Ever since Trump was sworn in as president of the United States, CNN has made it a goal to find some sort of link between his administration and Russia — going to great lengths to create a narrative that lacked evidence to corroborate it.
Well, it seems that after nearly driving everyone in the country crazy with their obsession, and making some rather large reporting blunders, they’ve pulled their investigative team from the story.
According to The Daily Caller,
CNN executives explicitly told their investigative team to stop looking into potential ties between the Trump administration and Russia following a series of high profile reporting errors led that to the resignation of three journalists in June.
Executives transferred all reporting duties associated with the Trump-Russia narrative to CNN’s Washington, D.C. team in the wake of a retracted June report, members of the CNN staff told The New York Times.
The report in question was removed from CNN’s website after the network admitted it could not stand by information that tied then Trump advisor Anthony Scaramucci to a Russian investment bank under Senate sanctions.
CNN’s president, Jeffrey A. Zucker, led an investigation into the mishap and found that the story, written by Pulitzer finalist Thomas Frank, was published over the concerns of CNN’s legal team. The investigation revealed that key aspects of Frank’s reporting were based on one source, who expressed trepidation with how the information was presented before the story went to print, a fact Frank failed to relay to his colleagues.
Perhaps if CNN had stuck closely to the well-established ethics of journalism and put aside their deep desire to see Donald Trump impeached from office, they would’ve provided the American people with actual facts. They also would’ve avoided embarrassment and preserved what was left of their reputation.
It’s a little late for all of that now, obviously.
Only time will tell if CNN has truly learned their lesson and will return to objective journalism — though it doesn’t seem particularly likely.