The Reason CNN Plus Failed Isn’t What You Think

The Reason CNN Plus Failed Isn’t What You Think

Strange as it sounds, CNN+ could have succeeded. The streamer’s rapid failure is a reminder that CNN fundamentally misunderstands its own brand. The network can’t be neutral because its definition of neutrality is out of step with the public’s—and it can’t be ideological for the exact same reason. This left CNN+ with nowhere to go.

Chris Licht, CNN’s incoming CEO, reportedly told staffers in a meeting that CNN+ “had an incredibly successful launch.” Just days ago, Sara Fischer at Axios reported executives at CNN and Discovery, the network’s new parent company, disagreed on this question. That’s likely because both camps disagreed on what success would look like for the streamer, which has about 150,000 subscribers as of now, according to Fischer.

Reporting from Fischer and others indicates CNN rushed the launch of CNN+ before completion of the Warner Bros. Discovery merger, again setting the streamer up for failure as new leadership inherited a product with which they were already displeased.

Warner Bros. Discovery took the dramatic step of killing the streamer a month into its existence because the executive ”didn’t think the economics behind its subscription plan made sense,” Axios reported on Friday. Those executives “thought there weren’t enough people willing to pay for subscription video news services to warrant the $1 billion investment CNN planned for CNN+ over four years.”

It’s certainly more complicated than CNN’s politics but, as Fox Nation proves, streamers can thrive when they’re lean and when they successfully target niches. The same goes for cable channels. (And podcasts, newsletters, YouTubers, etc.)

This is a consequence of the dynamic I often use to explain today’s late-night comedy: Why is Stephen Colbert, the most partisan and least funny man in late-night, generally the top host? By doubling down on #Resistance politics, Colbert built a dedicated audience just big enough to win the ratings war in today’s splintered landscape. He doesn’t have to put up the same numbers as Johnny Carson, so he doesn’t have to appeal to a wide swath of the public.

CNN is trying to be Johnny Carson in a Colbert world. The outlet is failing miserably to fulfill that goal, which is outdated anyway. It’s just a terrible business model, and even worse when you try to transfer it onto a new streaming platform with massive amounts of overhead.

Amusingly enough, Licht knows this better than anyone. In fact, his last job was with Colbert. As a savvy businessman, it makes perfect sense that Licht is quitting Twitter and trying to wrestle the network back to some semblance of neutrality.

As Fischer reported in February, “Licht and [David] Zaslav share a view that CNN was chasing prime-time ratings at the expense of the brand.” The same story, by the way, predicted CNN+ would shrink before it launched.

There’s a market for CNN+’s content, the problem is that it’s tiny. If you want to make money on a niche platform, you can’t spend like it’s a mass media platform. And if you want to be a mass media platform, your product can’t feel like a niche platform.

CNN’s TV ratings are miserable, but the comparatively tame website remains one of the top news websites in the world. Jeff Zucker, CNN’s disgraced former boss, loved the prime-time antics of Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon, both of whom embodied the network’s false but sanctimonious sense of neutrality.

Under Zucker, CNN ran an entire ad campaign purporting to be the network that could distinguish between apples and bananas, meaning they alone could be trusted to sort fact from fiction. They did this while perpetrating conspiracy theories and trafficking on an hourly basis in opinion and disinformation disguised as fact. MSNBC, on the other hand, more honestly embraced its ideological bent and did much better.

Don Lemon is not Walter Cronkite, but CNN still treats him as a neutral anchor. Surely there are some overeducated wine moms who lap this up like boxed Zinfandel. But there certainly aren’t enough of them to make a four-year $1 billion investment worth its while. By the time it launched, CNN+ had been lavished in $100 million.

Licht is correct that CNN’s brand used to indicate some sense of neutrality, of an outlet that could be trusted during breaking news events. He could try to turn CNN into an MSNBC competitor by dropping the false pretense of objectivity Zucker exploited and trying to get a big enough slice of that pie. But if he can still corner a niche—Republicans, Democrats, and Independents—that just wants news, he can probably get a bigger audience.

