Well, Steve Scully's 'I Was Hacked' Defense for Unprofessional Trump Tweet Just Got Shredded

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Posted: Oct 10, 2020 3:47 AM
Well, Steve Scully's 'I Was Hacked' Defense for Unprofessional Trump Tweet Just Got Shredded

Source: AP Photo/Julio Cortez

The second presidential debate is done. It’s canceled. They wanted to do it virtually—and didn’t tell the Trump campaign about these tweaks first. Trump refused. Yet, before that development, this contest was heading for rocky shoals. The moderator for the second debate was C-SPAN’s Steve Scully. He’s the network’s political editor and was a former intern for Joe Biden. He shared an anti-Trump New York Times op-ed in his feed and then was caught asking former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, who has now turned against the president, for advice on Twitter. Cortney wrote about it yesterday:

C-SPAN host Steve Scully was poised to moderate the second presidential debate on October 15. Conservatives had their concerns about him, considering he once interned for then-Sen. Joe Biden and has posted party pictures with 

So, with Scully already on the watch list of Trump supporters, imagine how they erupted when he tweeted out a strange question for former White House press secretary turned Trump enemy Anthony Scaramucci," should I respond to the president?"

The tweet disappeared in a matter of hours, but the negative coverage didn't. And now critics are demanding he resign.

Supposedly, this was not him. Get this—he was hacked. That was Scully’s excuse for this unseemly interaction. His account was nuked for a bit, but then came back. It’s now back, but his tweets are protected. Yeah, well, even Politico noted Scully’s past tweets that shred the "I was hacked" defense. This isn’t the first time Scully has stepped on a landmine and used this as an excuse (via Politico):

It's not the first time that Scully has used the excuse to disavow posts in his name, having done so at least twice in the past.

"I apologize for some earlier TWEETS...account was hacked...those tweets did not come from me. Thanks all for alerting me," he wrote in March 2013.

"I apologize for Saturday's tweets regarding weight loss, etc. I still have my day job at C-SPAN...darn those hackers. Have a great Sunday" Scully wrote in May 2012.

Hacking has been used as a frequent explanation for public figures defending actions online. Former California Rep. Katie Hill invoked it earlier this week after her old congressional Twitter account posted messages purportedly sent by “Katie’s former staff” blasting the forthcoming film adaptation of her memoir.

Oh, Katie Hill—I could venture there, but that’s for another time. Hell, just journey over to our sister site, RedState, to take a trip down memory lane on that one; you can thank Jen Van Laar.

But back to Scully, he has to know that no one believes this. The debate is off, so this should simmer down eventually, but what a train wreck. The debates are already facing criticism over moderator bias, which was seen explicitly in the first bout between Biden and Trump. And now, we have "I was hacked" nonsense when another moderator with ties to Biden is caught with unseemly tweets about Trump. Scully has since wished the next moderator, NBC News' Kristen Welker, good luck.

This was quite a fiasco that’s for sure.