C-SPAN has suspended political editor Steve Scully indefinitely after he admitted that he lied about a Twitter hack, reported Fox News. Scully claimed his Twitter account had been hacked after a message he sent to former Trump aide Anthony Scaramucci, now a Trump adversary had emerged.
Scully had been a lock to moderate the now-canceled town hall between President Trump and Joe Biden, and his tweet to Scaramucci, the former White House communications director, indicated bias against the president.
“@Scaramucci should I respond to trump,” Scully wrote in the now-deleted tweet. Scaramucci responded by telling Scully, “Ignore. He is having a hard enough time. Some more bad stuff about to go down.”
Scully’s credibility as an unbiased debate moderator came under the spotlight when it became known the host of “Washington Journal,” was an intern in the office of Sen. Joseph R. Biden (D-Del.), and later a staff assistant in Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s (D-Mass.) communication office.
During the 2016 campaign, Scully shared a New York Times op-ed headlined, “No, Not Trump, Not Ever.”
In an interview Scully did in early September, he put forward the idea he would, as a moderator, “be fair, across the board. The town hall meeting is unique because it’s really more of a facilitator role, but to listen carefully, to follow up, to make sure that the president, that Joe Biden … follow the rules, that they don’t filibuster.”
After confessing to lying about the supposed Twitter hack, Scully was suspended from C-SPAN, and he issued this statement. “For several weeks, I was subjected to relentless criticism on social media and in conservative news outlets regarding my role as moderator for the second presidential debate, including attacks aimed directly at my family,” Scully wrote. “This culminated on Thursday, October 8th when I heard President Trump go on national television twice and falsely attack me by name. Out of frustration, I sent a brief tweet addressed to Anthony Scaramucci. The next morning when I saw that this tweet had created a controversy, I falsely claimed that my Twitter account had been hacked.”
“These were both errors in judgment for which I am totally responsible. I apologize,” Scully said. He continued, “These actions have let down a lot of people, including my colleagues at C-SPAN, where I have worked for the past 30 years, professional colleagues in the media, and the team at the Commission on Presidential Debates. I ask for their forgiveness as I try to move forward in a moment of reflection and disappointment in myself.”
President Trump noted Scully’s suspension on Twitter.
“I was right again!” the president exclaimed. “Steve Scully just admitted he was lying about his Twitter being hacked. The Debate was Rigged! He was suspended from @cspan indefinitely. The Trump Campaign was not treated fairly by the ‘Commission’. Did I show good instincts in being the first to know?”
I was right again! Steve Scully just admitted he was lying about his Twitter being hacked. The Debate was Rigged! He was suspended from @cspan indefinitely. The Trump Campaign was not treated fairly by the “Commission”. Did I show good instincts in being the first to know?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 15, 2020
Joe Concha, a reporter for The Hill, questioned if the CPD’s decision to scrap the second debate so quickly had anything to do with Scully’s false claim.
“One thought on the Scully suspension after lying about getting hacked. The Presidential Debates Commission was very quick to cancel the second debate that would have watched by 70-75 million. No effort was made to find an alternative date. Question is if Scully impacted decision,” Concha tweeted.
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