Hollywood’s Beloved ‘Gender Rights’ Nonprofit Time’s Up Closes After Years Of Siding With Alleged Democrat Abusers

Hollywood’s Beloved ‘Gender Rights’ Nonprofit Time’s Up Closes After Years Of Siding With Alleged Democrat Abusers

After a dramatic launch at the 2018 Golden Globes in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the so-called “gender rights” organization Time’s Up raked in over $22 million from many of Hollywood’s most prominent names such as Oprah Winfrey, Meryl Streep, Shonda Rhimes, and Reese Witherspoon. Just five years later, Time’s Up is now officially closing its doors after the group was revealed to be nothing more than another partisan operation that opted to protect Democrats from the very type of sexual assault and workplace inequality allegations they claimed to be fighting against. Unsurprisingly, the celebrities who enthusiastically backed the legal fund are radio silent.

“Time’s Up will formally cease its operations by the end of January and direct its remaining $1.7 million in funds to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund (TULDF),” The Hollywood Reporter reported this week.

Time’s Up first revealed its partisan bias during Joe Biden’s presidential campaign when former Senate staffer Tara Reade came forward accusing a married Sen. Biden of pushing her against a wall, kissing her, and forcibly penetrating her with his fingers under her skirt in 1993. Although the organization claimed Reade’s allegations should not “go ignored,” it was later discovered that its own public relations firm, SKDKnickerbocker, was headed by Anita Dunn, a top Biden campaign strategist.

Dunn was also reported to have previously given Weinstein “damage control advice.” The irony — that Time’s Up was created in response to the Weinstein allegations as an effort to stop and prosecute other predators — is lost on no one.

“I actually cried a little because I felt really betrayed,” Reade told Law & Crime at the time. “They never told me that their public relations was run by Anita Dunn. I found out in real-time reading Ryan [Grim]’s article.”

“From my perspective: the payments look like a way to silence me further from getting my story heard,” Reade said of the conflicting interests between SKDKnickerbocker and Biden’s campaign.

It wasn’t that they were staying out of politics. Time’s Up was of course proud to take bold stands against politicians such as Donald Trump and figures like Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, over whom it organized a “national walk-out” based on the thinnest of allegations.

But Time’s Up’s silence on Biden and other Democrats such as Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax would be small potatoes compared to revelations found in New York Attorney General Letitia James’ 2021 report that Time’s Up chief, Tina Tchen, and TULDF co-founder Roberta Kaplan were asked by former Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office for guidance on how to respond to sexual harassment allegations brought by a former Cuomo aide, Lindsey Boylan.

Kaplan resigned from the Time’s Up board after the AG’s investigation found that Kaplan gave input on a letter Cuomo’s office drafted to rebut Boylan’s allegations.

“[Cuomo aide Melissa] DeRosa reported back to the Governor that Ms. Kaplan and the head of Time’s Up thought the letter was okay with some changes, as did [Cuomo ally Steven] Cohen, but everyone else thought it was a bad idea,” the AG’s report reads.

Less than a month after the AG’s report came out in the fall of 2021, Time’s Up’s A-list advisory board quietly dissolved. Celebrity names on the 71-member board included Witherspoon, Jessica Chastain, Natalie Portman, Janelle Monae, Brie Larson, Tessa Thompson, Padma Lakshmi, Laura Dern, America Ferrera, Kerry Washington, Tarana Burke, Alyssa Milano, Gretchen Carlson, Amy Schumer, and Julianne Moore.

According to Variety, Time’s Up co-founder Nina Shaw wrote an email to the members instructing them, “There is no need for your individual resignations, as the group no longer exists.” Further, she explained that “The goal behind a quick dissolution of the GLB [Global Leadership Board] was to shield all of you from unfair scrutiny.”

In other words, no need for the public handwringing and apologies that would normally be necessary had the accused not belonged to the Democratic Party. You may go quietly into the night.

Time’s Up’s disgusting partisan leanings ultimately disparaged and put an end to their own cause. They got what they deserved, but what about Hollywood’s most vocal and prominent #MeToo defenders and fundraisers? Will there be any repercussions or mea culpas about how their money went to support alleged predators like Cuomo? No, of course not.


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Fallen idols of the Liberal Press who Fell From Grace

Fallen idols of the Liberal Press who Fell From Grace


Fallen idols of the Liberal Press who Fell From Grace

Michael Avennati is the latest progressive icon to be idolized by the media before underwhelming supporters or facing legal troubles.

By Aaron Kliegman

Anti-Trump lawyer Michael Avenatti’s 14-year prison sentence caps a stunning years-long fall from grace right before the public’s eyes. He’s hardly alone.

In recent years, the mainstream media has spent significant time doting on and promoting several high-profile Democrats and anti-Trump figures who went on to disgrace themselves, often finding themselves in serious legal trouble, or losing their luster in other ways.

These figures were heralded as “rising stars,” great statesmen, potential future presidents, and groundbreaking visionaries only to lose influence and often be accused of misconduct, if not charged with or convicted of outright crimes.

Here are seven examples of such prematurely anointed onetime media darlings:

1. Michael Avenatti

Avenatti rose to fame while representing Stormy Daniels, a porn star with whom former President Donald Trump allegedly had a liaison. An uninhibited critic of Trump, he predicted the 45th president wouldn’t “serve out his term” due to the alleged dirt he was trying to publicize.

As a result of his bold predictions and blunt attacks on Trump, the lawyer became a regular guest on both late-night and daytime shows in 2018. He was especially a fixture on CNN and MSNBC, where according to one study he made 230 combined appearances over the course of a year.

Journalists hailed Avenatti for talking tough and posing “an existential threat to the Trump presidency,” even dubbing him “the savior of the republic.”

Many media outlets — including CNNPolitico, and New York magazine, among others — pushed the idea of Avenatti running for president as a Democrat in 2020.

