I am usually not an Intercept/Greenwald fan, but he makes an interesting point about why CNN refuses to comment on Lanny Davis' retraction:
The substance of the CNN story itself regarding Cohen which made headline news all over all the world and which CNN hyped as a "bombshell" has now been retracted by other news outlets that originally purported to "confirm" CNN's story. That's because the anonymous source for this confirmation, Cohen lawyer Lanny Davis, now admits that, in essence, his "confirmation" was false. As a result, both the Washington Post and the NY Post outed Davis as their anonymous source and then effectively retracted their stories "confirming" parts of CNN's report.
CNN, however, has retracted nothing. All inquiries to the network are directed to a corporate spokesperson, who simply says: "We stand by our story, and are confident in our reporting of it."
But there's an entirely separate, and more significant, question about CNN's behavior here; namely, the very specific claim they made about their sourcing for that blockbuster story. Last night, BuzzFeed reported that Davis explicitly confessed that he was one of the anonymous sources for CNN's July 26 story, just as he was for the stories from the Washington Post and the New York Post. Last week, CNN put Davis on the air with Anderson Cooper to deny that he was the source for that CNN story a denial Cooper did not contest but Davis now admits he was one of CNN's sources, if not their main source.
Yet remarkably, CNN, in its July 26 story, specifically claimed that Davis refused to talk to CNN about the story or provide any comment whatsoever.
Only one of two things can be true here, and either is extremely significant: (1) CNN deliberately lied to its audience about Davis refusing to comment on the story when, in fact, Davis was one of the anonymous sources on which the CNN report depended, and CNN claimed Davis refused to comment in order to hide Davis' identity as one of their anonymous sources; or (2) Davis is lying now to BuzzFeed when he confessed to having been one of CNN's sources for the story.
How can CNN possibly justify refusing to address these questions, and refrain from informing the public about these critical matters on a story that they themselves hyped for days as a "blockbuster," one of the most significant stories yet in the Trump/Russia saga?