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CNN Retracts Fake News Story

Written by Joe Scudder

Within a day of posting an explosive fake news story connecting Donald Trump and the Russians, CNN removed it.

The good news about this fake news story is that CNN made a retraction. But the fact that if got published at all demonstrates how hungry the mainstream media is for any story linking the Trump Presidency to the Russians and Vladimir Putin. So, if we do see a similar story purporting to prove such a connection, the wise thing to do would be to wait and see if it holds up.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports, “CNN deletes, retracts story linking Trump and Russia.

On Thursday evening, CNN investigative reporter Thomas Frank published a potentially explosive report involving an investigation of a Russian investment fund with potential ties to several associates of President Donald Trump.

But by Friday night, the story was removed from CNN’s website and all links were scrubbed from the network’s social media accounts.

“That story did not meet CNN’s editorial standards and has been retracted,” CNN said in an editor’s note posted in place of the story. “Links to the story have been disabled.”


Frank, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist, had reported that the Senate Intelligence Committee was investigating a “$10-billion Russian investment fund whose chief executive met with a member of President Donald Trump’s transition team four days before Trump’s inauguration.”

Read the rest of the Philadelphia Inquirer story.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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