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  • Trump Campaign Spokesman Clashes With Cuomo on CNN Over COVID, Resurrects Q-Tip Moment

    Tim Murtaugh, a spokesperson for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, appeared on CNN Monday night to do battle with primetime anchor Chris Cuomo and battle they did: The two argued for a full 13 minutes, during which Murtaugh produced a photo of Cuomo using a giant cotton swab prop.Cuomo used that prop in May when discussing COVID-19 with his brother, New York governor Andrew Cuomo. On CNN Monday, he again brought up COVID-19, this time asking Murtaugh about why the president has seemed to lose focus on the pandemic.“Your own brother, the governor of New York, said that every time he turned to the administration, the federal government was there with everything,” shot back Murtaugh.Also Read: Gov Andrew Cuomo and CNN's Chris Cuomo Are Back to Squabbling: 'This Is Not Love' (Video)From there, the two went back and forth over whether or not the governor really said that. (Trump and Gov. Cuomo trade barbs constantly, but the governor has offered up sporadic praise of the administration at specific times throughout the pandemic.)Murtaugh went on, “I find it curious — speaking of your brother — you’re going to ask me these self-righteous questions and talk about people taking it seriously.”He whipped out the photo of Cuomo with the giant cotton swab, asking if it looked like the Cuomo brothers were “taking it seriously.”Cuomo said the moment was “funny as hell” before threatening to cut Murtaugh’s interview: “You took your swing. You missed. That’s the best you got, is that my brother didn’t take COVID seriously?”Like the original cotton swab moment, the Cuomo-Murtaugh battle brought out strong reactions on social media. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany took aim at CNN — where she was once a paid commentator — in her praise of Murtaugh’s “epic smackdown,” writing, “The haters at CNN know the truth: Governor Cuomo praised President @realDonaldTrump‘s COVID response as ‘phenomenal.'”WATCH: Chris Cuomo is confronted by @TimMurtaugh over joking about coronavirus testing swabs with his brother New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who sent covid-positive patients into nursing homes, causing many more deaths.— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) October 27, 2020Read original story Trump Campaign Spokesman Clashes With Cuomo on CNN Over COVID, Resurrects Q-Tip Moment At TheWrap

  • Chris Cuomo Says ‘There’s Nothing’ to Misconduct Rumors in Audio Leaked by Fox News

    In audio leaked to Fox News and played on Tuesday’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” CNN anchor Chris Cuomo says “there’s nothing” to any sexual misconduct rumors about him.In an undated conversation with former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen — which he didn’t realize was being recorded — Cuomo said, “I’m always careful when I talk to media, you know?”He went on, “Do you know how many f—ing phone calls I’ve gotten from people at ABC who say that reporters are calling and lying about things they heard about me to try to get stories about me when I was at ABC? Guys calling and saying, ‘I heard he’s the Charlie Rose of ABC, used to invite women to the hotel and open up his bathrobe.’ Do I look like the kind of f—ing guy who’s gotta do that?”Also Read: Fox News Threatens Sanctions Against Law Firm Over Carlson, Hannity AccusationsHe said “there’s nothing” to the rumors and “you can’t trust the media.”Representatives for Cuomo did not immediately return a request for comment, but President Donald Trump had plenty to say.On Twitter, the president wrote of Cuomo, “Will Fredo be fired by Fake News @CNN? He speaks with great disrespect about women, and it will only get worse. Fredo’s Ratings are bad, so this is the time. Always terrible to speak to sleazebags, especially when you are being recorded. CNN has no choice, Fredo must go!”It was unclear whether Cohen is one of the “sleazebags” to which Trump referred — though Carlson called him a “sleazeball” during the Tuesday night segment repeatedly — but Cohen, too weighed in on Twitter. He said the only people in possession of that audiotape besides himself were Trump and the Department of Justice and he didn’t authorize Fox News to run it.Trump “and cronies violated my First amendment rights and now this,” Cohen wrote, “all to discredit me and my book. What’s next?”Cuomo has not publicly been named in any misconduct cases. In July, frequent Fox News guest Cathy Areu named Carlson in a lawsuit alleging sexual misconduct. And at least 25 women have come forward in recent years accusing Trump of sexual misconduct ranging from ogling to rape.Read original story Chris Cuomo Says ‘There’s Nothing’ to Misconduct Rumors in Audio Leaked by Fox News At TheWrap

  • Lawyer for George Floyd's arresting officer claims it's 'questionable' that knee was on Floyd's neck

    The lawyer for Thomas Lane disputed what is clear in the video of George Floyd’s death and even tried shifting blame for his death to the bystanders.

