Following the deletion and retraction of an article Friday on CNN’s website of a story involving a Russian investment fund and the Trump transition team, the network is placing tough restrictions on stories published that involve Russia, according to BuzzFeed.
BuzzFeed’s deputy news editor Jon Passantino tweeted:
In wake of story retraction, CNNMoney exec editor sends memo to staff mandating all "Russia-related content" must be cleared by him or VP pic.twitter.com/2Y6QMZj1h5
— Jon Passantino (@passantino) June 25, 2017
The article, which was posted on Thursday and deleted Friday, claimed that the Senate Intelligence Committee was investigating a $10 million Russian investment fund whose chief met with a member of Donald Trump’s transition team after he was elected but before he was sworn in.
BuzzFeed reported that an email went out late Saturday morning from CNNMoney executive editor Rich Barbieri, saying, “No one should publish any content involving Russia without coming to me and Jason [a CNN vice president]. This applied to social, video, editorial, and MoneyStream. No exceptions. I will lay out a workflow Monday.”
CNN didn’t immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
The article in question mentioned a single unnamed source who claimed that the committee was looking into a meeting that took place with the transition team “four days before Trump’s inauguration.”
CNN deleted the story and issued the following retraction:
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) June 24, 2017
Scaramucci responded, tweeting, “.@CNN did the right thing. Classy move. Apology accepted. Everyone makes mistakes. Moving on.”
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) June 24, 2017