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December 7, 2021

Report: Cuomo Accused of Sexual Harassment Days Before Termination

According to The Guardian, former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo was hit with an allegation of sexual harassment just days before the network announced his termination.

Attorney Debra Katz said her client alleged “serious sexual misconduct” by Cuomo and had told CNN about the allegation on Wednesday.

Katz said her client decided to come forward after the New York attorney general’s office released a report showing Cuomo had taken a much larger role in helping his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D), following his sexual harassment accusations.

“Hearing the hypocrisy of Chris Cuomo’s on-air words and disgusted by his efforts to try to discredit these women, my client retained counsel to report his serious sexual misconduct against her to CNN,” Katz said in a statement.

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Chris Cuomo accused of sexual harassment days before CNN fired him

December 6, 2021

CNN Fires Chris Cuomo

CNN fired anchor Chris Cuomo “effective immediately.”

The network’s announcement came after it retained an outside law firm to review information about how Cuomo helped his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), when he was accused of sexual harassment.

CNN suspended Cuomo indefinitely on Tuesday, the law firm submitted its findings on Friday, and network president Jeff Zucker fired Cuomo on Saturday.

“Chris Cuomo was suspended earlier this week pending further evaluation of new information that came to light about his involvement with his brother’s defense. We retained a respected law firm to conduct the review, and have terminated him, effective immediately,” CNN said in a statement.

“While in the process of that review, additional information has come to light,” the statement continued. “Despite the termination, we will investigate as appropriate.”

Cuomo also put out a statement on the matter.

“This is not how I want my time at CNN to end but I have already told you why and how I helped my brother,” Cuomo said. “So let me now say as disappointing as this is, I could not be more proud of the team at Cuomo Prime Time and the work we did as CNN’s #1 show in the most competitive time slot. I owe them all and will miss that group of special people who did really important work.”

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CNN fires Chris Cuomo

December 3, 2021

CNN Suspends Chris Cuomo

CNN indefinitely suspended anchor Chris Cuomo after details emerged about how he assisted his brother, former Gov. Andrew Cuomo (R-N.Y.), who faces federal sexual harassment charges.

CNN said that it came to its decision after reviewing documents released by New York’s attorney general earlier this week. The report found that Cuomo had taken a greater level of involvement in his brother’s efforts than the network had previously known.

“As a result, we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation,” CNN said.

According to the Associated Press, “Cuomo pressed sources for information on his brother’s accusers and reported back to the governor’s staff, and was active in helping craft their response to the charges, according to emails and a transcript of his testimony to investigators working for state Attorney General Letitia James.”

James found that the former governor sexually harassed at least 11 women.

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CNN suspends Chris Cuomo for helping brother in scandal

November 29, 2021

Inflammatory CNN Article Raises Eyebrows

CNN caused quite a stir over an article posted on its website that claimed there’s “nothing more frightening in America today than an angry White man.”

Following the acquittal of 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, CNN writer/producer John Blake penned an article for the site.

“The specter of the angry Black man has been evoked in politics and popular culture to convince White folks that a big, bad Black man is coming to get them and their daughters,” Blake wrote. “But as I’ve watched three separate trials about White male violence unfold across the US these past few weeks — the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, the Ahmaud Arbery death trial and the civil case against organizers of the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville — I’ve come to a sobering conclusion: There is nothing more frightening in America today than an angry White man.”

“It’s not the ‘radical Islamic terrorist’ that I fear the most. Nor is it the brown immigrant or the fiery Black Lives Matter protester, or whatever the latest bogeyman is that some politician tells me I should dread. It’s encountering an armed White man in public who has been inspired by the White men on trial in these three cases,” Blake added.

Though there’s “nothing inherently violent about White men, or any human being,” Blake wrote, but a “vision of White masculinity that allows some White men to feel as if they ‘can rule and brutalize without consequence,'” he continued, quoting author Ibram X Kendi.

“This angry White man has been a major character throughout US history. He gave the country slavery, the slaughter of Native Americans, and Jim Crow laws. His anger also helped fuel the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. It’s this angry White man – not the Black or brown man you see approaching on the street at night – who poses the most dangerous threat to democracy in America.” Blake wrote. “That’s a sweeping claim. But these trials represent something bigger than questions of individual guilt or innocence. They offer a disturbing vision of the future, and a choice about what kind of country we want to live in.”

