Moderator for Canceled Debate Suspended After Admitting He Lied About His Twitter Being Hacked

Posted: Oct 15, 2020 4:05 PM

C-SPAN has suspended Steve Scully, a political editor for the network, after he admitted he lied when he claimed that his Twitter account was hacked when it appeared he was trying to message Anthony Scaramucci on if he should respond to President Trump's criticisms.

In a statement released by C-SPAN, Scully said he was frustrated after being "subjected to relentless criticism on social media and in conservative news outlets" after questions were raised on if he could be a fair moderator since he had interned for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

"Out of frustration, I sent a brief tweet addressed to Anthony Scaramucci. The next morning when I saw this tweet had created a new controversy, I falsely claimed that my Twitter account had been hacked," Scully explained. "These were both errors in judgment for which I am totally responsible. I apologize."

He went on to ask for forgiveness from his colleagues at C-SPAN and the Commission on Presidential Debates "as I try to move forward in a moment of reflection and disappointment in myself."

In their new statement, C-SPAN said Scully admitted lying to them late Wednesday.

"We were very saddened by this news and do not condone his actions," the outlet said, but adding, "After some distance from this episode, we believe in his ability to continue to contribute to C-SPAN."

C-SPAN issued an initial statement after the tweet went viral that asserted Scully did not send the tweet to Scaramucci. The CPD also said the tweet did not come from Scully.

Trump tweeted he "was right again" in response to the news.

"Having a debate moderator lie to try to explain away a tweet that revealed his anti-Trump slant is bad, but it is far from the biggest problem with the biased Commission on Presidential Debates. Filled with pro-Biden Democrats and anti-Trump ‘Republicans,’ the commission has done the bidding of Joe Biden every step of the way and protected him at every turn. There was no medical reason the candidates could not be on stage together tonight in Miami for the second debate, but instead, they will be holding separate town halls. Everything the commission has done has been to benefit Joe Biden," Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh said in a statement. "Nevertheless, President Trump will be in Nashville on October 22, ready to debate Biden and beat him for a second time."

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