I don’t actually know how big that audience is anymore. Part of CNN’s problem stems from one of our deepest cultural problems: We no longer share a general consensus on foundational questions. Over at CNN, it’s “neutral” to embrace preferred pronouns and corporate trainings on critical race theory because opponents of those ideologies are seen as bigots.

As Saagar Enjeti of Breaking Points told The Federalist in 2020, “The highest readership in American history was whenever we had a burgeoning massive partisan news. That’s actually how most people got their news, when we had huge levels of literacy, and we even had huge levels of news consumption, of voter participation.”

“Places like the New York Times and the Washington Post and the mainstream media, which are carrying over their old veil of objectivity … but they have to post crazy critical race theory, because that’s what their upper-middle-class white subscribers want to hear,” Enjeti said. “And that’s fine, it’s okay. Seriously. The part that bothers me is that they then claimed to be the arbiter of truth and the paper of record in the United States.”

Enjeti is the hugely successful host of an independent news show that prizes authenticity over neutrality, understanding that’s almost an impossible standard anyway.

So how can the television network be neutral even if it really tries? This is the same problem that plagued Lemon and Cuomo. They honestly believe bananas are apples. That’s how insulated and ignorant they are. I’d say everyone at CNN should read “Coming Apart” but they won’t because its author has been condemned in the court of wrongthink.

CNN+ is a casualty of the network’s identity crisis, which is in and of itself a casualty of our national identity crisis. But without cynical and incompetent corporations like CNN, who told the country apples were bananas while pretending to do the opposite, we wouldn’t be so deep in the hole anyway.

Emily Jashinsky is culture editor at The Federalist. She previously covered politics as a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner. Prior to joining the Examiner, Emily was the spokeswoman for Young America’s Foundation. She’s interviewed leading politicians and entertainers and appeared regularly as a guest on major television news programs, including “Fox News Sunday,” “Media Buzz,” and “The McLaughlin Group.” Her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, Real Clear Politics, and more. Emily also serves as director of the National Journalism Center and a visiting fellow at Independent Women’s Forum. Originally from Wisconsin, she is a graduate of George Washington University.


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…


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.


 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?


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…


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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2 Intriguing Points About Durham’s Allegations

2 Intriguing Points About Durham’s Allegations

Two intriguing points about the Durham allegations

By: Andrea Widburg

There are few people who have followed the Russia collusion hoax as closely as Dan Bongino. That’s why I made sure to listen to his podcast the Monday after the story broke regarding John Durham’s allegations about the Hillary campaign spying on Trump Tower, Trump’s apartment, and the White House. Sure enough, Bongino had a couple of interesting points to make. Also, I’ll share with you my predictions about what’s going to happen on the Hillary side of things.

When I wrote about the Durham motion to investigate potential conflicts of interest between Michael Sussmann and his attorney, the law firm of Latham & Watkins, I focused on the core point, which was that Hillary’s campaign, acting through the Perkins Coie law firm, spied on Trump. Bongino, though, had a few more subtle points to make. You can watch his video here, of course, but here are the two main takeaways:

First, I missed something very important in Durham’s motion. Here’s what Durham wrote at paragraph 5: “The Government’s evidence at trial will also establish that among the Internet data Tech Executive-1 and his associates exploited was domain name system (DNS) Internet traffic pertaining to …”

What Bongino caught is that Durham wrote “among the Internet data … was domain name system … Internet traffic.” That strongly implies that DNS information, which simply means sites accessed, isn’t the only information involved. It’s possible that Durham can show that there rae other internet data that the Hillary camp exploited, things such as emails or shared documents.

Second, Bongino thinks the real bombshell in this is that Durham is warning Sussmann that Latham & Watkins is a very dangerous law firm to have representing him. The reason is that one of the top Latham & Watkins attorneys is a gal named Kathryn Ruemmler or, as Bongino calls her, “The Fixer.” He points out that Ruemmler has her finger in every single corrupt pie baked during the Obama administration.

Kathryn Ruemmler hugging Obama following a Supreme Court victory (Public Domain)

Before moving to Latham & Watkins, Ruemmler was Obama’s White House counsel and ran interference for him. But before that, she worked on the Enron case with Andrew Weissmann, the man who really ran the Mueller “investigation.”