“This is what that future looks like: More angry White men emboldened by ‘stand your ground’ and citizen’s arrest laws, inspired by a conservative interpretation of the Second Amendment. And more dead Americans,” he concluded.

Critics panned the article on social media.

“I’d say our media establishment acting like it’s ok to constantly make offensive generalizations about people based on skin color is way more frightening,” RealClearInvestigations senior writer Mark Hemingway wrote on Twitter.

“CNN has gone full racist,” tweeted Media Research Center deputy managing editor Nicholas Fondacaro.

“Enough with the casual racism from news outlets. The guy spends the first few paragraphs decrying stereotypes of African American men and then the rest of the article promoting similar stereotypes about men with a different skin color. How did this become acceptable/normal?” conservative writer A.G. Hamilton tweeted. “Honestly could not imagine thinking about another group of people this way based on their race or religion, but bigots have broken brains and they always think their bigotry/hate is justifiable. We need people to stand up against this. That includes people at CNN.” 

“The amount of time that the corporate press invests in stoking racial resentment and conflict is…something,” writer Drew Holden tweeted.

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CNN article declares ‘There’s nothing more frightening… than an angry White man’ after Rittenhouse trial

October 18, 2021

Joe Rogan confronts CNN’s Sanjay Gupta over network ‘lying’ about COVID treatment

Podcast host Joe Rogan confronted CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, over the network’s coverage of ivermectin, accusing CNN of “lying.”

Rogan, who is not vaccinated, said he took ivermectin in addition to receiving monoclonal antibodies during his bout with the virus earlier this year.

Gupta was a guest on an episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience” earlier this week. He told Rogan that he was glad he made a recovery.

“Thank you. You’re probably the only one at CNN who’s glad,” Rogan responded. “The rest of them are all lying about me taking horse medication.”

“That bothered you,” Gupta said.

“It should bother you too,” Rogan said. “They’re lying at your network about people taking human drugs versus drugs for [animals].”

Gupta conceded that referring to his treatment as “a ‘horse dewormer’ is not the most flattering thing.”

“It’s a lie on a news network,” Rogan replied. “And it’s a lie that they’re conscious of. It’s not a mistake. They’re unfavorably framing it as veterinary medicine.”

Rogan went on to specifically reference CNN’s Erin Burnett for referring to the treatment as a “livestock drug” with “glee.”

“It can be used for humans! I get it,” Gupta said. Later acknowledging “they shouldn’t have done that.”

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Joe Rogan takes on Sanjay Gupta over CNN ‘lying’ about COVID treatment

September 25, 2021

CNN’s Chris Cuomo accused of sexual harassment

Former ABC executive producer Shelley Ross accused Chris Cuomo of sexually harassing her in front of her husband and coworkers at a work party in 2005. Ross detailed the incident in a New York Times op-ed on Friday.

“I was at the party with my husband, who sat behind me on an ottoman sipping his Diet Coke as I spoke with work friends,” Ross wrote. “When Mr. Cuomo entered the Upper West Side bar, he walked toward me and greeted me with a strong bear hug while lowering one hand to firmly grab and squeeze the cheek of my buttock.”

The veteran TV journalist was working as an executive producer of an ABC program at the time but was just Cuomo’s boss on ABC’s “Primetime Live” immediately prior.

“‘I can do this now that you’re no longer my boss,’ he said to me with a kind of cocky arrogance. ‘No you can’t,’ I said, pushing him off me at the chest while stepping back, revealing my husband, who had seen the entire episode at close range. We quickly left.”

Ross said Cuomo sent her an email an hour later with the subject line, “Now that I think of it … I am ashamed.” Though Cuomo apologized to Ross and her husband in the email, Ross questioned Cuomo’s sincerity.

“Mr. Cuomo may say this is a sincere apology. I’ve always seen it as an attempt to provide himself with legal and moral coverage to evade accountability,” Ross said.

“I never thought that Mr. Cuomo’s behavior was sexual in nature. Whether he understood it at the time or not, his form of sexual harassment was a hostile act meant to diminish and belittle his female former boss in front of the staff.”

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Chris Cuomo accused of sexually harassing ex-boss Shelley Ross at 2005 party

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