Trump on CNN Retraction: ‘What About All the Other Phony Stories They Do?’
President Trump blasted CNN early Tuesday after the network retracted a story published last week tying a top Trump ally to a Russian investment bank.
“Wow, CNN had to retract big story on ‘Russia,’ with 3 employees forced to resign,” Trump tweeted.
“What about all the other phony stories they do? FAKE NEWS!”
Wow, CNN had to retract big story on "Russia," with 3 employees forced to resign. What about all the other phony stories they do? FAKE NEWS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 2017
The president’s comments come after three CNN staffers resigned following the network’s retraction.
Thomas Frank, the author of the story, Eric Lichtblau, an editor in the CNN investigative unit that ran the story, and Lex Haris, who oversaw the unit, have all left CNN, the network reported Monday.
The retracted story connected Anthony Scaramucci, a top proponent of Trump, to a Russian investment fund run by a bank controlled by the Kremlin.
“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 normal editorial processes weren’t followed in the stories editing and publication.
Trump often hits on CNN and refers to stories from the network as “fake news.”
Trump early Tuesday also retweeted a modified image of the network’s logo that refers to CNN as FNN, or the Fake News Network.
So if Trump wants to play the morality game, when is he or his staff going to resign over the phony stories he pushed? Because by the time of this article we’ve cataloged 312 complete lies from Trump since his campaign began.
Some examples of phony stories by Trump include:
- Claiming his inauguration crowd sizes were the largest of all-time.
- Claiming Barack Obama “wiretapped” him.
- Claiming he had “tapes” of his private conversation with James Comey where he asked to drop the FBI’s Russia investigation.
- Claiming at various rallies and in interviews for over four months that he donated $1 million dollars to veterans charities, cutting a check only when a journalist uncovered his lie.
- Claiming he did not personally know reporter Serge Kovaleski, after telling people “Now the poor guy, you should see this guy,” then mocked his disability.
- Claiming “thousands and thousands” of people in New Jersey cheered during the 9/11 terror attacks.
- Claiming President Barack Obama was born in Kenya.
You can take the high road and resign at any time.