• CNN’s Kaitlan Collins Fires Back at Trump’s ‘Faker’ Taunt: ‘Nearly 90,000 Americans Have Been Killed’
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    CNN’s Kaitlan Collins Fires Back at Trump’s ‘Faker’ Taunt: ‘Nearly 90,000 Americans Have Been Killed’

    CNN’s Kaitlan Collins redirected attention to the coronavirus crisis and its casualties Sunday night after President Donald Trump insulted her over a video that showed her removing her protective face mask.“Nearly 90,000 Americans have been killed by coronavirus, and the president is tweeting about me pulling my mask down for six seconds on Friday,” the reporter tweeted Sunday night.Her tweet was in response to one from Trump declaring her a “CNN faker.” The president took aim at Collins after his son, Eric Trump, posted a video of her removing the mask at the conclusion of a press briefing.Also Read: The Lancet Medical Journal Faults Trump's Coronavirus Response, Politicizing of Public Health“Just a reminder that @CNN is a total joke: ‘Mask-police CNN reporter @kaitlancollins caught removing hers at presser, as soon as she thought cameras were off,'” wrote the younger Trump.Trump spent Sunday attacking numerous news media figures by name. He attacked Collins’ CNN colleague Jake Tapper in a tweet that called CNN the “lamestream media” and suggested the network “illegally” smeared him and “got caught.”He also went after CBS News anchor Norah O’Donnell, saying she and “60 Minutes” have been “doing everything in their power to demean our Country, much to the benefit of the Radical Left Democrats.”“I also hope that Shari Redstone will take a look at her poorly performing gang,” he wrote, referencing the ViacomCBS chairwoman. ViacomCBS is the parent company of CBS. “She knows how to make things right!”Read original story CNN’s Kaitlan Collins Fires Back at Trump’s ‘Faker’ Taunt: ‘Nearly 90,000 Americans Have Been Killed’ At TheWrap

  • Trump Abruptly Ends Coronavirus Briefing After Tense Exchange With CBS, CNN Reporters
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    Trump Abruptly Ends Coronavirus Briefing After Tense Exchange With CBS, CNN Reporters

    President Donald Trump abruptly walked out of his own coronavirus briefing on Monday, refusing to answer any more questions, after a tense exchange with CBS’ Weijia Jiang and CNN’s Kaitlan Collins.During the Q&A portion of the press conference, Jiang asked Trump why testing in the U.S. was akin to a “global competition” for the president.“You’ve said many times that the U.S. is doing far better than any other country when it comes to testing. Why does that matter? Why is this a global competition to you if every day Americans are still losing their lives and we’re still seeing more cases every day?” Jiang asked.“Well, they’re losing their lives everywhere in the world. And maybe that’s a question you should ask China. Don’t ask me, ask China that question. When you ask them that question, you might get a very unusual question,” Trump said before pointing to a reporter behind Jiang.Also Read: White House Requires Staff to Wear Masks in West WingBefore another question was asked, Jiang — who is Asian American — asked Trump why he “specifically” told her to “ask China.”“I’m not saying it specifically to anybody. I’m saying it to anybody that would ask a nasty question,” the president said.“That’s not a nasty question. Why does it matter?” Jiang responded.Also Read: Trump Asks NBC News to Fire Chuck Todd After 'Meet the Press' Admits Airing 'Inaccurately' Edited ClipThe president refused to answer Jiang’s follow-up and pointed to a reporter “in the back” to ask their question next.“I have two questions,” CNN’s Kaitlan Collins began.“Nah, it’s okay,” Trump replied.“But you pointed to me. I have two questions, Mr. President,” Collins continued. The president refused to let the CNN reporter ask her questions and claimed that he was moving on because she “didn’t respond” when he first called on her.“I just wanted to let my colleague finish,” Collins said, referring to Jiang. Trump then refused to take any more questions from the White House reporters and abruptly left the stage.Watch the exchange below:Trump ends news conference amid clashes with journalists, after suggesting an Asian American reporter should "ask China" pic.twitter.com/4cmksFhfYu— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 11, 2020Read original story Trump Abruptly Ends Coronavirus Briefing After Tense Exchange With CBS, CNN Reporters At TheWrap

  • Anderson Cooper's Ex Benjamin Maisani Will Be A Co-Parent To Son Wyatt
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    "He's my family and I want him to be Wyatt's family," the CNN anchor said of Maisani. The two men split in 2018 after nine years together.

