CNN Panelists Face Off in Shouting Match Over Kavanaugh Accuser: ‘Don’t Speak to Me Like That!’

A CNN panel spiraled into a shouting match Thursday over a recent sexual assault accusation against Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh, who is in the midst of confirmation hearings to sit on the Supreme Court, has been facing growing controversy following claims from former classmate Dr. Christine Blasey Ford that he drunkenly groped her when the two were in high school, attempting to take off her clothes. Questions remain as to whether both will testify before the Senate on the matter, however, CNN political commentator Symone Sanders blasted lawmakers for not focusing more attention on Mark Judge, Kavanaugh’s friend who Ford said was also in the room during the alleged attack. “How could they effectively want to hear from Dr. Ford and effectively want to get answers, get to the bottom of this without hearing from Mark Judge?” Sanders asked on Jake Tapper‘s State of the Union, Continue reading "CNN Panelists Face Off in Shouting Match Over Kavanaugh Accuser: ‘Don’t Speak to Me Like That!’"

Les Moonves Booted From Hollywood’s Most Powerful List… And Replaced By Ronan Farrow

Ousted CBS chief Les Moonves was scrubbed from the Hollywood Reporter‘s Top 100 Most Powerful list — and replaced by Ronan Farrow, the reporter whose investigation into his alleged sexual misconduct precipitated his downfall. CNN’s Oliver Darcy reported Thursday that Moonves was initially slated to be in the top 10 of the magazine’s list of the most powerful people in entertainment, until the allegations against him — which include sexual assault — were revealed. Matthew Belloni, the Hollywood Reporter‘s editorial director, told CNN that after Moonves’ departure from CBS he met with his editors and they swiftly dumped the once powerful executive from the list. “That one was easy for us,” Belloni told CNN. “He’s out of the business. He’s no longer in his role and this list is all about power and the ability to green light things and influence the culture and he’s no Continue reading "Les Moonves Booted From Hollywood’s Most Powerful List… And Replaced By Ronan Farrow"

CNN’s Kirsten Powers Knocks Heads With Margaret Hoover: I’m Listening to You ‘Smear’ Christine Ford!

A CNN panel segment got tense, Wednesday, after Kirsten Powers confronted Margaret Hoover — a fellow contributor to the network — after what she deemed to be a smear on Brett Kavanaugh sexual assault accuser Christine Blasey Ford. Appearing on New Day, Hoover — host of the syndicated conservative talk show Firing Line — argued that because Kavanaugh has been subject to six FBI investigations over the years, any major problems with women would have been revealed by now. “[He’s] a man I happen to know personally. I met him. I know he has high integrity and character,” Hoover said. She added, “Brett Kavanaugh has had six FBI investigations over the course of his life. There would be some other semblance of some other degree of problem with women if this were a past problem consistently.” Powers, a columnist for USA Today, was visibly outraged — particularly over Continue reading "CNN’s Kirsten Powers Knocks Heads With Margaret Hoover: I’m Listening to You ‘Smear’ Christine Ford!"

CNN’s Kirsten Powers Knocks Heads With Margaret Hoover: I’m Listening to You ‘Smear’ Christine Ford!

A CNN panel segment got tense, Wednesday, after Kirsten Powers confronted Margaret Hoover — a fellow contributor to the network — after what she deemed to be a smear on Brett Kavanaugh sexual assault accuser Christine Blasey Ford. Appearing on New Day, Hoover — host of the syndicated conservative talk show Firing Line — argued that because Kavanaugh has been subject to six FBI investigations over the years, any major problems with women would have been revealed by now. “[He’s] a man I happen to know personally. I met him. I know he has high integrity and character,” Hoover said. She added, “Brett Kavanaugh has had six FBI investigations over the course of his life. There would be some other semblance of some other degree of problem with women if this were a past problem consistently.” Powers, a columnist for USA Today, was visibly outraged — particularly over Continue reading "CNN’s Kirsten Powers Knocks Heads With Margaret Hoover: I’m Listening to You ‘Smear’ Christine Ford!"

Paul Begala Says Brett Kavanaugh ‘Tormented’ Vince Foster’s Family: ‘A Vicious, Cruel Abuse of Power’

On CNN’s The Lead this afternoon, host Jake Tapper discussed the allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The entire segment was feisty, and in particular CNN contributor Paul Begala cut loose on Kavanaugh, accusing him of cruel torment and more. In the clip above, the first person Tapper turns to for comment is CNN contributor Mary Katharine Ham. Tapper asked why Democrats might be pushing so hard for this additional hearing, meaning what is the strategy. “I suppose part of it is, if I’m a little bit cynical about it, asking him questions about the high school drinking and all of this,” she said, “so that he would have to answer truthfully to those and talk about the things they did in high school.” “But for both Kavanaugh and [Mark] Judge, when they — if they — if this is their story, all they can do is come Continue reading "Paul Begala Says Brett Kavanaugh ‘Tormented’ Vince Foster’s Family: ‘A Vicious, Cruel Abuse of Power’"

CNN’s Anderson Cooper Questions Christine Ford’s Lawyer on Delaying Senate Testimony

Lisa Banks, one of the attorneys representing Christine Blasey Ford, appeared on CNN Tuesday night to announce that her client wants an FBI investigation into her allegations before she testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Ford has accused Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump‘s nominee for the Supreme Court, of sexual assaulting her 36 years ago when the two were teenagers. Kavanaugh denies the allegation. A hearing was set by the Committee for her and Kavanaugh to testify next Monday. Ford’s lawyers responded to the invitation with a letter on Tuesday night informing Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley that Ford would not be attending the hearing. “Are you saying there has to be an investigation by the FBI or else Professor Ford will not testify?” CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked Banks. “What we’re saying is that there should be an investigation, because that’s the right thing to do,” Banks replied. “If Continue reading "CNN’s Anderson Cooper Questions Christine Ford’s Lawyer on Delaying Senate Testimony"

New CNN Poll: Dem Senate Candidates Take Lead in Arizona and Tennessee

As the country gets closer and closer to the midterm elections, a new poll suggests that a possibility exists for a number of deep-red states to elect Democrats to the senate. CNN conducted a survey with SSRS and found that Congresswoman Kyrsten Cinema (D-AZ) is leading Rep. Martha McSally (R) 50% to 43% in the Arizona senate race. At the same time, former governor Phil Bredesen (D) seems to have a 50% to 45% lead on Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R) in Tennessee. Political observers are closely monitoring the races in both states since they are among the most likely to flip later this year, which could give Democrats a chance to take control of the U.S. Senate. It’s unclear whether the data has a direct correlation with public opinion about Donald Trump, but in any case, the poll found that Arizonians give the president a 39% approval rating Continue reading "New CNN Poll: Dem Senate Candidates Take Lead in Arizona and Tennessee"