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Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 7:04PM EDT
CNN president Jeff Zucker will stick around through the 2020 presidential election
There was speculation that AT&T's takeover of Time Warner would result in Zucker's ouster, but he signed a new deal several months ago to stay as CNN's president.
Posted Tuesday 5/29/18 at 12:43PM EDT
Morgan Freeman's lawyer demands CNN retract sexual harssment story
A 10-page letter sent from Freeman's attorney to CNN president Jeff Zucker called last Thursday's article accusing Freeman of multiple instances of sexual harassment a "product of malicious intent, falsehoods, slight-of-hand, an absence of editorial control, and journalistic malpractice." Attorney Robert M. Schwartz pointed to two of the women named in the story who have denied allegations against Freeman. Schwartz also said CNN entertainment reporter and Freeman accuser Chloe Melas "baited and prodded supposed 'witnesses' to say bad things about Mr. Freeman and tried to get them to confirm her bias against him." He adds: "At a minimum, CNN immediately needs to issue a retraction and apologize to Mr. Freeman through the same channels, and with the same level of attention, that it used to unjustly attack him on May 24." CNN fired back at Freeman's attorney, saying: "The unfounded accusations made by Mr. Freeman’s lawyer are disappointing and are difficult to reconcile with Mr. Freeman’s own public statements in the aftermath of the story. The unfounded accusations made by Mr. Freeman’s lawyer are disappointing and are difficult to reconcile with Mr. Freeman’s own public statements in the aftermath of the story."
Posted Tuesday 4/03/18 at 11:20PM EDT
Why President Trump's tweet targeting CNN president Jeff Zucker was an implied threat
"President Trump's Tuesday tweet that CNN President Jeff Zucker's 'job is in jeopardy' is more than mere gossip. It carries an implied threat, because Trump could influence Zucker's employment status," says Callum Borders. He adds: "The president's inconsistent positions suggest that his true objection to the merger of AT&T and Time Warner might be his personal animus toward CNN, which he often decries as 'fake news.' What could move Trump to drop his protest? Ousting Zucker would certainly fit into an appeasement effort."
Posted Tuesday 4/03/18 at 1:44PM EDT
CNN fires back at President Trump for slamming the cable news network and misspelling Jeff Zucker's name
Trump referred to the CNN president, his former Apprentice collaborator at NBC, as "Little Jeff Zuker" this morning in anti-CNN tweet. CNN tweeted back, defending its staff and adding: "Jeff's last name is spelled Z-U-C-K-E-R. Those are the facts."
Posted Thursday 3/22/18 at 6:23PM EDT
Sean Hannity fires back at CNN president Jeff Zucker for calling Fox News a "pure propaganda machine"
"We interrupt our 24-7 Stormy Daniels hate Trump coverage........ CNN Fake News. Jeff, there is a reason crowds chant 'CNN Sucks,'" Hannity tweeted in response to CNN's Jeff Zucker saying Fox News was "really state-run TV" and a "pure propaganda machine." Meanwhile, Steve Bannon, who spoke at the same conference as Zucker, said: "You can’t name a more propaganda outlet than CNN."
Posted Thursday 3/22/18 at 1:53PM EDT
CNN president Jeff Zucker calls Fox News “state-run TV” and “a pure propaganda machine"
The CNN boss said Fox News does a "disservice to the country," noting that it has changed dramatically since Fox News founder Roger Ailes was forced to depart two years ago. “What has happened there in the last two years is somewhat shocking frankly. It really is state-run TV,” Zucker said on a panel discussion about the future of TV news. “It is a pure propaganda machine and I think it does an incredible disservice to this country.”
Posted Thursday 1/25/18 at 9:04PM EST
CNN president Jeff Zucker reassured his employees after security threat — and said he’s not leaving CNN for ESPN
At a town hall meeting, Zucker called this week's threat “a very, very rare occurrence." As for the ESPN job, Zucker said he has had no discussions with Disney. “I fully intend to stay at CNN and have no desire to work at ESPN," Zucker said.
Posted Friday 1/19/18 at 10:48PM EST
CNN president Jeff Zucker has emerged as a candidate for the ESPN president job
Zucker started his career as a researcher on NBC Sports’ 1988 Olympics coverage before running the Today show and, much later, the entire NBC network, where he helped make Donald Trump a TV star on The Apprentice. Now, after finding success at CNN, Zucker is reportedly lobbying for the top ESPN job to replace John Skipper, who resigned abruptly last month. Zucker “is an intriguing proposition,” according to Deadline, which adds: “He has a higher profile than any of the other potential candidates. He was able to reverse CNN’s linear ratings declines even before the Donald Trump-fueled political coverage ratings bonanza. He also successfully built the cable news network’s digital brand, overseeing a big online expansion.” UPDATE: A CNN spokesperson says: "“Jeff loves his job at CNN and has no interest in running ESPN."
Posted Thursday 11/30/17 at 1:38PM EST
Matt Lauer’s apology wasn’t much of an apology
The fired Today host may have said he was “truly sorry,” but his entire statement is “the latest iteration in the popular new genre of powerful men acknowledging their misdeeds while attempting to avoid admitting to serious wrongdoing,” says Constance Grady. She points out that the bulk of his statement is devoted to his regret at being caught. “For an ‘apology,’ it’s less ‘I am sorry that I did something terrible’ and more, ‘I am embarrassed that I was caught,’” she says. Eric Deggans adds that there has become “a sad ritual to these sexual harassment/assault media scandals; subject denies every allegation is true, yet still apologizes without admitting serious guilt; those still employed express sorrow, praise those who came forward.”
- With its latest statement, NBC News is pleading ignorance on Lauer while allowing that some women might have complained to someone
- NBC News reports there may be as many as eight accusers
- CNN president Jeff Zucker, former Today executive producer and NBC boss, said today of Matt Lauer: “No one ever brought to me, or to my knowledge, there was never, there was never a complaint about Matt. There was never a suggestion of that kind of deviant, predatory behavior. Not even a whisper of it, nothing like that.”
- Why Lauer is unlikely to ever be prosecuted for his alleged sexual assault of an NBC staffer in 2001
- Female Today staffers who didn’t flirt with Lauer were not considered good colleagues, People reports
- Today fans still showed up at Rockefeller Center in force the day after Lauer’s ouster
- GMA aired some of Lauer’s troubling clips this morning, while on CBS Gayle King said her thoughts are with Lauer’s wife and kids
- Paparazzi caught Lauer wearing sunglasses yesterday outside his Hamptons home