  • CNN’s Brooke Baldwin Reveals in Tell-All Op-Ed: Coronavirus Gave Me ‘The Gift of Connection’
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    CNN’s Brooke Baldwin Reveals in Tell-All Op-Ed: Coronavirus Gave Me ‘The Gift of Connection’

    CNN news anchor Brooke Baldwin opened up about the physical and mental turmoil she endured as she fought the effects of the coronavirus in a new personal essay, saying that the novel disease “took a full two-week beating on my body” but also taught her an important lesson on “the gift of connection.”“It took a full two-week beating on my body. I went to some very dark places, especially at night. Evenings would bring on an eerie melancholy, which was particularly odd for me — a glass-half-full/chemically blessed kind of gal,” she wrote in the op-ed.“On the darker days, I didn’t want to talk to anyone. After days of trying to stay physically apart from my husband, it just became impossible. He hated to see me suffer and he couldn’t not take care of me. He began to hold me in those darker moments and let me cry, whispering: ‘Everything’s going to be all right.'”Also Read: Chris Cuomo Details Coronavirus Nightmare: Tight Chest, Fever Spikes, Pools of SweatBaldwin tested positive for the virus on April 3, three days after fellow CNN anchor Chris Cuomo announced he also tested positive. Baldwin discussed how she slept up to 12 hours at a time while fighting the virus, spending the first couple of days isolated from her husband and dealing with constant body aches and a loss of taste and smell.“I was fighting constant body aches,” she wrote. “In the evenings, I started a habit of climbing into the bathtub for 45 to 60 minutes just to try to use the hot water to distract my skin from the all-encompassing ache that would begin in my lower extremities — the kind of ache that only two extra-strength Tylenol could eventually dull. Looking back, my sense of time feels warped and inexact. Some days crawled by tortuously slowly, while others disappeared unaccounted for in my memory, lost in the wash of emotion, sleep, and illness.”The column included candid photos of Baldwin dealing with the disease, slumped across her bed and sleeping with her dog.Also Read: Most Americans Think Trump Was 'Too Slow' in Addressing Coronavirus Pandemic, Pew Survey Says“Some days crawled by tortuously slowly, while others disappeared unaccounted for in my memory, lost in the wash of emotion, sleep, and illness,” she wrote. “My husband and I began sleeping in separate bedrooms and using separate bathrooms. He did his best to bring me soup, toast and tea, without making too much contact. The food didn’t matter much to me because I couldn’t taste or smell anything anyway.Despite this, Baldwin considers herself “one of the lucky ones” as the virus did not attack her lungs, a severe symptom of the virus that has forced millions of infected people around the world into intensive care units and onto ventilator systems.“I know hospitals are overwhelmed with patients — and nurses and doctors have been working tirelessly doing hero’s work. I am glad I did not add to their stress. And most of all I am grateful for the reminders this virus provided: First, that clarity comes from being quiet and listening to our feelings. And second, that connection is more vital to our health and happiness than we might care to admit.”Read original story CNN’s Brooke Baldwin Reveals in Tell-All Op-Ed: Coronavirus Gave Me ‘The Gift of Connection’ At TheWrap

  • CNN’s Brooke Baldwin Tests Positive for Coronavirus
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    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
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    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
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    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 below:pic.twitter.com/e9Ym9jeT2R— 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’
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    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 Lashes Out at Fox News and Other Media for ‘Destroying Themselves’ During Reporting on Coronavirus
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    Trump Lashes Out at Fox News and Other Media for ‘Destroying Themselves’ During Reporting on Coronavirus