  • Trump Says Joe Scarborough ‘Got Away With Murder,’ Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade Does Not Follow Up

    President Donald Trump once again baselessly accused MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough of murder Wednesday, this time doing it on Brian Kilmeade’s daily radio program with no pushback from the host.Kilmeade, a Fox News host, asked Trump why he targets attacks individual cable news hosts when there are “so many other huge problems out there.” America is still contending with the deadly coronavirus pandemic and has seen days of unrest and protest in various cities since the Memorial Day police killing of unarmed black man George Floyd.The president’s response to questions about his attacks on television personalities, saying “I just do it. People hit me, I hit back. I fight. I’ve always felt that about Scarborough. A lot of people in Florida felt he got away with murder, I think. I’ve always felt that. That’s not an uncommon story, if you look at it, so we don’t have to waste time on it but I always felt that he got away with murder. That was my feeling, very strong feeling, and I do feel it.”Also Read: Joe Scarborough Memorializes Lori Klausutis: Trump Is 'Sullying This Good Woman's Name' (Video)Trump has resurrected this conspiracy theory about Scarborough — which centers on the death of a former congressional aide named Lori Klausutis 19 years ago — in recent weeks, tweeting about it to the point that Scarborough addressed it on his show last week and the aide’s widower appealed to Twitter to get the messages removed from the platform.“I didn’t know Lori well. She worked in an annex office in Okaloosa. I met her a couple of times at a couple of events but after she passed away, [her husband] T.J. told me that she was working in a bank — and I hope I have all these details right because it’s been several years since we talked about this — but she was working in a bank and she decided that she wanted — she was a lifelong Republican, faithful Catholic — she decided she wanted to work in something like you said, something bigger than herself,” he said last week of Klausutis, who had an undiagnosed heart condition. She died after hitting her head on her office desk.Scarborough continually noted that Klausutis “wanted to give back to the country that she loved.” He then lambasted 19 years’ worth of political opponents for seizing on her story before adding it’s led to “the President of the United States sullying this good woman’s name.”Also Read: CNN Disputes Trump's Chris Cuomo Jab: 'Surely You Have More Important Issues Than TV Ratings'Though other Fox News personalities like Brit Hume and Guy Benson have publicly condemned Trump’s commentary on Klausutis’ death, Kilmeade Wednesday offered no pushback, leaving room for Trump to continue attacking another cable news personality: Chris Cuomo. As he did Tuesday, Trump insulted Cuomo’s ratings. Tuesday, that led to a tweet from CNN’s public relations department asking if he should be focusing on other things happening in the country.Trump re-upped his Cuomo attack on the radio show, calling his ratings “terrible” and praising “Fox & Friends” for its ratings. “Cuomo Prime Time” was CNN’s top-rated program in May among total viewers, bringing in 1,948,00 on average, as well as in the advertiser-coveted demographic of adults from 25-54, bringing in 513,000. The program had its highest ratings in history for the past two months among total viewers and out-performed MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” in that key demo for the second straight month.Kilmeade did offer some pushback on the ratings comparison between his early-morning program and CNN’s primetime offering, telling Trump there is “always room for improvement.”Read original story Trump Says Joe Scarborough ‘Got Away With Murder,’ Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade Does Not Follow Up At TheWrap

