C-SPAN Suspends Steve Scully For Lying About Twitter Hack

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C-SPAN has suspended Steve Scully indefinitely for falsely claiming his Twitter account was hacked after he posted a message to Anthony Scaramucci, a former Trump aide turned critic. Scully was slated to moderate the now-canceled second presidential debate.

After Trump referred to Scully as a “Never Trumper,” Scully sought a defense strategy from Scaramucci. The problem is that he did it publicly by mistake.

“@Scaramucci should I respond to Trump,” Scully tweeted. Once the tweet drew pushback, Scully alleged his account had been hacked.

“I was hacked” is the frequent go-to excuse for those whose tweets put them in a bad light. Sometimes the excuse works, but more often it leads to increased public skepticism and an embarrassing retraction. So it went for Scully:

“For several weeks, I was subjected to relentless criticism on social media and in conservative news outlets regarding my role as moderator for the second presidential debate, including attacks aimed directly at my family,” Scully spoke on the suspension.

“This culminated on Thursday, October 8th when I heard President Trump go on national television twice and falsely attack me by name. Out of frustration, I sent a brief tweet addressed to Anthony Scaramucci. The next morning when I saw that this tweet had created a controversy, I falsely claimed that my Twitter account had been hacked.”

Scully, 60, doesn’t have a top-level Twitter game. He likely intended to send the question to Scaramucci as a direct message, not a public tweet. Even if he didn’t intend to send a DM, he should’ve lied and said he did. That’s a much more believable lie than claiming some hacker got him.

It appears C-SPAN isn’t messing around. They immediately suspended Scully. MSNBC, on the other hand, gave Joy Reid a TV show after she used the same bogus excuse when the public found homophobic posts on her blog.

Not everyone is taking Scully’s suspension to heart. Some, you could say, approve:


Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack covers media, politics, and sports at OutKick.


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  1. Well Steve, let me break this down for you. You purported to be an objective moderator for an upcoming presidential debate. Your actions tend to indicate otherwise. You tried to cover your tracks by saying that your Twitter account was hacked. The cover-up is always worse than the crime. Oh and by the way Steve trying to blame your actions on the president and conservative media outlets is like a guy who robs a bank, gets caught and then blames the bank for being open.

  2. Scully was hacked (the Russians, no doubt)…Pelosi was set up in the hair salon (again, dastardly Russians).
    Couldn’t happen to a nicer douchebag!!! ‘Course, it prolly with pay…but it’s a good start.

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