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C-SPAN Drops the Hammer on Steve Scully After He Admits He Lied About Twitter Hack

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Well, that took an abrupt turn.

On the same day that he was supposed to moderate a hotly anticipated debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, things could not have taken a worse turn for C-SPAN political editor Steve Scully.

Scully, the longtime C-SPAN veteran, has been suspended indefinitely after admitting he lied about his Twitter account being hacked, according to The Associated Press.

Scully found himself at the center of controversy when he tweeted at former Trump administration communications director Anthony Scaramucci: “should I respond to trump.”

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“I falsely claimed that my Twitter account had been hacked,” Scully said.

According to the AP, Scully claimed to be frustrated by online harassment in regard to his impartiality for the second debate.

“These were both errors in judgement for which I am totally responsible for,” Scully said. “I apologize.”

The implication of the controversy, obviously, is that a debate moderator should not be soliciting any advice about a debater from a biased source, regardless of context.

Given Scaramucci’s public disdain for and opposition to Trump, he certainly qualifies as a biased source.

For his part, Scaramucci  dismissed the controversy as “a silly non political tweet.”

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Someone else chiming in on the controversy? The president himself.

“I was right again!” Trump tweeted Thursday. “Steve Scully just admitted he was lying about his Twitter being hacked. The Debate was Rigged!”

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