  • Pat Robertson Blasts Trump for Lack of ‘Love’ in Response to Protests

    Televangelist Pat Robertson publicly scolded President Donald Trump during “The 700 Club” Tuesday, saying that his response to the unrest after George Floyd’s death “isn’t cool.”Robertson — who has defended Trump vigorously in the past and even suggested the deadliest mass shooting in American history was partly caused by the “disrespect” for the reality TV host-turned-president — had this to say after reading reports of how Trump spoke on a call with the country’s governors:There’s a purpose of everything under Heaven, we read in the Bible, and there is a time and it seems like now is the time to say, “I understand your pain. I want to comfort you. I think it’s time we love each other.” But the president took a different course: He said, “I am the president of law and order.” And he issued a heads-up. He said, “I am ready to send in military troops if the nation’s governors don’t act to quell the violence that has rocked American cities.” As a matter of fact, he spoke of them as being “jerks.”Also Read: CNN Disputes Trump's Chris Cuomo Jab: 'Surely You Have More Important Issues Than TV Ratings'The preacher concluded fiercely, “You just don’t do that, Mr. President! It isn’t cool!”In a Monday call with the country’s governors about the ongoing protests against police brutality and the death of George Floyd, Trump advocated for “retribution” against protesters, calling them “terrorists,” “anarchists” and “radicals.”“These are terrorists. They’re looking to do bad things to our country,” Trump said of the protesters, according to a recording of the call obtained by the New York Times. “You have to dominate. If you don’t dominate, you’re wasting your time. They’re going to run over you. You’re going to look like a bunch of jerks.”The president also urged governors to not be “too careful” and arrest protesters and put them in jail for “10 years.”Pat Robertson tells Trump that his response to the George Floyd protests "isn't cool."— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) June 2, 2020Read original story Pat Robertson Blasts Trump for Lack of ‘Love’ in Response to Protests At TheWrap

  • CNN Disputes Trump’s Chris Cuomo Jab: ‘Surely You Have More Important Issues Than TV Ratings’

    CNN’s public relations department responded to a tweet from President Donald Trump Tuesday and suggested he had “more important issues” to contend with than taking jabs at the success of the network’s primetime hosts.“Yesterday was a bad day for the Cuomo Brothers. New York was lost to the looters, thugs, Radical Left, and all others forms of Lowlife & Scum. The Governor refuses to accept my offer of a dominating National Guard. NYC was ripped to pieces. Likewise, Fredo’s ratings are down 50%!” the president declared on Twitter, referring to CNN primetime anchor Chris Cuomo as “Fredo.”“Surely you have more important issues than TV ratings to address. But since you’ve made it a priority, we’ll correct the record,” came the reply from CNN’s PR shop. “@ChrisCuomo has had his highest ratings in history for the past two months.”Also Read: Fox News Wins Total Viewers for Weekend Protest Coverage, CNN Tops Key DemoMonthly Nielsen research ratings were released Tuesday, though the president’s statistic more closely matched one from a Daily Mail piece released over the weekend. Rather than monthly ratings, the Mail compared Cuomo’s peak with the previous week, reporting “Cuomo Prime Time” ratings plummeted 49% since he announced his coronavirus diagnosis in March.According to Tuesday’s new monthly ratings report from CNN, the network had its most-watched May ever in total-day and primetime viewership. “Cuomo Prime Time” was CNN’s top-rated program for the month among total viewers, bringing in an average of 1,948,000. In the advertiser-coveted age demographic of viewers 25-to-54, it saw an average of 513,000.Meanwhile, Trump-favored network Fox News hit some milestones, too, logging its 47th consecutive month in the top spot across all of cable in total-day viewership and 221st consecutive month as the top-rated cable news network in total viewers across both total-day and primetime.Read original story CNN Disputes Trump’s Chris Cuomo Jab: ‘Surely You Have More Important Issues Than TV Ratings’ At TheWrap