But then Avenatti’s actions caught up with him. in June, he was sentenced to four years in prison for defrauding Daniels, following a July 2021 prison sentence of two and a half years for attempting to extort millions from sportswear company Nike.

Separately, he pleaded guilty in June to multiple counts of wire fraud in connection with taking money from his clients. He also admitted to obstructing the IRS’ attempt to collect millions in tax revenue owed in connection with his law firm’s purchase of a coffee company. Avenatti on Monday received a 14-year prison sentence for those crimes.

2. Sam Bankman-Fried

Sam Bankman-Fried, the now-bankrupt founder and former chief executive of cryptocurrency giant FTX, has received fawning media coverage over the past two years.

Vox, for example, hailed him as “an uncannily sharp altruistic billionaire.” The New York times touted the “crypto emperor,” noting how he always wore shorts and was “studiously disheveled.” Bloomberg Markets praised the one-time billionaire him for “wanting to give his fortune away.”

Then FTX collapsed and filed for bankruptcy last month. An estimated one million FTX customers and other investors are facing combined losses worth billions of dollars due to alleged misuse of the money by company leadership. A recently filed court document showed FTX owes its 50 biggest creditors nearly $3.1 billion. The companies’ total liabilities are estimated at more than $10 billion, as against roughly $1 billion in assets, according to media reports and court documents.

Bankman-Fried is facing allegations that he secretly transferred billions of dollars from FTX to another one of his firms, Alameda Research, which also filed for bankruptcy. He hasn’t been charged with a crime but may reportedly be charged with fraud.

Amid such reports, Bankman-Fried has denied knowingly committing fraud. “I did not ever try to commit fraud on anyone,” he recently told the New York Times, adding he “didn’t knowingly commingle” FTX customer funds.

The disgraced crypto mogul also said last week on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that he had no knowledge of “any improper use of customer funds” but admitted to not spending time and effort trying to manage risk on FTX.

Still, Bankman-Fried, a megadonor to Democrats, has continued to receive positive press coverage from prominent media outlets. Many observers in the crypto community have lambasted the coverage for glossing over key aspects of the FTX collapse in “puff pieces.”

3. Stacey Abrams

After Stacey Abrams lost the 2018 Georgia governor’s race and refused to concede, saying it was not “a free and fair election,” she became a star not just among fellow Democrats but also among the establishment media.

The Washington Post ran a 2020 profile describing her as a “runway supermodel … summoning her inner actress.” The story included a picture portraying Abrams as a superhero with a cape.

An article in the New York Times, meanwhile, explained how Abrams was “making politics a little less fake.”

The media was covering Abrams, a black woman, as if she was “celebrity news,” presenting her words as fact and “just seeing her as an archetype of demographics,” according to journalist Zaid Jilani.

Last month, however, Abrams once again lost — this time handily — in Georgia’s gubernatorial race. The result came after a federal judge ruled against a voting rights organization founded by Abrams, Fair Fight Action, which had filed a lawsuit to make changes to the state’s election system, arguing that it suppresses voter turnout.

“Although Georgia’s election system is not perfect, the challenged practices violate neither the constitution nor the [Voting Rights Act] VRA,” the judge wrote.

Weeks later, news reports revealed that the law firm of Abrams’ close friend and campaign chairwoman received $9.4 million from Fair Fight Action in 2019 and 2020 as part of its legal fees in pursuing litigation.

Fair Fight Action maintained the suit served an important role in drawing attention to voting inequities.

4. Andrew Cuomo

As the COVID-19 pandemic raged and lockdowns were in full force in 2020, then-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo became the star of the Democratic Party.

The governor’s candid daily press briefings and forceful action to shut down New York earned him national acclaim. President Biden even called him the “gold standard” for governors.

Members of the media praised Cuomo and compared him to Winston Churchill in writing. Journalists also pushed the prospect of Cuomo running for president. Some even called him the “acting president.”

Cuomo received an Emmy award “in recognition of his leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic and his masterful use of television to inform and calm people around the world.” He used the momentum to publish a book touting his “leadership” during the pandemic. The book contract gave the governor a seven-figure pay day.

Behind the scenes, however, a series of events was taking place that led Cuomo to resign from his office in disgrace.

In March 2020, Cuomo issued a directive for nursing homes to accept elderly patients with COVID-19. Thousands of people subsequently died in New York’s nursing homes.

Cuomo’s administration radically underreported the number of deaths due to COVID-19 in nursing homes. Last January, New York Attorney General Letitia James released a damning report showing the extent of the damage.

Months later, James released another report concluding that Cuomo sexually harassed at least 11 women, including current and former employees. The report also found that Cuomo oversaw a workplace culture “rife with fear and intimidation.”

Cuomo adanamtly denied the allegations, saying, “I want you to know directly from me that I never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances.”

Cuomo resigned last August. On her first day as governor, Cuomo’s successor Kathy Hochul acknowledged the state had suffered nearly 12,000 more deaths from COVID-19 than Cuomo told the public.

In September, Cuomo alleged James had evidence that undercut his accusers’ claims and asked the state’s Supreme Court to investigate her.

5. The Lincoln Project

In late 2019, several prominent Never Trumpers — including cable news pundits Steve Schmidt and Rick Wilson and lawyer George Conway, among others — founded the Lincoln Project, a political action committee dedicated to vilifying Trump.

The principals of the Lincoln Project routinely described Trump as an autocratic threat to America, once calling him the “greatest threat to the safety and security of Americans” on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The group released other ads suggesting Trump was suffering from a disability and unfit for office, depicting him as a murderous monster from a fairy tale, blaming him for every death caused by COVID-19, deriding him as “America’s worst president,” stoking fear that he’d stay in office for a third term and become a dictator, and dehumanizing senators who supported him as parasites that “drink the lifeblood of their hosts.”

Such ads won the Lincoln Project praise from the media. The New Yorker complimented the group’s “edgy tweets,” and the Washingtonian called it “one of the signature political groups of the 2020 race.”

