C-SPAN suspends editor Steve Scully after he lied about Twitter hack

by Jordyn Pair · Oct 16th, 2020 10:05 am

Last Updated Oct 20th, 2020 at 8:22 am

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

Scully had been confronted after a questionable exchange with Anthony Scaramucci, a former aide to President Trump. The president had criticized Scully as a "never Trumper," prompting the editor to tweet, "@Scaramucci should I respond to Trump."

The former communications director for Trump told Scully to ignore the president. After Scully's tweet received backlash, he originally claimed that his Twitter account had been hacked.

He admitted on Wednesday that was false, C-SPAN said.

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

Scully, who was suspended on Thursday, said he had let down his colleagues at C-SPAN, other journalists, and the debate commission. Scully was originally slated to lead the second presidential debate.

"I ask for their forgiveness as I try to move forward in a moment of reflection and disappointment in myself," he said.

C-SPAN suspended Scully on Thursday.

"He understands that he made a serious mistake," the network said. "We were very saddened by this news and do not condone his actions."

Trump said on Thursday the admission was proof the debate had been rigged.


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