Megyn Kelly went to NBC. Greta Van Susteren resurfaced at MSNBC. Kirsten Powers and Alisyn Camerota found a new home at CNN. Half the talent you know and love on any given channel used to work for a competitor and many of them were snatched up by opportunistic executives during times of upheaval. All of that being said, Fox News’s former superstar Bill O’Reilly will not be appearing on CNN any time soon. No, there weren’t really any rumors that he would be, but the move isn’t unprecedented, especially given how hard Jeff Zucker reportedly tried to get Kelly to join the cable network’s talent roster a few months ago when she fled Fox. Oh, and of course, you can’t forget how candidly Zucker has spoken about his view that commentators on CNN are like characters in a drama. What could be more dramatic than hiring a ratings monster at Continue reading "‘We’re Not in That Game’: CNN Chief Says He Would Never Hire O’Reilly"
rejecting a request from the House Oversight Committee to provide documents related to ex-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. The committee leaders have said Flynn may have broken the law over payments he received from Russian firms. “Look, I think it’s obvious that Continue reading "Carl Bernstein: Trump ‘Impeding’ Russia Investigations By Not Handing Over Flynn Docs"
Democratic Rep. Mike Quigley contended that some sort of cosmic justice was catching up with General Michael Flynn over his controversial 2015 trip to Russia. “Remember the general leading chants of ‘lock her up, lock her up’ at the Republican convention? So if he’s not in trouble in a court of law, he’s probably in trouble in the court of karma,” Quigley said on CNN’s New Day, Wednesday Co-anchor Alisyn Camerota asked the Illinois politician if General Flynn had broken the law by taking the paid speaking gig in Russia. She was amused by Congressman Quigley’s answer and replied, “Maybe that’s what’s coming back around now, as it will do — as we’ve seen so often in life.” The CNN anchor followed up by wondering, “Does the White House bear responsibility for not vetting him properly, or just exercising willful blindness on their part?” Representative Quigley played up that, Continue reading "‘Court of Karma’: Democratic Rep. Takes in Some Michael Flynn Schadenfreude on New Day"
After winning both a Peabody and a Webby award, CNN is having a big week. The Webby was given to CNN’s Election Night coverage in the category of “Social Event.” The Peabody was given to them for all three of the pieces of coverage they submitted: “ISIS in Iraq and Syria,” “Undercover in Syria,” and, “Battle for Mosul.” Those three works were combined into one award. What’s notable here is that CNN is a cable news channel. CBS’s Evening News won a Peabody, too, which is laudable, but CNN’s big wins fly in the face of the idea that real journalism is reserved for the network channels (and foreign outfits) while cable news has been reduced to simply churning out “infotainment” on 24 hours a day. But CNN is getting recognition for operating across multiple platforms to bring stories to consumers and meet them wherever they’re at. Continue reading "From Peabody to Webby, CNN Cleaned Up Awards This Week Like No Other Cable Outlet"
Rep. Jason Chaffetz indicated on Tuesday that former National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn didn’t follow the law regarding his December 2015 paid speaking gig for the state-run RT network in Russia. “I see no information or no data to support the notion that General Flynn complied with the law,” Chaffetz revealed. The outgoing Utah representative continued by underlining that Flynn was “supposed to seek permission and receive permission from both the secretary of state and the secretary of the army prior to traveling to Russia to not only accept that payment, but to engage in that activity. I see no evidence that he actually did that.” CNN correspondent Manu Raju had asked Rep. Chaffetz if Flynn had “broke the law” over this alleged conduct. Once the Republican gave his “no information” answer, Raju followed up with Rep. Elijah Cummings, who appeared with his counterpart: “You Continue reading "Jason Chaffetz: ‘No Evidence’ Michael Flynn Followed The Law With Russia Trip"
On Tuesday, Alisyn Camerota brought back her panel discussion with several Donald Trump voters, and they were just as feisty as they were yesterday. Camerota began by bringing up several prominent moments where Trump, as president, made a clear reversal on the policies and rhetoric he pushed during his 2016 campaign. Several of the panelists defended Trump, saying he’s allowed to change his positions because he never held a position in government before, and he has been presented with new information. One panelist, Scott McCommons, openly stated that he regretted his Trump vote, and shot back at fellow panelists, pointing out that Trump had access to the same information Hillary Clinton did before the election. “He gets firsthand information like everybody else does,” McCommons shouted. “That’s a bunch of crap and you’s all know it! It’s a bunch of crap.” Later in the discussion, Camerota eventually came out Continue reading "‘That’s a Bunch of Crap!’ CNN’s Trump Voter Panel Gets Heated Over Flip-Flops"
CNN’s Jeffrey Lord and Symone Sanders made an apparent breakthrough on Monday’s New Day, despite their regular sparring on the cable network. Near the end of a panel discussion segment, Lord pointed out that Sanders has created a T-shirt that bears the phrase, “oh, Jeffrey” a reference to a segment where the Trump supporter contended that the President was the “Martin Luther King of health care.” Lord also noted that he had just published a proposal about splitting the proceeds of the clothing. “My friend, Symone, has put out T-shirts which she’s selling that say, ‘oh, Jeffrey.’ So this morning, at the American Spectator — spectator.org — I’ve asked the readers if they will buy them. And hopefully, Symone will split the proceeds between the Martin Luther King Center and a scholarship fund for Dr. Ben Carson.” Anchor Alisyn Camerota was amused by this offer: Continue reading "Bitter CNN Political Foes Symone Sanders and Jeffrey Lord Talk Merchandising Deal"