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C-SPAN suspends political editor Steve Scully after he admits to lie about Twitter hack

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C-SPAN, a US cable and satellite television network, has suspended its political editor indefinitely after he admitted to lying about his Twitter feed being hacked.

The admission came after Steve Scully was confronted about a questionable exchange with former Donald Trump aide Anthony Scaramucci.

The news came on the day of what was supposed to be a career highlight for the 30-year C-SPAN veteran.

Steve Scully appears at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington on July 11, 2007.  (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)
Steve Scully, pictured in 2007, has been suspended from C-SPAN. (AP)

A week ago, after Mr Trump had criticised him as a "never Trumper", Mr Scully tweeted "@Scaramucci should I respond to Trump."

Mr Scaramucci, a former Trump communications director and now a critic of the president, advised Mr Scully to ignore him.

Mr Scully said that when he saw his tweet had created a controversy, "I falsely claimed that my Twitter account had been hacked."

He had been frustrated by Mr Trump's comments and several weeks of criticism on social media and conservative news outlets about his role as moderator, including attacks directed at his family, he said.

"These were both errors in judgement for which I am totally responsible for," Mr Scully said.

"I apologise."

The set is shown during a presidential debate at UNLV on Oct. 19, 2016, in Las Vegas. C-SPAN said in a statement Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, that its political editor, Steve Scully, host of the second presidential debate, didn't initiate a questionable Twitter exchange with Anthony Scaramucci and that the Commission on Presidential Debates is investigating with help from authorities. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, FILE)
Mr Scully was scheduled to moderate a debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. (AP)

He said he let down his colleagues at C-SPAN, fellow news professionals and the debate commission.

"I ask for their forgiveness as I try to move forward in a moment of reflection and disappointment in myself," he said.

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C-SPAN said Mr Scully confessed to lying about the hack on Wednesday.

"He understands that he made a serious mistake," the network said.

"We were very saddened by this news and do not condone his actions."

Mr Trump seized on the news, tweeting "I was right again! I was right again! Steve Scully just admitted he was lying about his Twitter being hacked. The Debate was Rigged!"
Donald Trump makes his first appearance since his COVID-19 treatment.
Donald Trump said Mr Scully's admission was proof the debate was "rigged". (AP)

The debate commission did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

Mr Scully has led the network's presidential election coverage since 1992, but the suspension means he won't be part of C-SPAN's election night programming.

Mr Scully has been the moderator of Washington Journal, the weekly call-in program, and regularly hosted other C-SPAN programs.

The network said Mr Scully has consistently demonstrated fairness and professionalism, and built a reservoir of good will.

"After some distance from this episode, we believe in his ability to continue to contribute to C-SPAN," the network said.

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