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CNN Ratings Soar, Top Fox in Coveted Demographic

Both networks have their best-ever November numbers

(Newser) - The 2020 election didn't just inspire a record-setting number of votes—it also had America glued to the news. CNN and Fox News reaped the most benefits, with CNN dominating the coveted age demographic of 25 to 54 in November and raising its overall viewership by 135% compared to... More »

Even OJ Is Piling On Jeffrey Toobin After Gaffe

Legal analyst on hiatus after his way-too-personal mistake on Zoom call

(Newser) - Jeffrey Toobin's cringe-inducing gaffe is causing quite a stir. Motherboard was the first to report the unfortunate news that the New Yorker writer and CNN analyst began masturbating during a break in a Zoom work call with his magazine colleagues. Toobin has apologized for what he calls his "... More »

Jerry Falwell Jr. Made One Big 'Miscalculation'

He figured that as long as he kept Liberty U flush with cash, his own behavior wouldn't matter

(Newser) - When Jerry Falwell Jr. resigned as leader of Liberty University amid a sex scandal , critics were quick to call him a hypocrite. But that's not quite right, writes CNN religion editor Daniel Burke. Falwell never claimed the religious authority of his famous father. "He never pretended to be... More »

Trump Campaign Orders CNN to Apologize for Poll

Not going to happen, network says

(Newser) - CNN says that for the first time in its 40-year-history, it has been threatened with legal action by a politician displeased with its polling results. The network says it received a cease-and-desist letter from President Trump's campaign, demanding that it retract—and apologize for—a poll released Monday... More »

Next Role for CNN's Jeff Zucker: NYC Mayor?

He hints he's interested in interview with 'NYT'

(Newser) - CNN President Jeff Zucker is a busy man these days, given the George Floyd riots and the pandemic. But in an interview with media writer Ben Smith in the New York Times , Zucker suggests he's considering a big career switch. At the end of the article, Smith writes that... More »

Protesters for George Floyd Attack CNN HQ: 'Say His Name'

Protests for black man killed in police custody in Minneapolis erupt into violence in cities across US

(Newser) - Demonstrators marched, stopped traffic, and in some cases lashed out violently at police as protests erupted Friday in dozens of US cities following the killing of George Floyd after a white officer pressed a knee into his neck while taking him into custody in Minnesota. In Phoenix, Denver, Las Vegas,... More »

CNN Reporter Arrested Covering George Floyd Protests

3 crew members have since been released in Minneapolis

(Newser) - Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has apologized to CNN after three crew members were arrested early Friday by state police during a live report on protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. According to CNN , correspondent Omar Jimenez, producer Bill Kirkos, and photojournalist Leonel Mendez were reporting near a... More »

Greta Will Be on CNN Thursday. There's Controversy Over It

There's some 'confusion' as to why she's been asked to appear at a town hall on coronavirus

(Newser) - Greta Thunberg is confident she had the coronavirus a few weeks back—though it's not clear if that's why CNN has chosen her to appear in its Thursday town hall on the pandemic. Per the New York Post , the 17-year-old Swedish climate activist will appear with Dr. Sanjay... More »

Trump Gets Cease-and-Desist Letter From CNN

Campaign accused of distorting network footage in nationwide ad

(Newser) - CNN's parent company has sent a cease-and-desist letter to President Trump's reelection campaign, ordering the removal of a new ad using CNN footage in a manner that is "false, misleading, and deceptive." The minute-long ad released Sunday includes a segment from a conversation on a March... More »

Anderson Cooper Says 'He Wrote a Note,' Almost Loses It

The CNN anchor talks to Katie Coelho, whose husband died from the coronavirus

(Newser) - Anderson Cooper was nearly overcome by emotion Friday while interviewing a woman whose 32-year-old husband died of the coronavirus and left a heart-wrenching note, People reports. "It's very surreal," Katie Coelho told the CNN host about her husband, Jonathan. "I keep thinking in my head, there’... More »

