Media)

Frank, an on-air reporter for CNN Investigates, and Lichtblau are veteran print reporters who joined CNN amid the expansion of the cable news powerhouse’s digital news operations. Haris had been with CNN since 2001, and was recently tapped to lead its newly formed investigative unit. Lichtblau, who earned a Pulitzer Prize for his work at The New York Times in 2006, came to CNN as an editor just a few months ago. (Variety)

“In the aftermath of the retraction of a story published on CNN.com, CNN has accepted the resignations of the employees involved in the story’s publication,” a spokesman said Monday. An internal CNN investigation reportedly found that normal editorial processes weren’t followed in the story’s editing and publication. Only one anonymous source was used in the story, and typical parts of CNN’s workflow, such as fact checkers, were reportedly not utilized before publication. (The Hill)

The article was published on CNN’s website; it also was shared on CNN’s social media platforms. It did not air on CNN. In a staff meeting Monday afternoon, investigative unit members were told the retraction did not mean the facts of the story were necessarily wrong. (Deadline)


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