After leaving the White House, Ruemmler represented George Nader, a convicted pedophile who set up meetings between Trump people and representatives of the United Arab Emirates. He eventually pleaded guilty to having helped the UAE put millions of dollars illegally into Hillary’s 2016 presidential campaign. Ruemmler also represented Susan Rice. Rice was the one who sent a memo to self on her last day in the White House assuring posterity that, when the Obama administration was spying on people, it was doing everything “by the book.”

Bongino believes that both Obama and, probably, Biden knew about the spying. Ruemmler’s job, as always, will be to keep Obama clean. As a power partner at Latham & Watkins, she can be expected to force the “Sacrifice of Sussmann,” if need be.

Here are are a few more Latham & Watkins tidbits that Bongino didn’t mention. Someone else who’s a partner there is Liz Cheney’s husband. That same linked article points out that Latham & Watkins gets a lot of business from “Chinese entities and countries whose human rights abuses and authoritarian rule have troubled the U.S. for years[.]” The article details the Chinese companies, along with their connections to the CCP and the corrupt countries the firm represents. Cheney’s husband, if he is only an average partner at Latham & Watkins, brings home $4.5 million annually for his work.

Finally, what about Hillary? This Daily Mail article says the press is starting to ask her questions about spying on Trump, but she’s not answering. When last we heard from Hillary, she was making noises about running again in 2024, a surprisingly reasonable thing to do, considering that no one wants Biden or Kamala or, although he wishes it were otherwise, Pete Buttigieg.

However, with the Durham revelations, my guess is that the Democrats will offer Hillary up as a sacrificial lamb for the party. She’ll be asked to take responsibility with the promise that she’ll get no prison time. Instead, she’ll just retire from the public eye, having taken one for the party and protected both the Sainted Barack Obama and the current White House occupant.

The problem with this theory is that it’s hard to see Hillary going down quietly. There’s a meme circulating that quotes Hillary saying that if she goes down, she’ll take everyone else down with her. In fact, she never said that, but it’s just the kind of thing she’d do.

What I’m reminded of when I look at the potential fight between Hillary and Obama over culpability is the divorce of a power couple I knew. They were very, very rich, and if they’d cut the marital estate in half, each of them would still have been very, very rich. However, by the time of the divorce, they hated each other. Therefore, each was willing to risk having exposed horrible secrets about him- or herself if it meant he or she could publicize horrible secrets about the other. You can read about the divorce here.

Incidentally, I see the same possibility that mutually assured destruction will fail in Chris Cuomo’s $60-million suit against CNN (which really means against Jeff Zucker). They should keep silent because each has filthy dirty laundry, but the urge to destroy the other may override self-preservation.


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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.


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.

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.”


Profiles In Courage: The Five Bravest Journalists Of 2021

Profiles In Courage: The Five Bravest Journalists Of 2021

The average American’s trust in the media is up slightly to only its second lowest number ever recorded. You know what that means? That’s right, it’s been a banner year for speaking truth to power, preventing democracy from dying in darkness, and sexual healing.

The corporate media continues to hit home run after home run, elevating the discourse, and making sure we all know that no matter what our lying eyes tell us, we’re getting a happy ending.

As such, it’s difficult to drill down to the most heroic of the heroes 2021 has delivered, but as I’m also something of a hero, I did the work. In doing so, I distilled the heroic number of heroes down to five, though I also encourage you to do the work. We’re all in this together.

Chris Cuomo: Bravery in Covering for Your Brother, Whose Deviant Proclivities You Share

Chris Cuomo

Remember when everyone was lauding the Brothers Cuomo? I realize it might be hard to reach back that far as it was over six months ago, but you can do it if you try. Andrew Cuomo was the governor, the one that was taking Covid seriously while Donald Trump was preoccupied with getting three vaccines developed. While it turns out the vaccines are more preemptive therapeutic than vaccine, they’ve likely prevented a number of deaths, unlike Andrew, who most definitely caused a bunch.

At least he didn’t get a chance to be really friendly with those his policies killed, I guess. Harassment and abuse also seem to run in the family, as heroism sometimes does, at least when we’re talking the absolute best families out there.

