NEW YORK — C-SPAN suspended its political editor Steve Scully indefinitely Thursday after he confessed to lying on his Twitter feed hacked when he had been confronted by a questionable trade with former Trump aide Anthony Scaramucci.
The news came on the afternoon of what was likely to be a career highlight for its 30-year C-SPAN veteran. Scully was going to moderate the next debate between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden, that was canceled after Trump wouldn’t consent to a digital format due to his COVID-19 investigation.
A week after Trump had chased him “not Trumper,” Scully tweeted”@Scaramucci if I react to Trump.”
Scully reported that when he noticed his tweet generated a controversy, “I claimed my Twitter accounts was hacked.”
He was frustrated with Trump’s remarks and many months of criticism about social networking and conservative news outlets regarding his job as moderator, including strikes directed in his loved ones, he explained.
“All these were both mistakes in the decision for that I am completely responsible for,” Scully explained.
He explained he let his coworkers at C-SPAN, fellow information specialists, and the debate commission. “I ask for their forgiveness as I attempt to proceed in an instant of reflection and disappointment in myself,” he explained.
C-SPAN stated Scully confessed to lying on the hack Wednesday.
“He knows he made a critical error,” the network said. “We were saddened by this information and don’t condone his action.”
Trump captured on the information, tweeting”that I had been right again! I had been right again! Steve Scully just confessed that he was lying on his Twitter being murdered.
The discussion commission didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment.
Scully has headed the community’s presidential election policy since 1992, but the suspension means that he will not be a part of C-SPAN’s election night programming.
The system said Scully has always demonstrated professionalism and equity and assembled a reservoir of goodwill.
“After some space from this event, we believe in their own ability to continue to bring about C-SPAN,” the network said.