Whoops: Debate Moderator Steve Scully Has a History of Claiming to Be 'Hacked,' Deletes Twitter Account

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President Donald Trump, left, and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, right, with moderator Chris Wallace, center, of Fox News during the first presidential debate Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)


Steve Scully, a CSPAN apparatchik who is set to moderate the next debate, got caught up in a bit of a scandal last night. A tweet emerged from his Twitter account in which he looked to be attempting to direct message anti-Trump figure Anthony Scaramucci. He asked whether he should respond to Trump’s recent criticisms or not.

The tweet stayed up until the next morning before being deleted. That’s when the wagons kicked into gear to begin circling. Scully decided to claim he was “hacked.” You may be asking yourself who hacks a journalist’s twitter just to send a single tweet to Anthony Scaramucci. The correct answer is no one. No one does that.

Now, we are learning that Scully is no stranger to claiming he’s been “hacked.”

However, critics who remain skeptical of Scully’s “hack” claim dug up old tweets showing him blaming hackers for other tweets that were made on his account.

In May 2012, Scully appeared apologetic about tweets that were made about weight loss.

“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,” Scully wrote.

In another tweet from March 2013, Scully apologizes for posts that were sent by his Twitter account, though it is unclear what the content was in those tweets written by alleged hackers.

“I apologize for some earlier TWEETS…account was hacked…those tweets did not come from me. Thanks all for alerting me. SS,” Scully wrote at the time.


He’s since deleted those tweets as well because he’s got nothing to hide or something. Here are screenshots of them embedded in a meme for your viewing pleasure though.

This is a good time to remind everyone that Scully was a former intern for Joe Biden and Ted Kennedy. He has a long history of supporting Democrats, including posting glowing pictures with Biden as recently as 2016. He also shared Never Trump material during the previous presidential cycle.

Scully has deleted his account now.

Despite all these red flags, media members, and some Republicans, are here to assure us that Scully is completely above board.

As I say in my above response, this is what they say about every debate moderator. Remember when some on the right were insisting Candy Crowley would be above board in 2012? How’d that work out? In fact, I’m struggling to think of a single presidential debate in the last decade where the moderator actually didn’t turn out to be a liberal hack. Yet, because the GOP is full of suckers, they continue to go to bat for these journalists based on nothing more than supposition.


In the end, everyone is biased, and that includes Steve Scully. It’s better to admit it and come up with a format that actually works for all sides than to continue to pretend that every debate moderator being a Democrat is somehow acceptable. Until things change, Republicans should scoff at the commission that puts these things together.

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