Because constitutional scholar Chris, like his brother, is also intrusively friendly. Some would call this assault, but remember, the Cuomos were busy speaking truth to power and without Chris’s coverage, Andrew wouldn’t have been able to bring his nipple rings to the world.

Jake Tapper: Bravery in Being More Partisan Than the Elected Democrats You Interview

Jake Tapper

Jake Tapper is the king of speaking truth to power, and of heroism. He almost deserves a category of his own, except he doesn’t, because he’s just better at obscuring the fact that he’s more adept at pretending to hide his leanings than his contemporaries.

Whether it’s running interference for artist/author/completely honest renaissance man Hunter Biden or bravely losing most of his audience by pushing fear porn, Tapper, who got his start as a campaign press secretary for Democrat Marjorie Margolies, makes sure to give concepts like “fair” and “balanced” a wide berth when presenting the “news.”

Chris Wallace: Bravery in Admitting You’re Not So Objective After All

Chris Wallace

Chris Wallace is a true profile in courage. While many of his greatest hits occurred in the run-up to Biden’s coronation or just after, he’s not stopped courageously being a hero in 2021.

Now he’s departing for CNN+, the “much-anticipated streaming subscription service.” While it may not actually be “much anticipated,” particularly since the network already lost its airport contract, at least Wallace is unlikely to have to take any leaves of absence for personal behavior, unlike some people.

Jeffrey Toobin: Bravery in Taking Marvin Gaye Too Literally

Jeffrey Toobin

When it comes to the modern colloquialism “you do you,” Jeffrey Toobin takes that more seriously than anyone. For this heroic act, he received a leave of absence. During his leave, he heroically continued to get paid while also, presumably, continuing to do himself.

Now he’s back and better than ever, if freaking out about the potential end of state-sanctioned homicide and how it might affect his desire to avoid personal responsibility can be considered better. But, given that he works at CNN, those traits are likely considered positives.

Joy Reid: Bravery in Being Unafraid of Labels Like ‘Sane,’ ‘Rational,’ or ‘Reasonable’

Joy Reid

Joy Reid is special. She once bragged about jogging in two masks. She sees cultural appropriation more frequently than Haley Joel Osment once saw dead people. She is beleaguered by time-travelers.

Throughout all this, though, she somehow continues to forge ahead, bravely speaking power to truth, not letting truth get in the way of power, and making sure the object of power is power.

It takes a special skill to heroically win such a battle of heroism, particularly when pitted against other heroic heroes, but Reid is the queen. Is that cisnormative? Probably. Maybe she’s the king. In any case, she’s the victor, which is likely a gendered term, even if we don’t know it yet.

Regardless, it’s been a heroic year, one full of absolute champions who were, and are, willing to not let things like “the Constitution” and “voters” get in the way of power. 2022 is promising to be even more flush with, and in need of, such heroes, such champions, particularly if truth continues to get in the way of power. May we continue to be blessed with such stalwarts. The future of the republic depends on it.

Richard Cromwell is a senior contributor to The Federalist. Husband. Father of three rambunctious daughters. Arkansan. Fan of whiskey and whisky. Originally an English major, Rich earned a degree in music business from Belmont in 2002. By day he produces shows and events for a local museum with a focus on giving back to the community. His writing can also be found at Pocket Full of Liberty. Follow him on Twitter, @rcromwell4.


The Federalist Staff’s 2021 Winners And Losers Of The Year

The Federalist Staff’s 2021 Winners And Losers Of The Year

News stories come and go every year, but what we remember are the people at the center of them. The Federalist staff has a few of those people in mind, for better or worse, that stood out in 2021. Here are our picks for the winners and losers of 2021.

Jordan Boyd

Winner: Parents

Some of the biggest winners this year were parents who saw the radicalization of their children’s education and fought back. What started as fighting against the tyrannical teachers unions and schools that wanted to keep kids at home glued to screens in the name of protecting them from COVID morphed into a national movement of people young and old who saw something wrong in their communities and did something about it.

