Three CNN journalists resign after network retracts story

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In a new undercover video, a CNN producer is caught on tape admitting that CNN's obsessions with Donald Trump and Russian Federation are due to chasing ratings from their liberal audience. "Ratings way down!" Trump tweeted, following a series of retweets for "Fox & Friends" on the rival Fox News network. A photo of various news media logos, including the ones Trump mentioned in his tweet, lay above a caption entitled "fake news" alongside a photo of a tiny device with the caption "a hidden camera". "Those are the facts".

FILE - In this January 13, 2017 file photo, Anthony Scaramucci, a senior adviser to President-elect Donald Trump, talks to reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower in NY.

But several network officials were caught off-guard when the story appeared online, the people said, signaling that it had not received the proper approvals. She called stories about Russian Federation and Trump "a hoax" that is distracting from other news.

By Saturday morning, Scaramucci seemed appeased, and lauded CNN's retraction. The network also apologized to Anthony Scaramucci. News organisations typically issue corrections for errors, but CNN did far more: It apologised for it, removed it from its website, and accepted the resignations of those involved in producing it. Resignations are usually reserved for plagiarism or worse journalistic offences.

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Recently, CNN reported in advance of former FBI Director James Comey's Senate testimony that the embattled former FBI chief would contradict Trump's claims that Comey had told him that he wasn't a target of the probe.

Haris, in a statement to CNN's "Reliable Sources", noted that he'd been with CNN since 2001, "and am sure about one thing: This is a news organization that prizes accuracy and fairness above all else. I certainly don't think that you would get arguments from us if there were retractions from outlets on fake stories", White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said, answering to a reporter's question during a media briefing on Tuesday.

Earlier, Mr Scaramucci had described CNN's decision to retract the story and apologise as "classy move", saying he was moving on after the incident.

Trump has long had a contentious relationship with the media. CNN is getting excellent ratings from this, even though it is not real news it is generating a lot of money for CNN. "And the CEO of CNN (Jeff Zucker) said in our internal meeting, he said good job everybody covering the climate accords, but we're done with that, let's get back to Russian Federation".

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