This is a lesson in social media gone totally wrong. Steve Scully has admitted to lying about a hacked tweet and has been indefinitely suspended from C-SPAN. Scully was the political editor slated to be the second presidential debate moderator, who found himself in a lot of hot water when he openly tweeted Anthony Scaramucci, the former White House Communications Director.
Scaramucci, who served for only 11 days in the Trump administration, has been openly critical about the president since parting ways with the White House in July 2017. When Scully, a former intern for Joe Biden, tweeted Scaramucci ahead of the second debate, it caused a political ruckus and confirmed to some that he was too openly biased to moderate a presidential debate.
The tweet, perhaps, was meant to be a direct message. It could also have been a social media impulsive oops. But neither of those excuses were used by Scully who instead blamed the tweet as one he did not create. In other words, he claimed his Twitter account was hacked. To some this seemed plausible as other notable, high profile Twitter accounts, like those of Barack Obama and Joe Biden, were hacked to hock bitcoin earlier this year. It even worked for MSNBC’s Joy Reid when she was accused of anti-LGBT blog posts.
However, hacking to send only one message directed to only Anthony Scaramucci didn’t pass the hack smell test and C-SPAN investigated. The good news is that all is resolved. Steve Scully has admitting to lying about being hacked and revealed that he did send the tweet because he was frustrated that Trump had questioned his bias as scheduled debate moderator.
Scully never expected any bias blowback and made up the hacking story. C-SPAN, in response to this punitive action, released the following response:
Now let the pile-on begin and let CNN’s Brian Stelter lead the way, horrified that Scully’s action has sullied mainstream media’s reputation.