Parents upset by the prevalent racism and radical gender ideology in their children’s schools found their voices in social media groups and at protests, spoke out at school board meetings despite hurdles created by schools and the Biden administration, learned how to file open records requests, and, in some cases, even gained enough traction to vote out corrupt and woke school officials and replace them with better candidates. Parents in Loudoun County specifically are highlighted in The Federalist’s documentary “Meet The Parents: How The Moms And Dads Of Loudoun County Took Back Virginia.”

[WATCH: Meet The Parents: How The Moms And Dads Of Loudoun County Took Back Virginia]

Loser: Anthony Fauci

It should be no surprise that Fauci is at the top of the “loser” list this year. In addition to being a complete political hack who moves the goalposts to suit whatever agenda keeps him on TV and in the good graces of the corporate media, reports released this year found that Fauci lied to Congress about funding for gain-of-function research, colluded with Big Tech to censor conservatives, and even authorized the torture of beagles in the name of “science.” Emails obtained by corrupt media who were unwilling to criticize Fauci also detailed the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director’s tendency to hide key COVID-19 information from the public to protect himself.

John Daniel Davidson

Winner: Kyle Rittenhouse

Defamed and smeared as a white supremacist and domestic terrorist by President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and the entire corporate press, Kyle Rittenhouse was vindicated by a jury of his peers last month year, acquitted on all counts and completely exonerated. The verdict affirmed what everyone who had seen video footage of that night of rioting in Kenosha, Wis., in August 2020 already knew: Rittenhouse was chased by a violent mob that meant to harm or kill him, and he shot three men, killing two of them, in self-defense. His victory in the courtroom was a powerful reminder that the American judicial system, despite its flaws, can still work — no matter what defamatory nonsense is spewed by our elites on social media.

Winner: Mexican drug cartels and migrant traffickers

The Biden border crisis, which began as soon as President Joe Biden took office in January and signed a raft of executive orders undoing most of former President Trump’s successful border policies, has massively enriched the cartels and migrant smugglers who control northern Mexico. These criminal organizations force migrants to pay thousands for passage through cartel-controlled territory and over the border, often collecting information on migrants and their families and forcing them into debt bondage long after they have settled in the United States.

Thanks to Biden’s failed border policies, which have created massive incentives for illegal immigration, cartel-associated smuggling networks are making billions in annual profits at the border. As long as Biden’s policies remain in place, this will be the new normal: record levels of illegal immigration and record profits for the cartels that control the border.

Kylee Zempel

Winners: Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers 

In a year full of elite losers, two football stars won big — for very different reasons. My winners for 2021 are Tom Brady — who carried a host of fans with him to Tampa Bay and now looks poised not only to be in (and win?) Super Bowl LVI, but to clinch his fourth MVP title — and Aaron Rodgers. Although Rodgers suffered a toe injury, missed a game with the Wuhan virus, and continues a rocky relationship with Green Bay, he showed some real tenacity and came out on top on vaccines and his bodily autonomy.

Losers: The Cuomo Brothers 

Where to even begin with the losers? Honorable mentions include the entire “Bachelor” franchise, which went up in the woke flames and never recovered; the Pulitzer Prize board, whose credibility is just completely gone after Russiagate; and Jussie Smollett, who will never be the guy who didn’t say this:

The losers of the year, however, are the Cuomo brothers, who started on top of the world and couldn’t have ended lower, mired in sexual scandal, exposed lethal policies, corruption, and an embarrassing resignation and termination. Farewell, losers. You won’t be missed.

Madeline Osburn

Winner: Kim Kardashian West

In reality, Kim Kardashian West has been winning for many years now, but 2021 seems to be the year that the rest of the world truly started taking her seriously. Maybe it’s because it was the year she finally ditched her manic, genius husband (although that’s no doubt a loss for her family and her children), or maybe it’s because she finally ended her family’s iconic reality television show (only to start filming another). Whatever the reason, the wins keep coming to Calabasas.

Her most recent win is passing the California “baby bar” exam, also known as the First-Year Law Students’ Examination. She failed the exam three times during the last two years, but after finally passing, Kim is eligible to sit for the final bar exam.

