Thursday night would have, could have, been the highlight of Steve Scully’s career. The little-known C-SPAN newsman was selected to be the moderator for the second presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Tens of millions of people around the world would have watched him referee the verbal sparring match, elevating his recognition factor to a level very few people reach. Let’s just say things didn’t work out that way.
A pandora’s box of worst-case scenarios unfolded for Scully, who became infamous instead of famous. Fast-forward to Thursday, when C-SPAN announced it had suspended the political editor for that tiny little infraction of lying by saying that his Twitter account had been hacked after a message to former Trump aide and now adversary Anthony Scaramucci emerged. It was also learned that Scully was a former intern for Joe Biden.
Scully tried to do some damage control with a statement he released on Thursday.
“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 wrote. “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. These were both errors in judgment for which I am totally responsible. I apologize.”
President Trump weighed in on the topic, as expected.
I was right again! Steve Scully just admitted he was lying about his Twitter being hacked. The Debate was Rigged! He was suspended from @cspan indefinitely. The Trump Campaign was not treated fairly by the “Commission”. Did I show good instincts in being the first to know?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 15, 2020