“God bless the folks at @ProjectLincoln,” tweeted Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin.

CNN political analyst Julian Zelizer wrote the group “has shown the way by directly supporting Biden’s candidacy.”

Following President Biden’s inauguration last January, however, Lincoln Project cofounder John Weaver was accused of sexual harassment by over 20 young men, including minors. The Lincoln Project, meanwhile, was accused of protecting him, with reports claiming the other principals were made aware of the allegations weeks after the group was founded. They countered that they knew nothing about the alleged predatory behavior.

Weaver said he believed the messages were “consensual mutual conversations” and came out publicly as gay.

The group also came under scrutiny for raising tens of millions of dollars and channeling much of that money to consulting firms owned by two of the group’s cofounders and funneling some to its advisory board members.

Reports also shed light on a “toxic” workplace at the Lincoln Project.

Conway backed calls to shut down the group, although the group still remains politically active, but with less influence.

In October, Lincoln Project principal Reed Galen addressed the group’s past troubles, indicating he and his colleagues are only looking forward.

“I’m not so sure we have something to prove this time,” Galen told Vanity Fair. “The work speaks for itself. If people think we’re bad people, it’s still a free country, you get to think whatever you want. We don’t spend any time thinking about them. We’ve got a job to do.”

6. Harvey Weinstein

Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is currently serving a 23-year prison sentence after being convicted of a criminal sex act and third-degree rape during a 2020 trial in New York. (His attorneys have appealed the conviction.) He’s also awaiting jury deliberations in a second sexual assault trial that could result in 60 years to life in prison, plus an additional five years, if he’s convicted. Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

But before a wave of sexual assault allegations against Weinstein became public in 2017, he received glowing coverage in the media.

“Mr. Weinstein had his own enablers,” wrote Jim Rutenberg of the New York Times in 2017. “He built his empire on a pile of positive press clippings that, before the internet era, could have reached the moon. Mr. [David] Carr wrote in a 2001 New York magazine profile of Mr. Weinstein, of whom he was an astute observer: ‘As the keeper of star-making machinery, Weinstein has re-engineered the media process so that he lives beyond its downsides.’

“Every now and then, glimpses of his nasty side spilled out, like when he placed the reporter Andrew Goldman in a headlock and dragged him out of a party in 2000. Someone who was involved in that altercation, Rebecca Traister, wrote in New York’s The Cut on Thursday that it didn’t get the media attention it deserved because ‘there were so many journalists on his payroll, working as consultants on movie projects, or as screenwriters, or for his magazine.’”

Earlier in 2017, before the sexual assault allegations came to light, the Los Angeles Press Club gave Weinstein its “Truthteller Award,” calling him an example of “integrity and social responsibility.”

The allegations against Weinstein also became a problem for Democrat politicians, many of whom had received significant donations from the movie producer and political megadonor.

7. Jeff Zucker

Jeff Zucker resigned as the president of CNN earlier this year after acknowledging that he had failed to disclose a romantic relationship with another senior executive at the network. Critics accused Zucker of transforming CNN from “a liberal news outlet to a blatant tool for leftist politics.”

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Gov. Kathy Hochul Under Fire for $475,000 in Campaign Donations from Cuomo Appointees 

Gov. Kathy Hochul Under Fire for $475,000 in Campaign Donations from Cuomo Appointees 

Gov. Kathy Hochul (D-NY) is under fire for stretching ethics rules by receiving more than $475,000 in campaign donations from state officials who were appointed by her disgraced predecessor, former Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

A longstanding New York executive order that Hochul reissued on her first day in office prohibits campaign donations from state officials the governor appointed.

Despite this rule, Hochul took more than $475,000 in campaign donations from at least 40 political appointees or their family members who serve on government boards and agencies.

For example, Battery Park City Authority board member Don Capoccia donated over $56,000 to Hochul’s campaign in the months leading up to the Democrat gubernatorial primary in June.

In addition, Hochul received more than $90,000 from Joe Belluck, a trial lawyer who Cuomo appointed to serve on two statewide panels, and Belluck’s wife.

However, Hochul’s team argued the longstanding executive order does not apply to her because these donations came from state officials who Cuomo appointed.

“We’ve been clear from the beginning of Governor’s Hochul’s term that people who are appointed by her are prevented from donating once they are appointed. We have followed that straightforward standard consistently and strictly,” Hochul campaign spokesman Jerrel Harvey said.

Julie Wood, a spokeswoman for the governor’s office, argued Hochul has applied the ethics rule more “broadly and strictly” than her predecessor and claimed Cuomo’s team “violated their own rules.”

“Governor Hochul holds herself to a higher ethical standard,” Wood told the New York Times.

Despite Hochul’s argument, she later appointed Belluck to New York’s new Cannabis Advisory Board in June.

Republican nominee for governor Rep. Lee Zeldin blasted Hochul for taking donations from political appointees and their relatives and pledged to enact a “stronger” executive order to enforce the ethics rules on campaign contributions from statewide officials appointed by the governor.

Zeldin said:

Kathy Hochul’s name becomes more and more synonymous with corruption each passing day. When she took over for disgraced Governor Andrew Cuomo, she claimed she would change the culture in Albany. She lied, unless she was actually promising us she would make the culture in Albany even more toxic.

Each week, we are learning about new Hochul scandals, whether it’s giving massive no-bid state contracts to her donors, abusing state aircraft to fly around New York, or this latest scandal and countless others. Even during her time as Cuomo’s Lieutenant Governor, she was always silent, complicit or out to lunch scandal after scandal.”

“As Governor, I will sign an enhanced Executive Order stronger than the current EO, expanding the prohibited donor list to include spouses, and will call on the New York State Legislature to codify this into law,” Zeldin concluded. “We cannot allow this culture of corruption to continue in Albany. We need to end the corrupt Hochul-Cuomo machine once and for all and remove Hochul from office on November.”

Jordan Dixon-Hamilton is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write to him at jdixonhamilton@breitbart.com or follow him on Twitter. 

