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CNN Commentator Gets Mass Payout From Trump Campaign

Corey Lewandowski will no longer be getting monthly severance payments

(Newser) - Corey Lewandowski will no longer be receiving regular payments from the Trump campaign, USA Today reports. The former campaign manager and current CNN commentator received the rest of his severance agreement in a single lump payment from the Trump campaign. It was likely a payment of $80,000. "Everything... More »

Trump Campaign Paid CNN Commentator $20K Last Month

Documents show it was for 'strategy consulting'

(Newser) - CNN was widely criticized for hiring a former Trump campaign manager as a commentator back in June. So you can imagine the reaction now that it appears the network may have actually hired a current Trump strategy consultant. The Washington Post reports FEC filings from the Trump campaign show Corey... More »

First Nancy Grace, Now Dr. Drew's Show Canceled

HLN doesn't give an official reason for the move

(Newser) - Dr. Drew Pinsky's run at HLN has come to a close. The network says in a statement that CNN and Pinsky "have mutually agreed" that after six years, Dr. Drew On Call will air its final episode Sept. 22. No reason was given for the move, but when... More »

Trump Lawyer on Negative Polls: 'Says Who?'

'Which polls?' he asks in awkward interview

(Newser) - Donald Trump's lawyer has apparently decided that it's his turn to make the gaffes. In an interview with CNN Wednesday, notoriously combative Trump Organization attorney Michael Cohen interrupted host Brianna Keilar when she said that the campaign was "down," Politico reports. "Says who?" he asked.... More »

Trump's Fired Campaign Manager Already Has New Gig

Corey Lewandowski is CNN's newest political commentator

(Newser) - Unemployment didn't last long for Corey Lewandowski. The New York Times reports the campaign manager fired Monday by the Trump campaign became CNN's newest political commentator Thursday. Lewandowski gave his first post-Trump in-studio interview to CNN then apparently went straight to a meeting with CNN executives, according to... More »

Obama Has $6 Dinner With Anthony Bourdain

The president has soup and a beer in Vietnam restaurant

(Newser) - President Obama chowed down with Anthony Bourdain in a Vietnam restaurant on Monday and let the CNN personality pick up the check—which was only $6, Eater reports. Twitter photos have emerged of Obama walking into Bún cha Huong Liên restaurant, chatting with the Parts Unknown host (while... More »

Cruz's Post-Honeymoon Splurge: 100 Cans of Soup

It was Campbell's Chunky, Heidi Cruz revealed at CNN town hall

(Newser) - Ted Cruz showed up Wednesday for a CNN town hall—or what Gawker frames as "another glimpse into the waking hell that is Heidi Cruz’s daily life"—with his wife and two young daughters in tow, and Heidi offered up a personal, if bizarre, nugget of life... More »

Megyn Kelly: O'Reilly, CNN Should've Done More for Me

She says journalists need to stick together in the face of Trump

(Newser) - Fox News' Megyn Kelly is taking notes on who she feels could've been more supportive when she was attacked by Donald Trump, the AP reports. It's a list that includes both Bill O'Reilly and CNN. Kelly, in an interview with Charlie Rose to air on CBS' Sunday ... More »

North Korea: We've Got a US Prisoner

Man IDed as Kim Dong Chul tells CNN he spied on North for the South

(Newser) - "I'm asking the US or South Korean government to rescue me," was the plea of the man "frogmarched" into a Pyongyang hotel room in front of a CNN reporter. That man said his name is Kim Dong Chul and that he's a naturalized American citizen... More »

Pregnant CNN Anchor Faints On the Air

Poppy Harlow says she's going to be OK, as is her unborn baby

(Newser) - "Mondays, amirite?" That's how Timothy Burke describes Poppy Harlow's morning in his Deadspin post about the CNN anchor's scare on the air. Harlow was in the middle of a live CNN Newsroom broadcast on anti-ISIS efforts Monday when she suddenly started slurring her words while explaining... More »

CNN's GOP Debate Lineup: Good News for 2 Candidates

Christie returns as Paul saves himself

(Newser) - CNN has released the lineup for its debate Tuesday night in Sin City, and it's good news for two Republicans aspiring to sit in the Oval Office. Chris Christie, who failed to qualify for the main stage at Fox Business' debate last month, will make a return to... More »

Trump Says He Should Get $5M to Show Up at Next Debate

CNN 'doesn't treat me properly,' the candidate says

(Newser) - Donald Trump on Monday proposed that CNN pony up if it wants him to participate in its Dec. 15 Republican debate. Asking price? $5 million. He views the money as restitution ( NBC News calls it a "ransom"): CNN "doesn't treat me properly," Trump said... More »

CNN Ignores Lawsuit Threat, Airs Film on Campus Rape

Lawyers for implicated NFL player warned against it

(Newser) - CNN aired a documentary about campus rape Sunday night—and this one came with the threat of a lawsuit ahead of time. The network ran The Hunting Ground, a documentary first seen at the Sundance Film Festival, reports NPR . The most controversial part includes an interview with Erica Kinsman, who... More »

Refugee Tweet Gets a CNN Reporter Suspended

Elise Labott is off work for two weeks

(Newser) - A CNN reporter has been suspended for two weeks after tweeting her two cents about a House bill that would make it harder for Syrian and Iraqi refugees to enter the US. On Thursday, global affairs correspondent Elise Labott tweeted a link to coverage of the bill along with this... More »

GOP Debate Is Most Watched CNN Program Ever

1 in 7 US households tuned in to watch

(Newser) - Last night's three-hour Republican primary debate-athon was CNN's highest-rated program ever, proving the Trump-featuring debates are some of the most popular TV shows of the year, CNN reports. The main debate drew an average of 22.9 million viewers (the earlier undercard debate got 6.3 million), and... More »

Here Is Your GOP Debate Drinking Game

'Drink every time Carly Fiorina makes a joke about her own face'

(Newser) - It will likely come as no surprise to you that there are quite a few GOP debate drinking games out there in anticipation of tonight's event , but the one authored by Matt Taibbi over at Rolling Stone is particularly amusing. "The event is taking place in California at... More »

Fiorina Could Get Debate Spot After CNN Relents

Outcry leads network to change its mind

(Newser) - Up until this afternoon, it was looking like Carly Fiorina would be left out of CNN's Republican prime-time debate Sept. 16—even though Public Policy Polling's current polls put her at 10%, good enough for fifth among all GOP candidates, as Adweek reported. That's because the network... More »

Gupta Misled CNN Viewers in Report: Nonprofit

Group says claims he saved 8-year-old's life after Nepal quake aren't accurate

(Newser) - He didn't use the word "conflate," but Sanjay Gupta used many other words to try and clarify why a report he filed from Nepal after the April earthquake there was apparently filled with inaccuracies, the Guardian reports. The Global Press Institute, a journalist-training nonprofit, reports not only... More »

CNN's 'ISIS Flag' at Pride Parade Was Really, Er, Sex Toys

Network fails to recognize crude drawings on black flag

(Newser) - "Anyway, I seem to be the only person who spotted this, and nobody seems to be raising any questions or pointing it out," went the breathless report today from CNN's Lucy Pawle, who happened across what a CNN anchor called an "unnerving sight" at a London... More »

CNN 'Doomsday Video' Leaked

Ted Turner prepared final signoff, former intern says

(Newser) - "We won't be signing off until the world ends," Ted Turner vowed when CNN was launched in 1980—and he had a video prepared for just that occasion, according to a former intern. At Jalopnik , that former intern, Michael Ballaban, reveals the clip he unearthed in the... More »

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