FAKE HACK: C-SPAN Suspended Steve Scully after admitting he LIED about his Twitter account being hacked
No day goes by without headlines about hacking. However, not all hacking reports are true. An example is Steve Scully, a senior executive producer, and political editor at C-SPAN. Scully had been selected by Federal Election Commission on Presidential Debates to moderate the town hall-style debate that was supposed to take place today, October 15, 2020.
Last week Thursday, the President criticized Scully calling him a “never Trumper.” In response, Scully sent a tweet to Scaramucci, a former Trump communications director and now a critic of the president, advised Scully to ignore him. Scully tweet read: “@Scaramucci should I respond to Trump.” The tweet later became public and went viral. The following day, Scully denied posting the tweet. Instead, Scully said his Twitter account was hacked. However, it turned out that Scully had lied.
Today, C-SPAN announced it has suspended its Steve Scully indefinitely after he admitted to lying about his Twitter feed being hacked when he was confronted about a questionable exchange with former Trump aide Anthony Scaramucci. C-SPAN said Scully has placed on “administrative leave” for lying about being hacked earlier this month.
In a statement, Scully said:
““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 said. “Out of frustration, I sent a brief tweet addressed to Anthony Scaramucci. The next morning when I saw that this tweet had created a new controversy, I falsely claimed my Twitter account had been hacked. These were both errors in judgment for which I am totally responsible for. I apologize.”
Scully: "Out of frustration, I sent a brief tweet addressed to Anthony Scaramucci. The next morning when I saw that this tweet had created a new controversy, I falsely claimed that my Twitter account had been hacked." pic.twitter.com/SNb1pCFjST
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) October 15, 2020