CNN’s ‘Massive’ Error on Russia? No Time For It on ‘Reliable Sources’

CNN’s media unit has an enormous black hole in its review of the media world: CNN. On Friday, CNN retracted an online story making unsubstantiated claims about the Russian ties of Trump adviser Anthony Scaramucci. Jon Passantino at Buzzfeed reported on Sunday a crackdown on CNN reporting on Russia to prevent future mistakes. 

So how much time did Stelter have for this story on his show Reliable Sources on Sunday? Nothing. Instead, Stelter spent more than five minutes hate-analyzing Fox & Friends as a Trump infomercial. He spent about ten and a half minutes indulging "TV legend" Phil Donahue. He even closed the show with four minutes allegedly about Russia — but his guest Masha Gessen basically fed back Stelter his favorite talking point that Trump is an "aspiring autocrat" who’s shutting down access to the press: "We’re definitely hurtling towards a closed system of government…"

Here’s what Buzzfeed reported: 

CNN is imposing strict new publishing restrictions for online articles involving Russia after the network deleted a story and then issued a retraction late Friday, according to an internal email obtained by BuzzFeed News.

The email went out at 11:21 a.m. on Saturday from Rich Barbieri, the CNNMoney executive editor, saying "No one should publish any content involving Russia without coming to me and Jason [Farkas]," a CNN vice president.

"This applied to social, video, editorial, and MoneyStream. No exceptions," the email added. "I will lay out a workflow Monday."

The new restrictions also apply to other areas of the network — not just CNNMoney, which wasn’t involved with the article that was deleted and retracted.

A source close to the network, who requested anonymity to discuss the matter, told BuzzFeed News earlier that the story was a "massive, massive f—up and people will be disciplined." [Emphasis mine.] The person said CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker and the head of the company’s human resources department are "directly involved" in an internal investigation examining how the story was handled.

It’s not like Stelter was unaware of the CNN retraction. He tweeted that on Saturday morning:


On Sunday night in his e-mail newsletter, Stelter spent about 230 words on the "massive" mess-up: 

On Friday evening fully retracted a story after questions were raised about the accuracy of the reporting and sourcing. The story, by Thomas Frank of the investigative unit, said Congress was investigating a "Russian investment fund with ties to Trump officials." It didn’t get TV airtime, but it was shared on the web, where it was spotted and scrutinized by Breitbart.
On Friday night the story was replaced by an editor’s note: "That story did not meet CNN’s editorial standards and has been retracted. Links to the story have been disabled." The editor’s note included an apology to Trump ally Anthony Scaramucci, who was named in the story. The next morning Scaramucci responded via Twitter: "CNN did the right thing. Classy move. Apology accepted. Everyone makes mistakes. Moving on." Some prominent conservative figures, like Donald Trump Jr. and Sean Hannity, seized on the story as an example of anti-Trump bias and anonymous source malfeasance…
An embarrassing moment for CNN
The truth is, there’s still a lot we don’t know. On Saturday and Sunday I asked CNN PR for details and comment. A network spokeswoman declined to comment as of Sunday evening.
My take: I sometimes complain to my editors about the layers of editing and oversight that exist at CNN. But these processes exist for good reasons. Determining what went wrong this time will help prevent future damage to the news organization… [Emphasis in the original.]
Perhaps Stelter should try to be as upset at his poor access to his own network’s executives as he is to the media’s poor access to Trump. 

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Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Punching His Infant Daughter to Death

Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Punching His Infant Daughter to Death
by Katherine Rodriguez3 Jul 20170 3 Jul, 2017
3 Jul, 2017

A judge sentenced a Minnesota man Monday to 25 years behind bars for punching his infant daughter to death because he was irritated by the baby noises she made.
The judge handed down the 25-year sentence for second-degree murder to 21-year-old Cory Morris despite his claim that “he did not know what he was doing” and therefore could not be held responsible for his daughter’s death, the Daily Mail reported.

Morris, of Minneapolis, was arrested in August 2016 after he punched his four-month-old daughter Emersyn Morris 22 times before he told the baby’s mother and grandmother what he did and called 911.
Police and EMTs arrived at the scene to find Morris with his hands covered in blood and his shirt stained with blood.
A criminal complaint obtained by CBS Minnesota states that there was blood splattered on the floor and wall by the changing table inside the baby’s room.
Paramedics found Emersyn lying unconscious on the nursery’s changing table and performed CPR on her before taking her to Hennepin County Medical Center, where she died as a result of blunt force trauma to her face and chest.

Morris told officers that he was in charge of taking care of his daughter while Emersyn’s mother went to her job as a personal care assistant.
He said that the four-month-old began making baby noises while he was watching television. When he heard the noises, he took her out of the baby swing and carried her to the changing table in her bedroom.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said once the infant was on the changing table, Morris punched the baby in the face with a closed fist 15 times, hit her in the chest seven times, and squeezed her by the chest with both hands “to quiet her.”
Jennifer Andersen, Morris’s girlfriend, tried to get in contact with him all day but did not receive a response.
Anderson finally reached Morris at 4:45 p.m. when he responded that he was “going to jail” for what he did to their baby.

Andersen told investigators that Morris suffered from mood swings, grabbed her, and threw things in the past.
Cory Morris’s mother also noted that Morris had issues with anxiety and depression.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Morris told authorities after his arrest that he suffered from schizophrenia and “heard voices.”
Morris’s relatives, including his girlfriend, tried to seek mental health treatment for him before the incident happened, KSTP reported.
A judge found Morris guilty of killing the infant in April, but the court still had to decide whether he was responsible for the death, because of he claimed he had no idea what he was doing when the murder occurred.

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Russian MOD confirms agreement on E. Ghouta safe zone signed, borders established

The agreements on functioning of Eastern Ghouta de-escalation zone in Syria have been signed, the Russian Ministry of Defense said on Saturday.
The agreements, which were signed in Cairo, Egypt, define borders of the de-escalation zone and locations of control powers, according to the statement.
"These documents define the borders of the de-escalation zone, the deployment sites and powers of the de-escalation control forces, as well as the routes for delivering humanitarian aid and clear passage to the population," the ministry said.
The ministry noted that the first humanitarian convoy to the Eastern Ghouta de-escalation zone is expected in nearest time. It will be followed by the evacuation of wounded civilians for East Ghouta.
The documents have been signed in the development of the Astana agreements with the mediation of the Egyptian side, it added.


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