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    C-SPAN suspends Scully after he admits to lie about hack

    C-SPAN suspends Scully after he admits to lie about hack



    By DAVID BAUDER AP Media Writer
    October 15, 2020 03:37 PM




    C-SPAN suspended its political editor Steve Scully indefinitely after he admitted to lying about having his Twitter account hacked. A week ago, when Scully was questioned about a message he had sent to former Trump aide Anthony Scaramucci seeking advice, Scully claimed that someone had gotten into his account and done that. Ron Edmonds AP

    NEW YORKC-SPAN suspended its political editor Steve Scully indefinitely Thursday after he admitted to lying about his Twitter feed being hacked when he was confronted about a questionable exchange with former Trump aide Anthony Scaramucci.

    The news came on the day of what was supposed to be a career highlight for the 30-year C-SPAN veteran. Scully was to moderate the second debate between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden, which was canceled after Trump would not agree to a virtual format because of his COVID-19 diagnosis.

    A week ago, after Trump had criticized him as a “never Trumper," Scully tweeted “@Scaramucci should I respond to Trump.” Scaramucci, a former Trump communications director and now a critic of the president, advised Scully to ignore him.

    Scully said that when he saw his tweet had created a controversy, “I falsely claimed that my Twitter account had been hacked.”

    He had been frustrated by Trump's comments and several weeks of criticism on social media and conservative news outlets about his role as moderator, including attacks directed at his family, he said.

    “These were both errors in judgement for which I am totally responsible for,” Scully said. “I apologize.”

    He said he let down his colleagues at C-SPAN, fellow news professionals and the debate commission. “I ask for their forgiveness as I try to move forward in a moment of reflection and disappointment in myself,” he said.

    C-SPAN said Scully confessed to lying about the hack on Wednesday.
    “He understands that he made a serious mistake,” the network said. “We were very saddened by this news and do not condone his actions.”

    The debate commission did not immediately return a message seeking comment.


    Scully has led the network's presidential election coverage since 1992, but the suspension means he won't be part of C-SPAN's election night programming. Scully has been the moderator of “Washington Journal,” the weekly call-in program, and regularly hosted other C-SPAN programs.

    The network said Scully has consistently demonstrated fairness and professionalism, and built a reservoir of good will.

    “After some distance from this episode, we believe in his ability to continue to contribute to C-SPAN,” the network said.


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    In my opinion, The Presidential Debate Commission and debate moderators have been shown to be unfair and one sided in their words and actions toward the President. Questions posed in general by moderators do little to illuminate either candidate's policy views.

    The moderator for the final debate has reportedly deleted her Twitter.
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    BREAKING: CSPAN Suspends Steve Scully Indefinitely for Lying About His Twitter Account Being Hacked

    October 15, 2020

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    C-SPAN has suspended political editor Steve Scully indefinitely after he admitted that he lied about his Twitter feed being hacked.

    Scully had been gearing up to moderate a now-canceled presidential debate until a tweet sent from his account showed him reaching out to former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci for advice about what to ask President Trump. It appeared he was trying to direct message him, but sent a tweet publicly instead.





    Initially, Scully claimed that he was a victim of a hack, but that just wasn’t true. He has now admitted that “I sent a brief tweet addressed to Anthony Scaramucci. The next morning when I saw that this tweet had created a new controversy, I falsely claimed that my Twitter account had been hacked.”



    C-SPAN originally stood by Scully, claiming in a statement that he “did not originate the tweet” in question. In a new statement published on Thursday, the station said that “Starting immediately, we have placed Steve on administrative leave. After some distance from this episode, we believe in his ability to contribute to C-SPAN.”


    President Trump was quick to call it out as well, tweeting “the Never Trumper next debate moderator, got caught cold. Pulled out the old, “I’ve been hacked”, line. That never works. His bosses are furious at him as he’s lost all credibility!”


    Many have pointed out that this was not Scully’s first time claiming he had been hacked, including Donald Trump Jr.


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