C-SPAN host Steve Scully has been indefinitely suspended from the network after he admitted a controversial anti-Trump tweet that was posted to his account was in fact sent by him.
Initially, Scully—who was scheduled to moderate the second presidential debate before it was canceled—claimed his account was hacked and the tweet was sent by the hacker.
But, it wasn’t.
Scully admitted Thursday that he sent the tweet, he blamed a hacker, but he was solely responsible.
BizPac Review reports he said the tweet was posted amid “errors in judgment for which I am totally responsible.”
“I apologize,” he added.
“These actions have let down a lot of people, including my colleagues at C-SPAN, where I have worked for the past 30 years, professional colleagues in the media, and the team at the Commission on Presidential Debates,” Scully also said. “I ask for their forgiveness as I try to move forward in a moment of reflection and disappointment in myself.”
BizPac Review reports:
The admission and suspension come a week after Scully sent a direct message on Twitter to Anthony Scaramucci, a former White House communications director whose tenure was short-lived after criticizing the administration and who has since become a strong critic of President Donald Trump.
After the initial hacking claim many of his colleagues in mainstream media rallied to his defense and said he would never lie about such an issue:
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) October 15, 2020
A play in four acts. pic.twitter.com/8Gm8pPKhvG
— JERRY DUNLEAVY (@JerryDunleavy) October 15, 2020
Anthony Scarramucci, who was involved with the initial tweet, criticized the network’s decision to suspend Scully.
“Brutal outcome for a silly non-political tweet. Nothing objectionable. Cancel culture going too far,” he said.
Brutal outcome for a silly non political tweet. Nothing objectionable. Cancel culture going too far. https://t.co/ymPKOGJemi
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) October 15, 2020