Fake-team is no more. The CNN TV channel cut its famous investigation department. According to The New York Times, the journalists made a series of blunders and published unverified facts, including about Russia. Now they are strictly prohibited from writing about our country. The management of the TV channel is not commenting on the changes. The latest question is who now in the US will be doing news about Russia? Ekaterina Maximova will tell us. No more political sensations. Now CNN will report about drugs and nature protection.
The US television channel is again at the center of a scandal. The main supplier of "fake news", that's how Donald Trump called it, disbanded its Investigates department. Now famous journalists will write only local stories.
The New York Times Reports: The CNN Investigates made damaging errors, including in the story about the links between Trump and Russia earlier in June, and it directly disturbed the network officials who were already embroiled in the scandal. This is one of those "fake news," about the meeting of the US financier Anthony Scaramucci with the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund Kirill Dmitriev. They allegedly discussed abolishing anti-Russian sanctions during Davos Forum.
The US Senate began an investigation. The meeting indeed took place, a short one, but all that concerns the sanctions turned out to be a fake. Even Donald Trump responded. There are too many errors, even for CNN. The story was removed and they apologized.
On June 22, CNN.com published a story connecting Anthony Scaramucci with investigations into the Russian Direct Investment Fund. The story didn't meet CNN's editorial standards and was retracted. Links to the story have been disabled. CNN apologizes to Mr. Scaramucci. It's noteworthy that they only apologized to Scaramucci, not Dmitriev, although the Russian fund indicated mistakes.
In particular, that Vnesheconombank oversees the RFPI. In addition, an article was written based on the data of only one, unchecked, source. In general, a complete lack of professionalism. How this could Erich Lichtblau write this is unclear. After all, he is a Pulitzer Prize winner. Not surprisingly, immediately after the publication heads flew. He and two other colleagues were fired. But then the reforms involved the whole department. Employees were informed about the changes confidentially. No meetings of official statements.
Now it's strictly forbidden to department's employees to write about the possible contacts of the Trump administration with the Kremlin. From now on, any materials on this subject are dealt with by the Washington division of CNN. Control is at the highest level: every word, every letter is checked by the TV channel's top managers. The remaining team members have resumed publishing, but with a narrower reporting scope; they will focus on less glamorous topics than Mr. Trump's potential ties with Russia, like the opioid crisis and the environment. Will the reform of the Investigates department help get rid of the fake news? If even Pulitzer Prize winners are being fired for mistakes, what can be expected from their less professional colleagues?
Recently, CNN reporters were caught shooting a staged London Muslims protest against radicals. And the whole world laughed at the Ukraine news. In 2014, according to CNN experts this country was somewhere in the Pakistan region. One thing is certain: it will be difficult for the TV channel to restore the lost trust.