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Nolte: Chris Cuomo’s $125M CNN Lawsuit Contains Stunning Corruption Allegations

Nolte: Chris Cuomo’s $125M CNN Lawsuit Contains Stunning Corruption Allegations

Chris “Fredo” Cuomo pulled the trigger on his promised $125 million lawsuit against CNN Thursday, the far-left propaganda outlet that spreads conspiracy theories and political violence.

The lawsuit contains several stunning accusations about a CNN so corrupt, so in bed with disgraced former Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY), that CNN asked the governor to schedule news conferences during times that would boost CNN’s ratings.

The gist of the $125 million claim is that Fredo was unlawfully fired. In other words, he claims he did nothing wrong. The lawsuit says his termination was  “based on … false claims that Cuomo violated CNN’s standards and practices assisting his brother, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, during a time of personal and political crisis.”

The $125 million amount is based on what remained of Cuomo’s contract as well as reputational damage that will (hopefully) make it “difficult if not impossible for Cuomo to find similar work in the future[.]” (Emphasis is mine throughout):

As a result of Turner’s indefensible choice to unceremoniously fire him, Cuomo has been damaged in countless ways. Cuomo has had his journalistic integrity unjustifiably smeared, making it difficult if not impossible for Cuomo to find similar work in the future and damaging him in amounts exceeding $125 million, which includes not only the remaining salary owed under the Agreement, but future wages lost as a result of CNN’s efforts to destroy his reputation in violation of the Agreement. Cuomo now seeks to recover the full measure of his damages against Turner and CNN.

But then things get sexy and revealing… the way I’m reading it is that in order to prove he did not violate CNN’s standards and practices and therefore unlawfully terminated, Cuomo pretty much comes out and says CNN has no professional ethics. To make this case, he basically says, Hey, everyone was doing it, including the people in charge!

CNN has a long-established pattern and practice of selectively enforcing its policies based on cynical calculations of public perception. Indeed, CNN fostered a culture in which “exceptions” to the network’s standards and practices were routinely sanctioned, and that culture began at the top with Zucker and Gollust. As long as CNN’s ratings would not be hurt, Zucker and Gollust were more than willing to overlook major transgressions by CNN personalities such as Don Lemon and Jake Tapper, or even to engage in blatant misconduct themselves.

Cuomo then — tee hee — names names…

JAKE TAPPER

It’s not difficult to read between the lines and see that Cuomo is seething at Tapper for publicly criticizing him, which the sanctimonious Tapper did more than once. However, Cuomo also believes Tapper unfairly damaged his reputation, is a hypocrite, and that CNN’s willingness to forgive Tapper’s lack of ethics proves his case.

After detailing the numerous times Tapper attacked Cuomo, the lawsuit says:

In another troubling incident, Fox News reported on September 10, 2020 that CNN anchor Jake Tapper had repeatedly urged Congressional candidate Sean Parnell not to run against Rep. Conor Lamb, but to run in a “safer,” more heavily Republican district. Tapper reportedly repeated this advice in a phone call, text messages, and direct Twitter messages, one of which Fox News obtained and published. After the story broke, Tapper reportedly reached out to Parnell repeatedly asking him to make a joint statement to clear Tapper’s name of this obvious breach of journalistic ethics. CNN conducted no inquiry and imposed no disciplinary measures on Tapper.

This was a huge scandal.

DON LEMON

 For example, in November 2021, CNN anchor Don Lemon was widely criticized for a flagrant breach of journalistic ethics when actor Jussie Smollett testified at trial that Lemon had texted him to warn him that Chicago police did not believe Smollett’s allegations of suffering a racist, homophobic attack. Lemon had covered Smollett’s accusations and his subsequent investigation and prosecution, so intervening in the ongoing investigation by texting Smollett was an inexcusable breach of ethics. Yet CNN did nothing; Lemon was not disciplined in any way.

Who doesn’t remember that?

JEFFREY TOOBIN

For good measure, the lawsuit mentions CNN’s gobsmacking decision to keep Jeffrey Toobin on as a senior legal analyst “after he masturbated while on a video call with colleagues.”

But I’ve saved the best for last…

JEFF ZUCKER/ALLISON GOLLUST

According to Fredo’s lawsuit, not only did Zucker and Gollust know the extent to which Fredo was helping Governor Brother, not only did CNN encourage him to help Governor Brother, Zucker and Gollust colluded directly with Governor Brother for ratings and political purposes:

During the time when Gov. Cuomo’s appearances on Cuomo’s program were creating significant value for the network, CNN, through executives Zucker and Zucker’s second-in-command, Allison Gollust (“Gollust”), made a concerted effort to cement and strengthen the network’s ties to Gov. Cuomo and his administration and control his media presence for CNN’s exclusive benefit. CNN pushed Gov. Cuomo not to appear on other networks, intimating that not honoring CNN’s request might threaten Cuomo’s professional standing with the network.

It gets better:

CNN, through Zucker and Gollust, also requested that Gov. Cuomo hold his daily COVID-19 press conference at a time that was most suitable for the network based on its program schedule and when its ratings were weakest.

Can you imagine the quid pro quo involved with a politician if you can get him to agree to hold his press conferences to boost your network’s ratings?

And here’s where Cuomo claims CNN, by way of Zucker and his sidepiece Gollust, colluded directly with Andrew Cuomo to score political points against then-President Trump:

Zucker and Gollust acted as advisors to Gov. Cuomo during this time by providing him with talking points and strategies for responding to statements made by then-President Donald Trump. There is no question that, given the ratings and value Gov. Cuomo was generating for CNN, protecting him and his reputation was in CNN’s best interests.

And there it is…

And I believe every word of it. In fact, for years and years, I’ve been telling you this kind of stuff was going on at CNN.

And let’s not forget that this stuff shows that everyone at CNN is ethically compromised. They’re all guilty, every single one of them. They’re all corrupt and tarnished and dishonest hacks and liars.

