CNN retracts Russia conspiracy hit piece; Proof of fake news?

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On Friday, Breitbart.com reported that the anti-Trump propaganda outlet CNN published a hit piece disguised as a news article alleging an investigation into a Russian investment fund with ties to several senior finance world leaders close to President Trump.  There’s only one problem, Breitbart said.

“Both Trump administration officials and those close to Senate GOP leadership say it’s simply untrue,” Breitbart reported.

As a result, CNN retracted the story:

According to Breitbart:

The retraction is a complete cave by a network that is notorious for trying to pick fights with President Trump and his allies. President Trump has identified CNN as a “very fake news” network. It comes on the heels of Breitbart News reporting on the inaccurate CNN hit piece, citing senior administration officials and sources close to Senate GOP leadership.

The thrust of CNN’s inaccurate piece, which is no longer available online, was a demonstrably untrue allegation that the Senate Intelligence Committee and Treasury Department were probing a Russian investment fund with ties to senior Trump allies like Anthony Scaramucci.

Using a single anonymous source, CNN wrote:

The source said the Senate intelligence committee is investigating the Russian fund in connection with its examination of discussions between White House adviser Jared Kushner and the head of a prominent Russian bank. The bank, Vnesheconombank, or VEB, oversees the fund, which has ties to several Trump advisers. Both the bank and the fund have been covered since 2014 by sanctions restricting U.S. business dealings.

Moreover, Breitbart said that a source close to Senate GOP leadership confirmed the allegation was bogus and politically motivated by Democrats.

“This is nothing besides Democrats trying to frustrate the efforts of President Trump’s administration while Elizabeth Warren and those of her ilk spend their days collecting taxpayer funded paychecks while they do nothing but stand in the way of the progress of the American agenda and are responsible for this nonsense. They should put their names on it if they want to waste taxpayer money on it,” the source told Breitbart.

The retraction by CNN was, to many, proof that the network deals in fake news:

Incidents like this, by the way, are the reason CNN is now seen as the least-trusted name in cable news

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