    President Donald Trump lashed out at the media late Sunday night, criticizing news outlets — including Fox News — for near-constant coronavirus coverage and what he sees as criticism of his handling of the pandemic.“I watch and listen to the Fake News, CNN, MSDNC, ABC, NBC, CBS, some of FOX (desperately & foolishly pleading to be politically correct), the @nytimes, & the @washingtonpost, and all I see is hatred of me at any cost. Don’t they understand that they are destroying themselves?” he wrote at around 11:30 p.m., after a day full of tweets and retweets.Trump has been particularly critical of the media during the coronavirus outbreak. During a press conference Thursday, he attacked the New York Times and Washington Post, saying, “I know the truth and people out there in the world, they really don’t know the truth. They don’t know what it is.”Also Read: Fox News Media Headquarters in NY Hit With 4 Cases of CoronavirusMeanwhile, the outlets themselves have been ramping up measures to protect employees and outlining the seriousness of the threat facing the country in programming and articles.NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Craig Melvin have been hosting “Today” from their homes. At Fox News, where a fourth employee was confirmed to have tested positive for the virus on Saturday, hosts have implemented social distancing on all shows, sitting at least six feet apart from one another.The president has criticized Fox News for what he sees as attempts by the network to be “politically correct” repeatedly in recent months.Read original story Trump Lashes Out at Fox News and Other Media for ‘Destroying Themselves’ During Reporting on Coronavirus At TheWrap

  • Ted Sarandos: Coronavirus Has Been ‘Massive Disruption’ for Netflix
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    Ted Sarandos: Coronavirus Has Been ‘Massive Disruption’ for Netflix

    Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos says that all of the streaming service’s “productions around the world are shut down” because of the coronavirus pandemic, which he calls “a massive disruption.”“It’s unprecedented in history,” Sarandos told CNN’s Brian Stelter on Sunday.Even as usage of their service has increased from millions of people worldwide staying home on lockdown, Netflix is still navigating the coronavirus crisis.He noted that because Netflix plans “pretty far ahead” on developing new shows, the service’s release schedule is set for the next several months. He said that the challenge will come later in the year, as shows and films that were in production for release in late 2020 have been put on pause due to the ongoing pandemic.Also Read: Netflix Creates $100 Million Fund to Help Creative Community Affected by CoronavirusIn the meantime, Netflix is trying to continue any development that can still be done remotely, while supporting production workers who now find themselves in financial uncertainty. Sarandos said, for example, that writers for the adult animated show “Big Mouth” are holding remote table reads and “getting geared up for a time they can get back to work.” Netflix will pay two weeks’ wages to their production workers and also established a $100 million fund to support those in the entertainment industry hardest hit by the shutdown.According to Wired, usage of Netflix has increased by as much as 75% in some areas of the U.S. since last month, as over 75 million Americans have received orders from state officials to stay in their homes to prevent spread of the disease. In Europe, streaming has increased so much that the European Union has requested that media companies lower their bandwidth, something that Netflix has agreed to do by lowering bandwidth by 25%.“You can imagine, all viewing is up. It’s up on Netflix, on CNN on television in general,” Sarandos said. “The system has been very robust and can help out a lot of people. People certainly are watching a lot more Netflix. As Governor (Andrew) Cuomo said so beautifully, the best thing you can do is stay at home — we are trying hard to help.”Read original story Ted Sarandos: Coronavirus Has Been ‘Massive Disruption’ for Netflix At TheWrap

  • CNN Contributor Andrew Gillum Found in Miami Beach Hotel Room With Bags of Suspected Meth
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    CNN Contributor Andrew Gillum Found in Miami Beach Hotel Room With Bags of Suspected Meth

    The 2018 Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum was present in a hotel room where one man was treated for a suspected overdose and baggies of suspected crystal meth were found, according to the Miami Herald, which cites a police report.Gillum, a CNN contributor, “was too intoxicated to answer questions,” according to the Herald, but was able to leave the South Beach hotel room with no incident. He has not been charged with anything.In a statement given to the Herald, Gillum said, “I was in Miami last night for a wedding celebration when first responders were called to assist one of my friends. While I had too much to drink, I want to be clear that I have never used methamphetamines. I apologize to the people of Florida for the distraction this has caused our movement.”Also Read: Watch Andrew Gillum Concede in Florida Governor's Race to Ron DeSantis (Video)He also thanked emergency responders and said he intends to spend the next few weeks with his family in private.A representative for CNN did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Gillum, a former Tallahassee mayor, conceded the gubernatorial race to Republican Ron DeSantis in 2018. DeSantis caused a stir that August, drawing accusations of using a racist dog whistle during a Fox News interview while talking about voters potentially ellecting Gillum, who would have been the state’s first black governor.Also Read: 'Florida Man' Rom-Com Procedural From Nick Stoller Gets Put Pilot Commitment at FoxRead original story CNN Contributor Andrew Gillum Found in Miami Beach Hotel Room With Bags of Suspected Meth At TheWrap

