Carlson also pointed to that and another story involving former FBI Director James Comey on which CNN was forced to backtrack and noted it was a theme of the network's biased coverage of the president. I did nothing wrong. "They like hitting friends of @potus who are loyal advocates on his behalf". "I've been with CNN since 2001, and am sure about one thing: This is a news organization that prizes accuracy and fairness above all else". Classy move. Apology accepted. "Apology accepted. Everyone makes mistakes".
Now for the consequences.
Frank worked for USA Today and Newsday for three decades before coming to work at CNN.
This breakdown in editorial workflow disturbed the CNN executives who learned about it.
Mr Scaramucci, in the story, said he exchanged pleasantries in a restaurant with Mr Dmitriev.
In an internal email leaked to Buzzfeed, CNNMoney Executive Editor Rich Berbieri wrote that no CNN affiliated unit "should publish any content involving Russian Federation without coming to me and Jason [Farkas]", a CNN vice president. Conspiracy theories just link different elements that appear to have some kind of relationship and turn that it into a story. The Scaramucci story was Lichtblau's second story in as many months which turned out to be untrue, forcing CNN to issue embarrassing retractions.
CNN Money reports that the story facts were not disputed during a staff meeting Monday afternoon.
But by Friday the story was scrubbed by CNN's website.
The event is a cataclysm accentuated by the peculiar bind in which the 24-7 network has found itself.
President Trump has called CNN "very fake news" for their strategy of running anonymous or poorly sourced stories against the administration. Trump fans everywhere have taken up the fight, hammering the network every time it equivocates or otherwise over-reports the Russia-Trump line of inquiry.