Leaked CNN Memo: Top Execs to Review All ‘Russia Related Content’ Before Publishing
Executive Editor Rich Barbieri sent an internal memo to CNN staff instructing them that all Russia-related stories must be cleared by him or the VP before being published following a retraction of a very fake news story linking the Trump transition team to Russia.
Breitbart News reports:
CNNMoney Executive Editor Rich Barbieri has sent an internal memo to all staff instructing them that all Russia-related stories must be cleared by him or another high-ranking executive, following a Breitbart News investigation which forced the retraction of a fake news story claiming the U.S. Senate was investigating an associate of President Donald Trump for alleged ties to Russia.
BuzzFeed’s Deputy News Director Jon Passantino tweeted a screenshot of a leaked internal memo from Barbieri to CNN staff instructing them that all future Russia-related stories must be cleared by him or the VP of Premium Content Video, Jason Farkas. The email, which was sent at 11:21 AM on Saturday, reads, “No one should publish any content involving Russia without coming to me and Jason [Farkas].” The memo continues, “This applied to social, video, editorial, and MoneyStream. No exceptions. I will lay out a workflow Monday.”
Very Fake News CNN was forced to retract the story after being called out for deleting the story:
— CNN (@CNN) June 24, 2017
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