  • Trump Campaign Files Defamation Suit Against CNN Over Opinion Piece
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    Trump Campaign Files Defamation Suit Against CNN Over Opinion Piece

    The Trump campaign has filed yet another defamation lawsuit against a media outlet for an opinion piece, with CNN the target of the campaign’s latest lawsuit on Friday.The op-ed in question, titled “Soliciting dirt on your opponents from a foreign government is a crime. Mueller should have charged Trump campaign officials with it,” was scrutinized for a statement that said the Trump campaign “assessed the potential risks and benefits of again seeking Russia’s help in 2020 and has decided to leave that option on the table.”“At the time of publication, CNN was well aware that these statements were not true, because there was an extensive record of statements from the Campaign and the administration expressly disavowing any intention to seek Russian assistance,” the lawsuit reads. “There have been no statements by the Campaign that either constitute or imply an intention by the Campaign to seek or consider seeking Russian assistance in the 2020 election, or to ‘leave that option on the table.'”The lawsuit is seeking “millions of dollars” in damages and a jury trial.A representative for CNN declined to comment.Also Read: Trump Campaign Sues Washington Post for Defamation Over Opinion PiecesThis is the third defamation suit that the Trump campaign has filed over statements made in opinion pieces. Prior to Friday’s suit against CNN, the campaign has also filed similar suits against The New York Times and The Washington Post.“The campaign filed this lawsuit against CNN and the preceding suits against The New York Times and The Washington Post to hold the publishers accountable for their reckless false reporting and also to establish the truth,” Jenna Ellis, the senior legal adviser to Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., told Fox News.First Amendment scholars who have spoken to TheWrap said that defamation suits like these are not likely to succeed.“It’s one of the functions of the press is to be allowed the latitude to say things without risking a libel lawsuit because we need room for opinion and the interchange and exchange of ideas,” Michael Overing, a digital media lawyer and First Amendment expert, told TheWrap last week.Read original story Trump Campaign Files Defamation Suit Against CNN Over Opinion Piece At TheWrap

  • CNN and Univision Announce Moderators for March Democratic Debate
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    CNN and Univision Announce Moderators for March Democratic Debate

    CNN and Univision announced the moderators for the March 15 Democratic debate Thursday morning. CNN’s chief political correspondent Dana Bash and “The Lead” anchor Jake Tapper will moderate alongside Univision’s Jorge Ramos. Univision’s Ilia Calderón will also be on hand to facilitate questions from the audience.The debate will take place in Phoenix, Arizona, from 8 p.m. ET to 10 p.m. ET.The announcement came the same day Sen. Elizabeth Warren dropped out of the race and one day after former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg suspended his campaign, too. The only candidates left in the race are Sen. Bernie Sanders, former vice president Joe Biden and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. Qualification threshold announcements for this debate are forthcoming, but Gabbard has not yet met the criteria for any debates this year.Also Read: Democratic Candidates Fling Attacks, but Few Stick in Latest DebateViewers — and listeners — interested in the 11th Democratic debate of the primary season will be able to catch it live as it airs exclusively on CNN’s cable channel as well as CNN en Español, CNN International and Univision. The debate will also stream live without a requisite cable login on CNN.com’s homepage, on mobile devices via CNN’s apps for iOS and Android, and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast and Android TV. It will also stream on Univision’s digital properties. The audio of the debate will stream on CNN’s Amazon Echo, SiriusXM and Westwood One Radio Network channels.Read original story CNN and Univision Announce Moderators for March Democratic Debate At TheWrap

  • Trump Blames CNN and MSNBC for Trying to Make Coronavirus Look ‘As Bad As Possible’
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    Trump Blames CNN and MSNBC for Trying to Make Coronavirus Look ‘As Bad As Possible’