Another CNN Host Has Virus

Brooke Baldwin says the symptoms hit suddenly

(Newser) - CNN news anchor Brooke Baldwin has tested positive for the coronavirus, the second on-air personality at the news network to face the disease. In an Instagram post Friday, Baldwin, 40, said that her symptoms—fever, chills, and aches—came on suddenly Thursday afternoon. She said she'd been social distancing... More »

Chris Cuomo Details His Scary Symptoms

CNN anchor chipped a tooth during severe shivers

(Newser) - CNN's Chris Cuomo revealed this week that he has tested positive for the coronavirus, but he's continuing to anchor his 9pm ET show from his basement. On Wednesday night, he talked about his symptoms with the network's medical correspondent, Sanjay Gupta. Some of the details, via Today.... More »

CNN's Chris Cuomo Tests Positive for Virus

He'll continue anchoring his show from his basement

(Newser) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has emerged as a prominent voice in managing the coronavirus outbreak. Now the disease just hit much closer to home. His younger brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, has tested positive for COVID-19, reports the Hill . The younger Cuomo, 49, tweeted the news Tuesday. CNN reports... More »

Trump, Familiar Foe Go At It in India

President, CNN's Jim Acosta spar in front of the world during news conference

(Newser) - Different continent, familiar result. President Trump's news conference in India on Tuesday featured a one-on-one spat with Jim Acosta of CNN, reports Mediaite . The two have sparred before , and Acosta even once temporarily lost his White House press pass. On Tuesday, Acosta asked Trump if he would pledge that... More »

Cooper, Blagojevich Faced Off Friday Night. It Wasn't Pretty

CNN anchor rips ex-Ill. governor over comparisons to Mandela, claims of 'corrupt prosecutors'

(Newser) - Rod Blagojevich, whose 14-year prison sentence was cut short after eight years by President Trump this week, says he's "profoundly grateful" to Trump for doing so. One person who doesn't seem to share that sentiment: CNN's Anderson Cooper, who took the 63-year-old former Illinois governor to... More »

Andrew Yang Reveals What's Next

A gig on CNN as a political commentator

(Newser) - What's next for Andrew Yang after the businessman dropped out of the 2020 presidential race? A gig on CNN. "I'm excited to join @CNN to help shed light on the election and the candidates' experiences. Learned a lot these past months and am glad to contribute to... More »

McSally Slams CNN, but Gets Pressed on Fox News

Her 'liberal hack' slam is still making headlines

(Newser) - Republican Sen. Martha McSally made some impeachment news of her own Thursday when she rejected a question from CNN reporter Manu Raju and called him a "liberal hack." The conservative Arizona senator even tweeted a video of their exchange, in which Raju attempted to ask her in a... More »

MSNBC Fans, This Face Might Greet You Every Day

Yes, it's Shepard Smith

(Newser) - MSNBC is mulling a shakeup that would give Chuck Todd a morning slot and bring in Fox News fugitive Shepard Smith—if, that is, the network can snag him. MSNBC insiders tell the Daily Beast that several networks want Smith, who quit Fox News last year, but no one's... More »

Kellyanne Conway Calls Out Wolf Blitzer Over Her Husband

'You embarrassed yourself,' she tells CNN host after he sought reaction to George Conway clip

(Newser) - On Wednesday, George Conway appeared on MSNBC to provide analysis of the first day of the impeachment hearings. The move made a splash because Conway is not only a frequent critic of President Trump but the husband of top Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, and he had not made any TV... More »

Experts Dismiss Trump's Threat to Sue Network

CNN calls the letter a PR stunt

(Newser) - President Trump's lawyers and reelection campaign have threatened CNN with a lawsuit for falsely calling itself a news organization. "Never in the history of this country has a President been the subject of such a sustained barrage of unfair, unfounded, unethical and unlawful attacks by so-called 'mainstream'... More »

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