C-Span Suspends Editor for Lying About Twitter Hack

Headline Roundup October 15th, 2020

C-Span suspended its anchor Steve Scully, who was to moderate the now-canceled second presidential debate, for falsely claiming that his Twitter was hacked last week. Scully claimed that the hacking accounted for a tweet sent from Scully's account asking former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci for advice on how to respond to the President Donald Trump, who recently said he believed Scully is a "never-Trumper" who "worked for Biden at one point." Both C-Span and the Commission for Presidential Debates came to Scully's defense. On Thursday, Scully apologized for lying about the hack.

The story was covered by outlets across the political spectrum, but covered with more prominence by right-rated media. Some voices from the right, including President Donald Trump, pointed to Scully's falsehood as evidence that the debate was rigged in Joe Biden's favor and highlighted Scully's history of claiming his Twitter account had been hacked.

C-Span Suspends Editor for Lying About Twitter Hack

From the Center
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C-Span anchor Steve Scully, who was set to moderate the second presidential debate before it was canceled, was suspended indefinitely by the outlet for falsely claiming that his Twitter account had been hacked.

Mr. Scully, an executive producer and political editor at C-Span, posted a tweet last week directed at former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, asking him whether he should respond to President Trump, who earlier had called Mr. Scully a “never Trumper” in an interview with Fox News.

In a statement released by C-Span Networks Thursday, Mr....

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From the Right
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C-Span host Steve Scully—a former intern for Democrat Joe Biden— reactivated his Twitter account but turned it private after claiming he was hacked when the account appeared to accidentally tweet a direct message from Scully to Trump foe Anthony Scaramucci. Scaramucci is a vocal Biden supporter.

Scully, a Democrat, was widely slammed because the message suggested that he was plotting with Scaramucci to attack President Trump at the now-canceled second presidential debate, which Scully was set to moderate. Many didn’t believe Scully’s claim that his account was hacked because he...

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From the Left
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C-SPAN has suspended longtime political editor and senior executive producer Steve Scully indefinitely for lying that his Twitter feed was hacked last week.

“I falsely claimed that my Twitter account had been hacked. These were both errors in judgment for which I am totally responsible. I ask for [my colleagues’] forgiveness as I try to move forward in a moment of reflection and disappointment in myself,” he said in a statement. A week ago, Scully tweeted, “@Scaramucci should I respond to Trump” when the president attacked the editor as a...

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