Now, this doesn’t mean I’m siding with Chris Cuomo. Not at all. For this and a half dozen other flagrant ethical violations, including staging a fake video where he supposedly reemerged from a basement quarantine, this guy was bad news from day one.

The problem for CNN, though, is that it might very well be vulnerable on the issue of selective enforcement of an ethical code it never had. Also, if this thing goes to court and depositions are taken under oath… Oh, boy!

Bad people turning on other bad people, exposing, humiliating, and tattling on them.

It is glorious.

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Heck No, Andrew Cuomo, You Don’t Get To Pull The Cancel Culture Card

Heck No, Andrew Cuomo, You Don’t Get To Pull The Cancel Culture Card

Disgraced grandma-killer, alleged sexual harasser, and former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo cropped up on Sunday to blame “cancel culture” for his sins catching up to him, demanding a chance to “tell my truth.”

Cuomo started the speech with a self-pitying remark that “I’ve gone through a difficult period,” complaining that “the press roasted me” and “my colleagues were ridiculed, my brother was fired.” Later in the address, he blamed “the political sharks in Albany” who “smelled blood and exploited the situation for their own political purpose.”

He had the audacity to construe himself as the victim, whining “Twitter and newspaper headlines have replaced a judge and a jury.” He went on to bizarrely blame Tea Party Republicans for creating a “cancel culture” that is “about intolerance and exclusion” before throwing in an accusation that former President Trump is “the transcendent threat to our nation’s very democracy.”

Cuomo used the fact that none of his criminal allegations of sexual misconduct have been brought to trial to feign victimhood. He blamed New York Attorney General Letitia James, who launched a brief campaign to become the governor of New York last October, for politicizing her probe into his behavior. (And maybe she did, although that doesn’t automatically make Cuomo’s accusers’ stories untrue.)

Cuomo doesn’t get to pull the cancel culture card, though. I don’t say that just because he seems like a despicable, slimy person, although he does. I don’t say it because cancel culture’s biggest victims are the everyday, non-famous people who lose jobs, friends, and reputations for infractions against what the left deems acceptable, although that’s absolutely true.

Nor do I say that because Cuomo is a leftist, and the corrupt leftist media/Big Tech cabal is nearly always the perpetrator of actual “cancel culture” against their political opponents. Although that’s also true; after trying to shut down everyone from Nick Sandmann and Kyle Rittenhouse to then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh based on nothing but salacious lies, Democrats don’t get to suddenly complain when they’re bit by their own pitbull.

Remember: when Kavanaugh was confirmed, Cuomo himself released a statement saying it would “haunt us for as long as he is on the court” and “To Dr. Blasey Ford and all survivors of sexual assault, we believe you and we will fight for you.” He’s also said “There must be zero tolerance for sexual harassment in any workplace.” (Careful what you ask for, bud.)

But that’s not the main reason Cuomo doesn’t deserve to cry “cancel culture.”

The truth is, Cuomo has gotten off lucky. As bad as the allegations of groping and other sex pest behavior are, they don’t rise to the level of sending thousands of New York’s most vulnerable to their agonizing deaths, then trying to cover the scandal up — yet that’s exactly what he did.

In a March 25, 2020 directive, the Cuomo administration notified nursing homes that they would be required to accept Covid-positive residents, at a time Covid was not yet endemic. This policy saw more than 9,000 Covid patients sent into nursing homes, where thousands of grandmothers and grandfathers subsequently died alone, barred from spending their last moments with their families.

An initial state report of Covid deaths in nursing homes showed 8,740 deaths, many no doubt caused by the consequences of Cuomo’s directive.

But then, a previously unpublished number came out that was far higher: 12,743 deaths. An investigation by Attorney General James found Cuomo had undercounted the initially reported number by as much as 50 percent. Shortly afterward, Cuomo’s top aide Melissa DeRosa confessed that his office had purposefully hidden the real numbers, for fear of a federal probe.

[Related: My Mother Died Alone After Andrew Cuomo Trapped Her In A Nursing Home With COVID]

Cuomo’s financial ties to hospitals that pushed to send their patients into nursing homes make the scandal even more sinister. As Federalist contributors Willis Krumholz and Robert Delahunty explained a year ago:

The State Health Department ‘compelled nursing homes to accept patients who had tested positive for coronavirus.’ The policy was pushed by the non-profit hospital association, the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA). … The GNYHA is ‘one of the most influential forces in New York politics.’ Cuomo received $1 million from GNYHA in his reelection campaign, and the donation was engineered to remain secret until after his inauguration.

Sexual harassment by powerful men is bad. So is the falsification or concealment of information relating to a deadly infectious disease and government wrongdoing. But far, far worse is using political and legal authority to cause the agonizing deaths of a large number of elderly and other vulnerable people confined to nursing homes, and to do that as a cynical favor to monied corporate donors.

In a truly just world, Cuomo would be brought to account for his politically motivated and criminally deadly actions, not just for being an alleged perv. His sexual harassment allegations gave his media fan club a way to get him out of the public eye without a firestorm over the nursing home scandal, and if Cuomo was smart, he’d be thankful.


Elle Reynolds is an assistant editor at The Federalist, and received her B.A. in government from Patrick Henry College with a minor in journalism. You can follow her work on Twitter at @_etreynolds.

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Implosion: Jeff Zucker Resigns in Disgrace Just Weeks Before CNN+ Streaming Platform Launch

CNN is working hard to build hype for its new digital streaming service CNN+, which is set to debut before the end of March. But internal scandals keep usurping the spotlight, with CNN chief Jeff Zucker’s sex scandal becoming the latest bombshell to short-circuit the network’s publicity blitz.

In an unexpected announcement, Jeff Zucker resigned in disgrace Wednesday after it was revealed he has been in a sexual relationship with a subordinate, CNN’s chief marketing officer Allison Gollust, who used to work for former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D).

