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CNN Backing Off Russia Hysteria?

Written by Joe Scudder

The network is supposedly going to restrict the amount of Russia hysteria its “journalists” publish, because they have been so embarrassed.

Having been forced to retract baseless Russia hysteria, CNN executives are allegedly putting restrictions in place. Is this a serious attempt to correct an ongoing bias? Or is it just face-saving noise that won’t change anything? Time will tell. But it is impossible to say, at this point, if the changes are real. The internal email that gave the order that all Russia stories be first approved by CNN leadership may have been sent out so it could be leaked to the media. We don’t know yet if the rule will be enforced for any length of time.

According to BuzzFeed News, “CNN Is Imposing Strict New Rules on Its Russia Coverage.

CNN is imposing strict new publishing restrictions for online articles involving Russia after the network deleted a story and then issued a retraction late Friday, according to an internal email obtained by BuzzFeed News.

The email went out at 11:21 a.m. on Saturday from Rich Barbieri, the CNNMoney executive editor, saying “No one should publish any content involving Russia without coming to me and Jason [Farkas],” a CNN vice president.

“This applied to social, video, editorial, and MoneyStream. No exceptions,” the email added.

Read the entire BuzzFeed News 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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