    President Donald Trump lashed out at the media for its coverage of the coronavirus Wednesday, days after the Center for Disease Control said the potential public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high in the United States. The virus has already killed several thousand people abroad and affected thousands of others.He tweeted an attack on MSNBC and CNN that misspelled “coronavirus” Wednesday morning: “Low Ratings Fake News MSDNC (Comcast) & @CNN are doing everything possible to make the Caronavirus look as bad as possible, including panicking markets, if possible. Likewise their incompetent Do Nothing Democrat comrades are all talk, no action. USA in great shape! @CDCgov…..”Also Read: No, President Trump - Fox News' Neil Cavuto Has Seen Viewership Surge, Not a 'Ratings Drought'He added he plans to host a news conference on the coronavirus at 6 p.m. ET along with representatives of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.CNN and MSNBC did not immediately respond to requests for comment about being blamed for “panicking markets.” On Wednesday, U.S. stocks turned even lower as investors continued to assess the impact of the epidemic.Globally, more than 80,000 coronavirus cases have been confirmed, according to The New York Times, and nearly 3,000 people have died because of it. Outbreaks in Italy, Iran and South Korea this week have exacerbated fears the virus is continuing to spread. Those fears have also contributed to a stock market decline in the last few days.Facebook’s stock, for instance, has dropped from about $215 to $199 per share in the last five days, and that company has committed to removing any ads claiming to offer a cure for coronavirus.Read original story Trump Blames CNN and MSNBC for Trying to Make Coronavirus Look ‘As Bad As Possible’ At TheWrap

  • CNN Journalists Respond to Sean Hannity’s Twitter Attacks: ‘Quite Rich of You to Make That Accusation’
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    CNN Journalists Respond to Sean Hannity’s Twitter Attacks: ‘Quite Rich of You to Make That Accusation’

    Various CNN talent and representatives have issued responses to Fox News’ Sean Hannity as he’s berated them on Twitter over the past few days, calling his accusations “rich” and suggesting the real source of his ire is a forthcoming book about Fox News from CNN’s Brian Stelter.On Saturday, one day after attorney Michael Avenatti was found guilty on all three charges related to his attempts to extort up to $25 million from Nike, Hannity lashed out at Stelter online, tweeting a link to a piece that reviewed a number of television news hosts speaking to Avenatti before he was charged. Stelter’s face is displayed prominently in the lead image.Stelter, CNN’s chief media correspondent, responded with a reminder he’s writing a book about the relationship between some at Hannity’s network and President Donald Trump.“For my forthcoming book about Fox and Trump, I sent fact-checking Q’s to some of Hannity’s lawyers and confidants today,” Stelter wrote. “A few hours later, Hannity lobbed a bunch of Twitter missiles at me. Complete coincidence!”Also Read: Michael Avenatti Found Guilty on All Three Counts in Nike Extortion TrialHannity began his attack again Sunday, after Stelter addressed his own dealings with Avenatti during a segment of his Sunday show. Hannity’s renewed attacks came with a pretty self-aware preface: “Alright, I haven’t done this in a while and I’m sure the write-ups will say ‘Hannity rages in a tweet storm against .@brianstelter and CNN.’ But here it goes…”From there, he used insulting nicknames to describe Stelter and CNN’s senior media reporter, Oliver Darcy. He castigated Stelter for “arrogance,” then brought up cable news ratings, where Fox News has continuously outpaced both CNN and MSNBC.Darcy responded after Hannity accused the CNN team of being “stenographers” for network head Jeff Zucker, writing, “Given the level of stenography you do for the man sitting in the White House, it is quite rich for you to make that accusation against anyone else.”Similarly, Emily Kuhn, the communications director for CNN Digital as well as Stelter’s “Reliable Sources,” referenced the forthcoming book again Sunday, musing, “Must be an interesting book if someone is reacting like that.”Hannity tweeted another round of insults a few hours after that, calling the others “creepy” and “hacks.”Read original story CNN Journalists Respond to Sean Hannity’s Twitter Attacks: ‘Quite Rich of You to Make That Accusation’ At TheWrap

  • GOP Sen Martha McSally Calls CNN Reporter ‘Liberal Hack,’ Shuts Down Impeachment Trial Question
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    GOP Sen Martha McSally Calls CNN Reporter ‘Liberal Hack,’ Shuts Down Impeachment Trial Question

