- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Steve Scully is being reinstated at C-SPAN following his suspension for lying about being hacked after he was caught reaching out to outspoken Trump critic Anthony Scaramucci ahead of a presidential debate he was scheduled to moderate in October.

C-SPAN said Mr. Scully would resume his work on C-SPAN Radio’s “Washington Today” and his podcast series “The Weekly” starting this week.

“No date has been set for his return to C-SPAN’s roster of on-air television hosts,” the company said.

Mr. Scully was supposed to moderate the second presidential debate in Miami on Oct. 15, but the event was ultimately canceled after President Trump and then-Democratic nominee Joseph R. Biden couldn’t agree on the terms following the president’s positive COVID-19 diagnosis.

A week before the event was set to take place, Mr. Scully came under fire after he tweeted, “@Scaramucci should I respond to trump,” in a message to Anthony Scaramucci, the former White House communications director for the president who is now a vocal Trump critic. Mr. Scully later claimed his Twitter account was hacked, and the FBI and Twitter both opened investigations into the claim.

On Oct. 15, C-SPAN announced it had suspended Mr. Scully indefinitely after he admitted to lying about being hacked.

In a statement at the time, Mr. Scully said he sent the tweet to Mr. Scaramucci “out of frustration” after he said he was subjected to “relentless criticism” by conservatives ahead of the debate.

“We view October’s events as a singular episode in an otherwise successful 30-year C-SPAN career,” the network said in a statement Tuesday. “And while it was appropriate in October for Steve to be immediately relieved of his duties leading our 2020 election coverage, we reiterate our belief that now, having completed a three-month administrative leave, he can continue to contribute to C-SPAN’s mission.”

Despite C-SPAN characterizing the controversy as a “singular episode,” Mr. Scully has claimed he’s been hacked at least twice before.

“I apologize for some earlier TWEETS…account was hacked…those tweets did not come from me. Thanks all for alerting me,” he wrote in March 2013, Politico reported.

“I apologize for Saturday’s tweets regarding weight loss, etc. I still have my day job at C-SPAN…darn those hackers. Have a great Sunday,” he wrote in May 2012, Politico reported.

Mr. Scully hasn’t tweeted since Oct. 9.

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