  • CNN’s Brooke Baldwin Tests Positive for Coronavirus

    CNN’s Brooke Baldwin announced Friday that she has tested positive for the coronavirus.“Hi friends,” she wrote in a statement posted on Instagram. “I’ve tested positive for coronavirus. I am OKAY. It came on suddenly yesterday afternoon. Chills, aches, fever. I’ve been social distancing. Doing ALL the things we’re being told to do. Still — it got me. I’m healthy… no underlying conditions… Honestly, I feel like one of the lucky ones.”She is the second of the network’s daily anchors to make that announcement, following colleague Chris Cuomo earlier this week.Also Read: CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta Tells Chris Cuomo to Stop Broadcasting With Coronavirus (Video)Using emojis, she expressed her excitement to be back on television “real soon” and giving a shoutout “to the doctors and nurses who are doing the real work right now.”During her hour of “CNN Newsroom,” Baldwin has been highlighting the stories of everyday people affected by the pandemic. On her Instagram, she’s been modeling social distancing on a series that features her doing video calls with the likes of U.S. Women’s National Team soccer players and nurses.If Baldwin needs advice, she can look to her colleague. Earlier Friday, a concerned viewer asked Cuomo what has been helping his symptoms. He replied, “So far…time. Chix soup. Constant fluid. This is a slog. Could be 2 weeks of low grade fever with spikes and lulls (pray for lulls – love lulls). Then real concern is if make thru do you get secondary ‘super’ infex like pneumonia. Many stories like that. Main worry for me.”Read original story CNN’s Brooke Baldwin Tests Positive for Coronavirus At TheWrap

  • CNN’s Don Lemon Cries Over Chris Cuomo’s Coronavirus Diagnosis

    CNN primetime anchor Don Lemon cried on-air Tuesday night while discussing colleague Chris Cuomo’s coronavirus diagnosis.Lemon, whose 10 p.m. ET “CNN Tonight” airs right after Cuomo’s 9 p.m. show, usually handles their handoff at the top of the hour with a little banter, found it hard to keep things lighthearted during a conversation with CNN senior global affairs analyst Bianna Golodryga about the effect of the pandemic on renters and homeowners.He apologetically mentioned he was “distracted” while Golodryga told him what he’s doing — being on-air during this time — “is tough.”Also Read: CNN's Chris Cuomo Announces He Tested Positive for Coronavirus“I also feel for Chris and I know it’s tough for you and we’re all fighting and rooting for him tonight,” she said of the anchor, who is still doing his show every night while quarantined in his basement, away from his wife, kids and dogs.“Sorry. I said I wasn’t going to do this. Jesus. He’s probably sitting at home laughing at me,” said Lemon, becoming more emotional. “When I walk into work every day — Chris and I are really good friends; we live near each other — so when I walk into work every day, I have to walk by where Chris is. So I usually go to his office and I say, you know, what’s doin’. Sometimes I bring the dogs and we just say hello. Anyway, he’s just not here and we have this great relationship…”Golodryga told Lemon she and Cuomo have known each other since they worked together years ago at ABC News. When she got pregnant, she said, he congratulated her and told her it meant she was “healthy.”“Speaking of healthy, I don’t know anybody else who is healthier than Chris,” she assured Lemon, who was wiping his eyes.Watch above.Read original story CNN’s Don Lemon Cries Over Chris Cuomo’s Coronavirus Diagnosis At TheWrap

  • CNN’s Chris Cuomo Announces He Tested Positive for Coronavirus

    Primetime CNN anchor Chris Cuomo announced on Twitter Tuesday he tested positive for the coronavirus.“Sooooo in these difficult times that seem to get more difficult and complicated by the day, I just found out that I am positive for corona virus,” he wrote in a statement that was posted via screenshot.“I have been exposed to people in recent days who have subsequently tested positive and I had fever, chills and shortness of breath,” he explained. “I just hope I didn’t give it tot he kids and Cristina. That would make me feel worse than this illness! I am quarantined in my basement (which actually makes the rest of the family seem pleased!) I will do my shows from here. We will all beat this by being smart and tough and united!”Also Read: CNN Staffer at NY Bureau Has Coronavirus, 1st Confirmed Case for NetworkHis announcement came one day after he bantered with his brother, New York governor Andrew Cuomo, about broadcasting his 9 p.m. ET show from what was clearly his basement. He even made reference in the Monday night segment to cooking dinner for his family over the weekend.CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter wrote in an article published to the network’s website that Cuomo feels “well” and will continue to broadcast “Cuomo Prime Time” from home. Cuomo is the third confirmed coronavirus case among CNN employees at the company’s New York offices, which he last visited Friday.See Cuomo’s announcement— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) March 31, 2020Read original story CNN’s Chris Cuomo Announces He Tested Positive for Coronavirus At TheWrap