    Sen. Martha McSally called a CNN reporter a “liberal hack” and refused to answer his questions on Thursday, which took place in the halls of Congress. She went on Twitter later in the day to confirm and share the exchange.“You are,” McSally wrote in response to CNN’s Manu Raju about the moment she called him a “liberal hack.” She later included a video of the encounter. Raju, the network’s senior congressional correspondent, followed up a half-hour later with the CNN video of the incident.“Sen. Martha McSally, a Republican facing a difficult election race, lashed out when I asked if she would consider new evidence as part of the Senate trial. ‘You’re a liberal hack – I’m not talking to you. You’re a liberal hack.’ She then walked into a hearing room,” CNN’s Manu Raju tweeted initially on Thursday.Her refusal to answer a question about the impeachment comes as the Senate prepares to begin its impeachment proceedings. Congress impeached President Donald Trump in December and sent articles of impeachment to the Senate on Wednesday. Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani accused of being involved in the attempt to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s son in order to boost Trump’s re-election efforts, told Rachel Maddow on Wednesday that Trump “knew exactly what was going on.” He also said more documents related to the accusations against Trump will be released.Also Read: Latest Democratic Debate on CNN Tops Previous Two With 7.3 Million ViewersA representative for CNN did not immediately respond to a request for comment on McSally’s characterization of the reporter.Politico’s Jake Sherman commented on the interaction, calling it a “strange answer to a great reporter asking a question that literally every senator” was being asked Thursday.Sherman also pointed out that McSally’s predecessor — the late Sen. John McCain — had a funny relationship with Raju. He pranked him in the halls of Congress a few years ago while Raju did a live report, sneaking up behind him to make a silly hand gesture as he spoke.Read original story GOP Sen Martha McSally Calls CNN Reporter ‘Liberal Hack,’ Shuts Down Impeachment Trial Question At TheWrap

  • Latest Democratic Debate on CNN Tops Previous Two With 7.3 Million Viewers
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    Latest Democratic Debate on CNN Tops Previous Two With 7.3 Million Viewers

    CNN’s Democratic presidential debate Tuesday drew 7.3 million total average viewers with 2.1 million in the key demographic between 25 and 54, according to the network. Additionally, the live stream of the debate had a total of 4 million live starts, translating to an average audience of 467,000 total viewers.Tuesday’s debate, co-hosted with the Des Moines Register in Iowa, was CNN’s third ahead of the  2020 election and was the seventh overall. It was broadcast live on CNN, CNN en Español and CNN International, as well as streamed on CNN.com and DesMoinesRegister.com. The 7.1 million viewers tuned in to see former vice president Joe Biden, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, billionaire Tom Steyer and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.Also Read: Warren and Sanders Spar, Bloomberg's Twitter Trolls and 2 Other Highlights From 7th Democratic DebateIn November 2019, 10 candidates debated in Atlanta, Georgia, during the sixth Democratic debate, hosted by MSNBC. With 6.506 million overall viewers, it was the least-watched of the debates. CNN’s debate, the first of the year, outscored it Tuesday.Part of the appeal of Tuesday’s debate was its status as the last debate before the Iowa caucuses, the first nominating contest in the Democratic presidential primary process in 2020. The caucus takes place Monday, Feb. 3.Entrepreneur Andrew Yang, who appeared in the December debate, reached the donor requirement for the January debate but not the polling threshold (5 percent in at least four national or early-state surveys approved, or 7 percent in two early-state polls). He is still in the running.The debate was held one day after New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker suspended his bid. Booker failed to qualify for the December debate.Read original story Latest Democratic Debate on CNN Tops Previous Two With 7.3 Million Viewers At TheWrap

  • CNN Settles Defamation Lawsuit With Covington Student Nicholas Sandmann
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    CNN Settles Defamation Lawsuit With Covington Student Nicholas Sandmann

    CNN settled a defamation lawsuit with Covington Catholic student Nicholas Sandmann on Tuesday. A CNN spokesperson confirmed to TheWrap that a settlement was reached but did not comment on details.A lawyer for Sandmann filed a $275 million defamation suit against CNN in March 2019, saying the network’s coverage of the student’s encounter with Native American tribal elder Nathan Phillips in January of that year constituted a “vicious attack” against his client.“In short, the false and defamatory gist of CNN’s collective reporting conveyed to its viewers and readers that Nicholas was the face of an unruly hate mob of hundreds of white racist high school students who physically assaulted, harassed, and taunted two different minority groups engaged in peaceful demonstrations, preaching, song, and prayer,” according to the suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Kentucky.Also Read: Covington Student Nicholas Sandmann's Defamation Lawsuit Against the Washington Post Partially ReopenedIn July 2019, a federal judge dismissed a defamation lawsuit from Sandmann against the Washington Post, but it was partially reopened in October. There are still no trial dates for the suit against the Post or another against NBC News, both of which also focus on coverage of the interaction between Sandmann and Phillips.Representatives for the Washington Post and NBCUniversal did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s requests for comment.Read original story CNN Settles Defamation Lawsuit With Covington Student Nicholas Sandmann At TheWrap

