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CNN Finds Unusual Way to Cover Sean Spicer

With cameras banned, it sends courtroom sketch artist

(Newser) - The White House had another no-camera press briefing on Friday, and CNN found a unique way to give viewers a look. It sent veteran courtroom sketch artist Bill Hennessy to draw Sean Spicer as he briefed reporters. It was the third time this week the White House has banned cameras... More »

CNN's Jim Acosta Goes On Rant About Sean Spicer

He says the White House is 'stonewalling' the press

(Newser) - CNN’s White House correspondent Jim Acosta did not hold back after being denied the use of camera and audio equipment to record statements by Sean Spicer at a press briefing Monday. According to Mediaite , the reporter hopped on social media to air his frustration, tweeting that the White House... More »

CNN Dumps Host Over Controversial Trump Tweets

Reza Aslan's special series will not have its second season on the network

(Newser) - Reza Aslan has lost his CNN hosting gig over controversial comments about President Trump. Following last week's London terror attack, Trump promoted his travel ban , prompting Aslan to tweet that the president is a "piece of s---" who "is not just an embarrassment to America and a... More »

CNN Takes Heat Over Sanskrit Quip

Host Alisyn Camerota's joke to Indian-American spelling bee champ falls flat

(Newser) - CNN is taking heat after a host assumed a teen spelling bee champ of Indian descent was "used to using" Sanskrit. The Washington Post reports the exchange occurred on the network's "New Day" program following 12-year-old Ananya Vinay's victory at Thursday night's 90th annual Scripps... More »

CNN Dumps Kathy Griffin

Comedian will no longer co-host New Year's Eve special in wake of photo flap

(Newser) - Kathy Griffin has been fired by CNN in the wake of her President Trump photo flap . "CNN has terminated our agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear on our New Year's Eve program," the network tweeted Wednesday. Griffin, who was also dumped by Squatty Potty in the wake... More »

2 Tough Headlines for Fox News

Bad news in the ratings department and the lawsuit department

(Newser) - Tuesday isn't shaping up to be a great news day for Fox News. Harassment lawsuits and sinking ratings are both making headlines:
  • Three new lawsuits filed Monday allege racial discrimination or sexual harassment at Fox News, deepening the network's legal woes, the AP reports. The cases increase to
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'Sean Spicer' Seen Cruising Through NYC on His Podium

That would be Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer

(Newser) - On Wednesday, she donned her press secretary suit to "I'm So Pretty" as she prepared to host this weekend's Saturday Night Live. On Friday, Melissa McCarthy went full-out Sean Spicer, "from the bushes to the streets" of New York City, riding her Segway-like podium right past... More »

Hannity Denies CNN Gun Story

Says he didn't point a gun at Juan Williams

(Newser) - Sean Hannity says he never pointed a gun at Fox News colleague Juan Williams, despite a CNN report to the contrary, the AP reports. CNN reported Thursday that Hannity pointed a gun directly at Williams and turned on the laser sight off-air following a heated segment last year. In a... More »

Amid Political Bickering, YMCA Gives Cable News the Boot

Because apparently, America, we cannot have nice political debate at the gym

(Newser) - You know how a few miles on the treadmill can really get your pulse racing? Well, it seems the same can be said of MSNBC and Fox News, so nary the two shall meet at the Greater Scranton YMCA, which has seen tempers get a little hot of late. "... More »

Jared Kushner Complains About CNN to Its Parent

He says the network is being unfair to his father-in-law, President Trump

(Newser) - Jared Kushner recently met with an executive from CNN's parent company and complained about what he sees as the network's unfair and anti-Trump coverage, the Wall Street Journal reports. Sources say President Trump's son-in-law and adviser took his concerns to Time Warner's Gary Ginsberg, with whom... More »

CNN Anchor Apologizes for 'N-Word' Analogy

Chris Cuomo likened it to a journalist accused of 'fake news'

(Newser) - CNN's Chris Cuomo is tired of hearing the phrase "fake news" tossed around constantly, but he's apologizing for an analogy he made about it. In an interview with Michael Smerconish on SiriusXM Thursday, Cuomo said, "I see being called 'fake news' as the equivalent of... More »

Jake Tapper Is Having a Moment

CNN anchor is drawing a lot of attention over fights with Trump team

(Newser) - If it feels like you've been seeing or hearing about CNN's Jake Tapper a lot recently, it's not your imagination. Tapper has emerged front and center in the media spotlight, particularly after a testy 25-minute interview with Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway on Tuesday in which he told... More »

A Travel Ban, a CNN Producer, a Lawsuit

(Newser) - A Trump administration official has called the president's travel ban a "massive success," but a CNN employee may beg to differ. Per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution , Mohammed Tawfeeq—an Iraqi national and permanent legal US resident who's an editor and producer for the news network—was held... More »

Trump Won't Take Question From 'Fake News' CNN

President-elect spars with reporter Jim Acosta at news conference

(Newser) - Things got a little testy at Donald Trump's news conference Wednesday when a CNN reporter attempted to ask a question. (See the video here .) Trump, angry about the network's reporting on sensational (and unsupported) Moscow-related allegations , immediately shut down CNN's Jim Acosta and refused his repeated... More »

CNN Sued for Racial Discrimination

Class action lawsuit filed against CNN, Turner, Time Warner

(Newser) - Current and former black employees of CNN and Turner Broadcasting filed a class action lawsuit against the companies and their parent company, Time Warner, this week, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The employees allege racial discrimination. CNN producer DeWayne Walker sued the network individually in January, claiming he was skipped over... More »

Network Anchors, Execs Summoned to Trump Tower

Sources say Trump slammed election coverage during meeting

(Newser) - Donald Trump met with some of America's top news anchors and execs at Trump Tower on Monday—and it wasn't to thank them for doing a tremendous job. The meeting was officially off the record, but sources tell Politico and the Wall Street Journal that Trump slammed the... More »

CNN Anchor's Hardest Election 2016 Moment

Brianna Keilar's mom died suddenly while Keilar was on campaign trail

(Newser) - It's been a tough, emotional election cycle for many Americans, but for Brianna Keilar, the turmoil leading up to Nov. 8 has proven especially difficult. The CNN correspondent recalls how her life on the campaign trail was altered forever in May, when she received a call from her dad... More »

CNN Cuts Ties With Brazile After Allegations of Leaked Questions

In latest, she allegedly passed one to Clinton camp before debate with Sanders

(Newser) - CNN is severing ties with Donna Brazile as hacked emails suggest she passed along questions to Hillary Clinton before a debate and town hall during the Democratic primaries. Brazile's contract as a CNN contributor had been suspended since the summer anyway, when she began serving as interim chair of... More »

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 »

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