A CNN editor instructed employees to seek approval before publishing any reports on Russia after the media outlet was forced to retract a news story that reportedly linked a prominent ally of President Donald Trump to a Russian investment fund managed by a Kremlin-controlled bank.
Rich Barbieri, executive editor of CNN Money, sent out an email on Sunday stating, “No one should publish any content involving Russia without coming to me and [CNN Vice President] Jason [Farkas] first. This applies to social, video, editorial, and MoneyStream. No exceptions. I will lay out a workflow Monday. Thanks.”
The email was first published by BuzzFeed.
CNN President Jeff Zucker. (FTVLive)
The controversial story that was retracted by CNN on Friday connected Trump ally and former member of the transition team’s executive committee, Anthony Scaramucci, with investigations into the Russian Direct Investment Fund.
The news organization posted a statement apologizing for publishing the piece.
CNN stated, “On June 22, 2017, CNN.com published a story connecting Anthony Scaramucci with investigations into the Russian Direct Investment Fund. That story did not meet CNN's editorial standards and has been retracted. Links to the story have been disabled. CNN apologizes to Mr. Scaramucci.”
Scaramucci tweeted in response to the network’s retraction, saying CNN “did the right thing. Classy move. Apology accepted. Everyone makes mistakes. Moving on.”
Scaramucci is an entrepreneur who founded the investment firm SkyBridge Capital. He served on the Presidential Transition Executive Committee after the 2016 presidential election.