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Sean Hannity calls for CNN’s Zucker to be fired in wake of fake news scandal

On Monday, Fox News talker Sean Hannity accused CNN President Jeff Zucker of destroying the network with fake news and called for him to be fired, Breitbart.com reported.

https://twitter.com/seanhannity/status/879491360918786048

According to Breitbart:

Hannity made the call just hours after it was announced that three employees including the executive editor of a new investigative unit resigned after CNN was forced to retract an article connecting a Russian investment firm to associates of President Trump.

CNN’s Brian Stelter reported that Thomas Frank, the author of the piece, editor Eric Lichtblau, and editor Lex Haris had all left CNN in the wake of the scandal after an internal investigation. The retraction came after a Breitbart News investigation highlighting inaccuracies and flaws in the piece. CNN quickly deleted the story and eventually replaced it with an editor’s note.

Senior figures at the network also placed a freeze on Russia-related stories, telling employees that they had to be run through members of senior management before going live.

The brouhaha led Hannity to call for Zucker’s firing, as he cited Breitbart’s reporting of the scandal.

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https://twitter.com/seanhannity/status/879491360918786048

Here’s video of Hannity’s Monday program.  The relevant part starts at about the 32:19 mark:

He also sent a tweet to Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta, telling him to tell “soon-to-be-fired” Zucker to watch his show on Fox News Channel, adding: “I have a message!”

https://twitter.com/seanhannity/status/879493730805448706

Making matters worse, a CNN producer was caught on video admitting the network’s Russia narrative is “BS” intended to increase ratings.

https://twitter.com/seanhannity/status/879497474536333313

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