  • Andrew Cuomo Ribs Brother Chris On-Air: ‘You’ve Always Been the Meatball of the Family’

    New York governor Andrew Cuomo and CNN primetime anchor Chris Cuomo continued their brotherly banter on air Monday night, ribbing each other over their mother’s favoritism and more.The silly “Cuomo Prime Time” segment, which has become a staple in the interviews about the older Cuomo’s management of New York’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, started off with the governor asking, “Where are you?”“I’m in the process of making a point, is where I am,” answered the anchor. (Editors Note: On Tuesday, Chris Cuomo announced he tested positive for coronavirus.)Also Read: NY Governor Andrew Cuomo Goes on CNN and Ribs Chris Cuomo Mercilessly: 'Mom Told Me I Had To' (Video)“I don’t recognize where you are. Where are you physically? Oh, you’re in your basement! You’re in your basement. I see,” laughed the governor.The younger Cuomo defended his choice to work from the basement, given the current requirements in New York that people stay at home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. From there, he told a long story about some of what he’s done while homebound, including making a special sauce for his family from a recipe that the brothers’ mother passed on to him.“She taught me how to make the sauce. She didn’t teach anybody else,” gloated the younger brother.“You’ve always been good at manipulation,” mused Governor Cuomo. “You’ve always been the meatball of the family. Some of us have to work, right? I don’t have the luxury of working for one hour a day.”Also Read: CNN's Chris Cuomo Announces He Tested Positive for CoronavirusThe journalist defended his job, saying it is full-time, but admitted the governor has been putting in a lot of hours during the pandemic and is gaining a reputation for comforting people.To that end, the back-and-forth schtick might have been cloying or contrived from anyone else or during a different portion of American history, but viewers seemed as into it Monday night as ever.“I am so goddamn delighted every time the Cuomo brothers do an interview together – perhaps the only time I’m delighted!” enthused one Twitter user. “Chris Cuomo and Andrew Cuomo are now my favorite publicly feuding brothers. Sorry Oasis guys,” said another.Watch the brotherly exchange above.Read original story Andrew Cuomo Ribs Brother Chris On-Air: ‘You’ve Always Been the Meatball of the Family’ At TheWrap

  • Trump Renews Attack on CNN’s Chris Cuomo: ‘I Should Release Some of His Dishonest Interviews’

    President Donald Trump renewed his criticism of CNN anchor Chris Cuomo Monday night, tweeting the anchor is “fake news.”“He is Fake News, will always be Fredo to us. I should release some of his dishonest interviews? Coupled with bad ratings, he’d be out!” he wrote, referencing a viral video from this summer that showed the primetime journalist reacting angrily to being called the name of a character in “The Godfather.” In the video, which earned Cuomo support from Fox News’ Sean Hannity, the New York governor’s brother compares “Fredo” to “the n-word” for Italians.Trump was promoting an end-of-year Breitbart piece that also took aim at the “Fredo” incident and promised a few more “embarrassing” Cuomo moments, too.Also Read: Sean Hannity Has Chris Cuomo's Back After CNN Host's Swear-Filled Rant Over 'Fredo' InsultA representative for Cuomo and CNN did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Trump’s attack.Trump also retweeted a video he tweeted once in November that featured a dubbed clip of Cuomo contacting his mother, former New York first lady Matilda Cuomo, via phone on a CNN set. Trump’s voice is dubbed in to offer responses to Cuomo’s statements to his mother.For the most part, Trump’s voice just calls Cuomo and CNN’s chief political correspondent Dana Bash “fake news.”Read original story Trump Renews Attack on CNN’s Chris Cuomo: ‘I Should Release Some of His Dishonest Interviews’ At TheWrap