Allison Gollust, communications director for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Former CNN host
Chris Cuomo. AP Photo/Mike Groll, File/ Ben Gabbe; Seth Wenig-Pool/Getty Images

Zucker’s ignominious departure was the result of an internal CNN investigation into another recent network scandal — former host Chris Cuomo’s attempts to help his governor brother beat sexual harassment accusations.

CNN’s never-ending PR nightmare has put the ratings-challenged network in a precarious state in the crucial few weeks before CNN+ greets the public. Zucker was a key force behind the conception of the streaming service and served as its biggest public cheerleader, saying it would signal the start of a new era for the company.

“We will offer consumers a streaming product that grows the reach and scope of the CNN brand in a way that no one else is doing. Nothing like this exists,” he said last year.

In a recent interview with the New York Times, Zucker said CNN+ will go beyond traditional news and commentary, offering a lighter touch in the form of lifestyle and sports content. “We do want a service that has a wider aperture and is broader than just today’s bleak news.”

Andrew Morse, CNN’s chief digital officer. told the newspaper that CNN+ will occupy a central place in the network’s operations. “What we’re building at CNN+ is not a side hustle.”

CNN is believed to be spending vast resources to launch the service, lining up new talent that includes former Fox News host Chris Wallace, NPR veteran Audie Cornish, and Hollywood actress Eva Longoria. The streamer will also feature familiar CNN personalities, including Don Lemon.

Morse said CNN is budgeting for 500 additional employees, including producers, reporters, engineers, and programmers.

But with the network’s ratings in the toilet, questions abound as to whether CNN can persuade its shrinking audience to shell out a monthly subscription fee for the streamer on top of their cable bills. CNN hasn’t announced how much the streamer will cost but one unverified report put it at $5.99 a month.

As former President Donald Trump predicted, CNN has seen its ratings collapse since he left office in January, regularly coming in at a distant third place behind Fox News and MSNBC. The network’s Trump bump has vanished as viewers flee in droves, with the network averaging a mere 585,000 total viewers in primetime during one week in December, putting CNN in 17th place among all basic cable networks.

CNN’s biggest stars, including Brian Stelter, sometimes come in behind reruns of favorite sitcoms like The Golden Girls on TV Land, or kids shows like Paw Patrol and Spongebob on Nick Jr.

Host of Reliable Sources and Senior Media Correspondent at CNN, Brian Stelter. (Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

Many blamed Zucker for the network’s hard-left turn during the Trump years and thee subsequent ratings plummet.

Other scandals that have consumed CNN in recent weeks include the shocking news that two high-ranking network producers have resigned following scandals that both involved pedophilia.

Rick Saleeby, who was a senior producer for CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” is under criminal investigation following a Project Veritas investigation alleging Saleeby solicited sexually explicit photos of an underage girl.

John Griffin, who worked as a senior producer on Chris Cuomo’s show, was arrested in December on child sex trafficking charges. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which include allegations that he used Kik and Google Hangout to “persuade parents to allow him to train their daughters to be sexually submissive.”

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This Is CNN: 15 Embarrassing Network Moments in 2021

Fifteen embarrassing moments in 2021 rocked CNN, the self-identified “most trusted name in news” network owned by Ted Turner.

1.) CNN Contributor States the World Needs Another Hitler  

After seven months, Jeffrey Toobin returned to CNN in June after he was caught by a colleague at the New Yorker Magazine masturbating on a Zoom call.

Though Toobin was fired by the magazine after 27 years of working with the publication, CNN allowed him back on the air for an interview with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota.

“What the hell were you thinking?” Camerota asked Toobin.

“Obviously, I wasn’t thinking very well or very much,” he responded, noting he thought the seven month probationary punishment for masturbating in front of colleges “was excessive.”

“Many of us have really missed having your legal analysis on our programs,” Camerota confessed, “so let me be the first to welcome you back.”

“I’ve got a lot to rebuild,” Toobin explained. “But I feel very privileged and very lucky that I have the opportunity to do that.”

3.) David Chalian Claims National Mall’s Lights Are Extensions of Joe Biden’s Arms Embracing America 

Days before President Biden took the oath of office, CNN’s David Chalian gushed over lighting decorations that he believed were “extensions of Joe Biden’s arms embracing America.”

Chalian heralded a National Mall ceremony that paid tribute to 400,000 Americans who lost their lives to the coronavirus. The ceremony’s decorations included lights along the mall’s reflection pool.

“The contrast on display tonight was so stark, I mean those lights that are just shooting out of the Lincoln Memorial along the Reflecting Pool, it’s like almost extensions of Joe Biden’s arms embracing America,” Chalian compared Biden to Donald Trump.

“It was a moment where the new president came to town and sort of convened the country in this moment of remembrance, outstretching his arms,” Chalian continued to gush. “And contrast that with the video you just saw of a disgraced president, on his way out, at his lowest point in his presidency, at the very end here, by himself, fighting for his political movement to live on.”

4.) Dr. Sanjay Gupta Quested by Joe Rogan Why CNN Lied About Him Taking A “Livestock Drug”

CNN’s Gupta sat for an October interview with Joe Rogan and was questioned why CNN lied about Rogan taking a “livestock drug” to treat coronavirus. Gupta could not defend CNN and admitted the network “shouldn’t have done that.”

“By the way, I’m glad you’re better,” Gupta initiated the spat.

“Thank you. You’re probably the only one at CNN who’s glad … The rest of them are all lying about me taking horse medication,” Rogan replied about a treatment called ivermectin.

“It’s a lie,” Rogan continued. “It’s a lie on a news network … and it’s a lie that they’re conscious of. It’s not a mistake. They’re unfavorably framing it as veterinary medicine.”

“It can be used for humans! I get it,” Gupta said.

“Not just could be used for humans, is often used for humans along with all the other drugs that I took. All human drugs,” Rogan continued to press. “They know it’s a human drug and they lied. It’s defamatory.”