  • CNN’s Brian Stelter Responds to Trump Ratings Attack: President Is ‘Misinformed’
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    CNN’s Brian Stelter Responds to Trump Ratings Attack: President Is ‘Misinformed’

    CNN’s Brian Stelter responded late Wednesday night to President Trump’s attacks on his show and his employer, saying Trump is “misinformed” by the media he consumes.In his nightly “Reliable Sources” newsletter, Stelter said “misleading ratings ’s get weaponized by Trumpworld.”Earlier Wednesday, Trump shared a Gateway Pundit post titled, “RATINGS CRASH: CNN’s Brian Stelter Just Fell To Embarrassing Low With Key Demo,” which borrowed heavily from Fox News’ digital reporting. Trump added, “Can’t believe @ATT keeps the management after yet another @CNN ratings dive. Nobody watching, NO CREDIBILITY! Maybe they should make changes at AT&T?”Also Read: Brian Stelter Defends CNN to Kellyanne Conway: 'We're Not Anti-Trump, We're Pro-Truth' (Video)In Stelter’s newsletter, he countered claims of poor ratings on his Sunday show, also called “Reliable Sources.” He wrote that in December, the program “was 1 in the 25- to 54-year-old demo in its time slot tenor five weeks, and Fox’s Show was 1 the other three weeks.”The Fox News article cited by Gateway Pundit and referenced by Stelter pointed out that the Dec. 22 episode of the CNN show averaged a new low of 85,000 viewers in the 25-to-54 demographic. In December overall, according to Nielsen ratings, “Reliable Sources” averaged 693,000 viewers with 152,000 in the demo. Fox News’ 11 a.m. ET competitor, “Media Buzz,” averaged 1.460 million viewers, of which 217,000 were in the demo.The problem CNN’s chief media correspondent identified wasn’t one with ratings so much as one with Trump’s sources of news.“So, no surprise, on Monday Fox’s website wrote about my lowest-rated week. I recognize they’ll never write about the other weeks. The result: Their readers are misled about the actual ratings race. Trump is now one of those misinformed readers, and he is spreading the info even more widely,” he wrote.Also Read: Trump Renews Attack on CNN's Chris Cuomo: 'I Should Release Some of His Dishonest Interviews'A representative for Fox News didn’t offer comment on Stelter’s statement.According to Nielsen ratings, “Reliable Sources” averaged 746,000 total viewers in 2019, and of those, 167,000 were in the advertiser-coveted 25-to-54 demographic. “Media Buzz,” averaged 1.340 million total viewers, 226,000 of whom were in the demo.Stelter acknowledged Fox News’ ratings success in his newsletter response to Trump.“The pro-Trump media invested in a narrative that proclaims other sources of news are dead or dying,” he wrote. “I’ve seen countless MAGA tweets cheering the imminent demise of CNN and MSNBC, when in fact ratings for al the cablers remain strong. Fox News is the highest-rated of all.”Read original story CNN’s Brian Stelter Responds to Trump Ratings Attack: President Is ‘Misinformed’ At TheWrap

  • Retired Gen Wesley Clark Throws Phone Across CNN Set After It Rings During Segment (Video)
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    Retired Gen Wesley Clark Throws Phone Across CNN Set After It Rings During Segment (Video)

