C-SPAN Suspends Anti-Trump Debate Moderator Steve Scully “Indefinitely” For Lying About Twitter Hack
Update 1645ET: President Trump was quick to note that this is exactly what he had warned about with regard to Scully and the Debate Commsission:
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C-SPAN has suspended anti-Trump debate moderator Steve Scully indefinitely after he admitted to lying about his Twitter feed being hacked following an awkward incident in which he appeared to accidentally tweet an intended private message to former Trump aide Anthony Scaramucci.
According to AP, Scully’s suspension comes on the day he was set to moderate the now-canceled second presidential debate, which was to be ‘a career highlight for the 30-year C-SPAN veteran’ (and former Biden staffer).
After Scully tweeted “@Scaramucci should I respond to Trump,” Frank Fahrenkopf, co-chairman for the Commission on Presidential Debates relayed Scully’s lie that his Twitter account was hacked. C-SPAN similarly issued a statement, confidently claiming “Steve Scully did not originate the tweet and believes his account has been hacked.”
Shortly after Scully’s ‘hack’ lie was peddled across the MSM by prominent voices, former Hillary Clinton staffer Yashar Ali noted that the C-SPAN veteran had previously blamed hacks twice before.
Scully has apologized for lying. Via AP:
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.”
Scully acknowledged that he let his C-SPAN colleagues down, along with 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 added.
C-SPAN, meanwhile, said: “He understands that he made a serious mistake,” adding “We were very saddened by this news and do not condone his actions.”
In any event, who on the Trump team let this happen in the first place? Scully’s anti-Trump bias has been known for some time.