“Yeah, they shouldn’t have done that,” Gupta admitted CNN’s mistake. “I don’t know if it’s defamatory.”

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5.) Chris Cuomo’s ‘Love-a-Thon’ Interviews with Andrew Cuomo

Erik Wemple, a Washington Post reporter, called out the Cuomo brothers on CNN for their “love-a-thon” interviews during the pandemic.

The interview occurred while former Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) allegedly covered up nursing home coronavirus deaths. Andrew Cuomo later resigned over sexual harassment allegations that implicated his brother and CNN anchor Chris Cuomo.

As a result, Chris Cuomo was fired in December for his “involvement with his brother’s defense.”

“I would be remiss if I didn’t mention CNN’s own huge media story here,” Wemple said to CNN’s Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter.

“Chris Cuomo, the anchor at the 9 o’clock hour, who covered Andrew Cuomo and had all these wonderful love-a-thon interviews with him — more than 10 of them,” Wemple stated.

“They suspended the conflict-of-interest rule for Chris Cuomo for those interviews,” Wemple continued. “Yet all of a sudden they’ve enforced it again now that Andrew Cuomo was in the midst of a historic scandal in the Albany statehouse.”

“I think that is a major black eye for CNN,” Wemple concluded.

6.) Jussie Smollett Trial Revealed Don Lemon’s Texts

Before TV star Smollett was found guilty on five of the six charges in a case where he was accused of allegedly staging a racist attack on himself, Smollett’s trial revealed CNN anchor Don Lemon urgently notified Smollett that the Chicago Police Department was doubting Smollett’s alibi.

Smollett alleged he was beaten up by two supporters of then-President Donald Trump. Breitbart News reported:

Smollett called the brothers “liars” and said their account was “100% false. He testified over two days about being the victim of what he said was a hate crime, telling the jury ”there was no hoax.”

Abimbola Osundairo, who worked with Smollett on the Chicago set of “Empire,” and his brother, Olabingo Osundairo, also testified that Smollett paid them $3,500 for faking the attack. Smollett said the money was for meal and workout plans that Abimbola Osundairo was providing so the actor could be more toned for upcoming performances.

The Jan. 29 assault was reported to police, prompting a massive investigation that a lead detective said included some two dozen officers and 3,000 staff hours. The investigation — which included video from surveillance cameras, GPS and taxi and rideshare records — led police to the Osundairo brothers, who told detectives Smollett had staged the alleged hate crime.

Lemon has not acknowledged he was involved in the Smollett trial while reporting on the trial.

7.) Jake Tapper Loses 75 Percent of His Audience 

In June, Breitbart News’ John Nolte wrote The Lead with CNN anchor Jake Tapper lost 75 percent of his audience since January. Compared to the first quarter of the year, the show fell 49 percent:

Between May 31 and June 23, Tapper, a proven liar, and fabulist averaged only –LOL –708,000 viewers during his 4 p.m. ET hour. That’s down from 2.8 million in January.

By comparison, Fox’s dreadful Neal Cavuto walloped Tapper with an average of 1.1 million viewers during this same hour.

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Tapper’s second hour (5-6 p.m. ET) averaged only 799,000 viewers between May 31 and June 23. Fox’s The Five averaged 2.6 million viewers during this same hour, which means Tapper’s taking a jaw-dropping 229 percent beating.

 8.) Brian Stelter Drops 72 Percent Of Viewers

Brian Stelter’s Reliable Sources show also dropped significantly in the first half of the year, the Daily Wire reported, failing to attract one million viewers for 11 consecutive weeks:

CNN’s ratings have steadily contracted ever since the breach breathed life into its sagging viewership. Stelter attracted 1.3 million viewers in February, 1.02 million in March, 917,000 in April, and 836,000 in May.

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The ratings flop cannot be chalked up to a lack of interest in coverage of the media. “Reliable Sources,” which features Stelter providing commentary on the state of the mass media, airs in the same time slot as Fox News Channel’s “Media Buzz,” featuring former CNN host Howie Kurtz.  FNC’s media-focused show won an audience of 1.1 million, with 185,000 in the key television demographic.

“Fox News aired 12 different programs on Sunday alone that attracted a larger audience than ‘Reliable Sources,’” FNC reported.

9.) CNN Business Reportedly Investigated for Treatment of Women

Breitbart News reported in April that CNN’s parent company AT&T is investigating CNN business for the treatment of women in the workplace after Annalyn Kurtz, a senior editor, left the 60 person newsroom.

The alleged improper treatment reportedly stemmed from CNN digital, which is managed by senior vice president Meredith Artley:

During an “ask me anything” call on April 20, Artley reportedly mentioned the work environment assessment as ongoing. It is unknown what actions, if any, may result from the investigation.

The investigation comes after former CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin said before her departure, “The most influential anchors on our network, the highest-paid, are men.”

10.) Chief White House Correspondent Kaitlan Collins’ Bylines Restored

Kaitlan Collins’ bylines were restored at her former employer, the Daily Caller reported. “At least five potentially embarrassing click-bait stories written by the now CNN star when she worked at right-wing Daily Caller had mysteriously disappeared,” the New York Post reported.

The article in the Daily Caller had been published with the word “contributor” instead of a byline. “But the Web site appears to have since restored Collins, CNN’s star White House correspondent, as the rightful author,” the Post continued.

11.) Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) Demands Jake Tapper Apologize for Remarks About Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) 

Mast “lost his legs fighting for democracy abroad, although I don’t know about his commitment to it here in the United States,” Tapper questioned Mast’s patriotism in January.

Scalise told Fox News that Tapper’s comments were “disgraceful” and worthy of an apology.

“That was a disgraceful comment,” Scalise said. “Jake Tapper needs to just apologize and admit what he said was wrong. I’m dear friends with Brian Mast. Brian last night went to Walter Reed Hospital and worked out with wounded warriors.