    During a Wednesday appearance on CNN, retired Gen. Wesley Clark flung his cellphone across the room after it rang live on air.Clark was discussing about foreign affairs, diplomacy, and security forces in Iraq during a remote interview in the moments leading up to the disruption. When the phone went off, he just got it out and tossed it, telling “CNN Newsroom” anchor Jim Sciutto, “Sorry about that.”“That is the best reaction to a ring I’ve seen on the air,” Sciutto responded. “Nicely done, General.”Also Read: Mobile Killed the TV Star: Time Spent on Cell Phones Surpasses Daily Television ViewershipThe guest noted someone “caught it” off-camera, and then continued discussing Iraq and Iran.Prior to the offending ring and subsequent throw, the general had been talking about the United States’ reaction to protests that affected the embassy in Baghdad.“I’m glad we used diplomacy,” he told Sciutto. “I’m glad to see the Iraqi government being able to get its security forces engaged in this point. But this is like by the Iranians … this is like landing a left jab in a 12-round boxing match. This is just one more punch, so they’ve taken out and attacked some Saudi oil facilities. They were put back in place.”Clark served as a military analyst for CNN during the Iraq War in 2003.Clark did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the state of the phone after the toss or whether he was able to return the missed call.Read original story Retired Gen Wesley Clark Throws Phone Across CNN Set After It Rings During Segment (Video) At TheWrap

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

  • White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham Dismisses CNN’s Criticism: ‘No Different Than Any Other Day’
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    White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham Dismisses CNN’s Criticism: ‘No Different Than Any Other Day’

    CNN’s media team took on White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham over the weekend, saying that she declines to come on the network’s Sunday show and doesn’t fulfill the “traditional duties” of her role.In a statement to TheWrap Monday, Grisham responded by saying: “This weekend was no different than any other day when it comes to CNN.”Her reaction came after CNN senior media reporter Oliver Darcy pointed out on Saturday that with Grisham at the helm of President Trump’s communications team, “It’s not like the old days.”Also Read: White House Press Secretary Defends Trump Calling Opponents 'Human Scum': They 'Are Just That'“Back in the old days, we had a White House press secretary,” he said. “Now, it seems like we have someone who’s occupying the office of the White House press secretary.“We have someone who has the title of White House press secretary, but not someone fulfilling the traditional duties of the White House press secretary: Going out every single day in front of the cameras, taking questions from reporters, briefing the American public — because it’s briefing the American public that they’re doing, not just reporters — about what the White House is doing on behalf of them.”Also Read: White House Press Secretary Defends G7 Coming to Trump Property: The Trump Brand Is 'Known'Darcy continued, referencing Grisham’s appearances on Sinclair and Fox News: “Instead, what you have is someone who is going on the president’s favorite shows, the friendliest corners of the world for the president and this administration, and trashing the president’s critics. Stephanie Grisham might have the title of White House press secretary, but she’s really White House press secretary in name only, if you will.”Last week on “Fox & Friends,” Grisham defended the president’s use of the words “human scum” to describe “never-Trump” Republicans. During a previous appearance on Fox News’ morning show, she confirmed daily press briefings will not be coming back. She said at the time some reporters were “getting famous off this presidency.”Also Read: White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham Confirms Televised Briefings Won't Return Soon: Reporters Were 'Getting Famous' From ItDuring that appearance in September, Grisham reiterated her stance that Trump is his own best spokesperson, which she also said during an August appearance on Sinclair’s “America This Week.”CNN’s chief media correspondent Brian Stelter noted during his “Reliable Sources” on Sunday that Grisham “acts more like a propaganda minister than a press secretary.” He highlighted her slamming former White House chief of staff as being “totally unequipped to handle the genius of our great president” and her likening the impeachment inquiry to “a mob-lynching type of situation” as examples.On the show, in a subsequent tweet and, finally, in his nightly newsletter, Stelter posed Grisham a question: “If you are so proud and so confident in the ‘genius’ of ‘our great president,’ why don’t you restore the daily press briefings and tout his accomplishments and take questions?”A spokesperson for CNN declined additional comment, but referred TheWrap to Darcy and Stelter’s statements from the weekend.Also in Stelter’s newsletter: “Every week, the ‘Reliable Sources’ team invites Grisham on the program for an interview. Every week, she declines.”Read original story White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham Dismisses CNN’s Criticism: ‘No Different Than Any Other Day’ At TheWrap

  • Hillary Clinton is the New Beyonce
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    Hillary Clinton is the New Beyonce

    Bernie Sanders ad Hillary Clinton on stage at the Democratic debate in Las Vegas on Tuesday night. Photo: Getty Images Everyone—even Donald Trump!—can agree on one thing this morning: Hillary Clinton killed it last night. In the first Democratic debate, held in Las Vegas on Tuesday night and moderated by Anderson Cooper, Clinton came out swinging, reassuring the sorta worried Democratic party with a performance that said, “I got this.”