“Brian lost two legs fighting for this country,” Scalise continued. “To question his love for this country and his commitment to this country when he literally lost his two legs and lost some fingers as a bomb squad technician fighting for our freedoms, he [Tapper] owes Brian Mast an apology.”

12.) Chris Cuomo Forced Out

Chris Cuomo was fired after CNN discovered he utilized sources to defend his brother, former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, against sexual harassment accusers.

CNN initially put Chris Cuomo on probation. But after more information was revealed to the network by New York Attorney General Letitia James, who released text messages between the CNN anchor and Andrew Cuomo’s top aide, Melissa DeRosa, Chris was fired.

Following Cuomo’s termination, CNN released the following statement.

Chris Cuomo was suspended earlier this week pending further evaluation of new information that came to light about his involvement with his brother’s defense. We retained a respected law firm to conduct the review, and have terminated him, effective immediately. While in the process of that review, additional information has come to light. Despite the termination, we will investigate as appropriate.

13.) Former Chris Cuomo Staffer Arrested for Alleged Sex Crimes

On December 10, John Griffin was arrested by the FBI and thereafter suspended by CNN after a federal indictment accused him “Attempting to Induce Minors to Engage in Unlawful Sexual Activity,” the indictment read:

According to the indictment, from April to July of 2020, Griffin utilized the messaging applications Kik and Google Hangouts to communicate with people purporting to be parents of minor daughters, conveying to them, among other ideas, that a “woman is a woman regardless of her age,” and that women should be sexually subservient and inferior to men.  On these communication platforms, Griffin sought to persuade parents to allow him to train their daughters to be sexually submissive.

In June of 2020, Griffin advised a mother of 9- and 13-year-old daughters that the mother’s responsibility was to see that her older daughter was “trained properly.”

14.) Jake Tapper’s Producer Under Investigation by Child Exploitation Squad 

On Tuesday, Breitbart News reported that police confirmed Tapper’s senior producer for CNN’s The Lead with Jake TapperRick Saleeby, is under investigation by a child exploitation squad:

Saleeby’s investigation comes after Project Veritas revealed video and text messages on December 15 that allegedly show him fantasizing about sex acts with his former fiancé’s underaged daughter.

Project Veritas revealed Saleeby’s information two days after their initial report on December 17.

Fairfax County police confirmed Saleeby’s investigation on Tuesday after Project Veritas investigators confronted Saleeby following a court appearance. Saleeby appeared in court to respond to a protective order placed against him by his former fiancé.

15.) CNN Airs Seven Days of Content Without Reaching One Million Viewers

In August, Nielsen data revealed CNN had gone seven straight days without reaching one million views each day from July 28 to August 3.

The ratings plunged for the network after former President Trump left office.

“Newspapers, television, all forms of media will tank if I’m not there,” Trump forecasted in 2017, “because without me, their ratings are going down the tubes.”

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Nassau County Declines to Charge Andrew Cuomo over Sexual Misconduct Allegations 

Nassau County prosecutors declined to bring charges against former Gov. Andrew Cuomo over sexual misconduct allegations stemming from New York Attorney General Letitia James’ investigation.

“Our exhaustive investigation found the allegations credible, deeply troubling, but not criminal under New York law,” Acting Nassau County District Attorney Joyce Smith said.

Nassau County investigated allegations that Cuomo inappropriately touched a state trooper at Belmont Racetrack in September 2019 in Long Island, New York. The unidentified state trooper is one of eleven women whose allegations were vetted during James’ investigation of Cuomo.

The state trooper alleged Cuomo “ran the palm of his left hand across her abdomen, to her belly button and then to her right hip,” while holding a door open for the former governor.

In James’ report, the state trooper said she did not plan to report Cuomo’s misconduct because she felt like she could not do anything about the situation.

“I’m a trooper, newly assigned to the travel team. Do I want to make waves? No,” she said, according to the report. “I’ve heard horror stories about people getting kicked off the detail or transferred over like little things. … I had no plans to report it.” The state trooper also described other times when she felt Cuomo’s behavior towards her was “flirtatious” and “creepy.”

Nassau County’s investigation was limited to Long Island’s Belmont Racetrack incident. Other counties like Albany are still investigating sexual misconduct allegations against Cuomo.

“It is important to note that our investigation was limited to alleged conduct at Belmont Racetrack, and prosecutors in other jurisdictions continue to review other allegations of misconduct by Mr. Cuomo,” Smith said.

“We thank the brave individuals who came forward and cooperated with our office during this investigation, and gratefully acknowledge our colleagues, Attorney General James and the New York State Assembly, for their diligence and collaboration,” she added.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo prepares to board a helicopter after announcing his resignation, Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, in New York. Cuomo says he will resign over a barrage of sexual harassment allegations. The three-term Democratic governor's decision, which will take effect in two weeks, was announced as momentum built in the Legislature to remove him by impeachment. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo prepares to board a helicopter after announcing his resignation, Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, in New York. Cuomo says he will resign over a barrage of sexual harassment allegations. The three-term Democratic governor’s decision, which will take effect in two weeks, was announced as momentum built in the Legislature to remove him by impeachment. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Cuomo denied the allegations of sexual misconduct, and his team continues to emphasize Cuomo’s innocence. Cuomo spokesperson Rich Azzopardi claims the former governor “did not remember touching the Trooper, but said that it was a common custom for him to acknowledge the presence of a trooper — male or female — holding a door as he walked past them.”

“This was only meant to be an acknowledgment of their presence and nothing more,” Azzopardi said.

Azzopardi claims that James’ investigation into Cuomo was politically motivated, evidenced by her short-lived run for New York’s governorship.

He told the Washington Examiner:

With each passing day it becomes more and more clear that the Attorney General’s report was the intersection of gross prosecutorial misconduct and an abuse of government power for political purposes … It was obviously a political springboard to remove Governor Cuomo so she could run for office, however, it was so poorly done and obviously, it backfired, and James’ run for governor lasted only 5 weeks.

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