Other wins include her October hosting of “Saturday Night Live,” which may have been one of the only funny episodes this season, as well as her growing name recognition in the world of high fashion. Kanye introduced Kim to the world of fashion, including design icons like Balenciaga and Fendi, but this year Kim proved she has style beyond what Kanye emails her. Besides winning fashion awards and launching her own high fashion lines, Kim dominated the fashion event of the year, Anna Wintour’s Met Gala, with her transgressive, faceless Balenciaga ensemble.

Loser: Travis Scott

The loser of the Kardashian-Jenner circle is not Kanye, who is sadly still pleading with Kim to come back to him (and refusing to sign the divorce papers), but Kylie Jenner’s partner and baby daddy, rapper Travis Scott. We already knew Travis was a loser when he committed to a second child with Kylie while still failing to commit to her in marriage, but the bigger loss this year happened at his November Astroworld music festival that left 10 fans dead in Houston.

Scott now faces a $750 million lawsuit and has angered the families of the victims after his first interview in which he failed to take any responsibility for the violent crowd. Even though Scott has a history of inciting music-festival crowds to ignore security and violently storm the stage, he has painted himself a victim of the tragic Astroworld incident, claiming his earpiece rendered him completely unaware of the stampeding crowd in front of him.

Loser: Simone Biles

Because she literally lost – err, decided not to compete – for her team at the 2021 Olympics.

Tristan Justice

Winner: Britney Spears

After being locked under the bondage of conservatorship for more than a decade, the princess of pop is finally free. In November, Britney Spears reclaimed her autonomy when an LA judge ruled the singer’s court-ordered conservatorship had finally run its course.

Reserved for those who suffer debilitating conditions, which include severe mental issues or old age, Spears spent years fighting for her freedom. The pop star’s productivity over the 13 years since her conservatorship’s inception cast doubt the arrangement was ever needed, where the world-famous icon filled stadiums on three world tours with four new albums amassing a Forbes-estimated fortune of $60 million in the process, a fortune off-limits to the singer who earned it.

In June, Spears gave a full-throated plea for the conservatorship to end in her first public remarks on the arrangement that suffocated her for years. “I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive,” she said. Five months later, the judge agreed.


Liz Cheney

Liz Cheney started the year off on a crusade to recruit Republican support for the Democrats’ snap impeachment of President Donald Trump in January. She finished the year fabricating evidence in pursuit of the same goal ridding the Republican Party of Trump’s influence post-presidency.

In the end, only nine other Republicans voted with Cheney in support of conviction, several of whom had already declared their intent to do so. The futile effort offered a preview of bad year for the Wyoming lawmaker who now faces a competitive primary challenge from Trump-endorsed attorney Harriet Hageman.

After getting kicked from House leadership for her persistent antagonism of the Republican voter and efforts to undermine the conference she chaired, Cheney is now raking in money from the same donors who fund the Lincoln Project to save her hopes of securing a fourth term.

Lincoln Project

The Lincoln Project continued to expose itself as a haven for bad-faith grifters this year when the blue-dollar-funded PAC was caught staging a race hoax in Virginia.

Its leadership began to flee at the start of the year as the scandal-plagued group cratered under credible allegations of sexual misconduct against co-founder John Weaver, who resigned after 21 men came forward. Some were underage when Weaver allegedly approached them inappropriately.

A Democrat super PAC masquerading as Republican, the latter label given to the group by a complicit media establishment, the group founded to oppose Donald Trump has struggled to find relevance in an era of the post-Trump presidency. Just two weeks ago, Politico ran the headline, “No one seems to like the Lincoln Project anymore.”

Girls’ Sports

A lot of men are breaking records for women. On day one of his presidency, Joe Biden signed an executive order seeking the erasure of women’s sports by mandating federally-funded schools allow biological males compete in female leagues.

Earlier this month, 22-year-old Lia Thomas, who spent three years swimming for the University of Pennsylvania as Will Thomas, set another record in the 1650-meter freestyle. In November, Thomas set records in the 200-meter and 500-meter freestyle races.

More women’s records will be broken by more men competing as women.


CNN Producer Charged With Luring Underage Girls Into His Home For ‘Sexual’ Training

CNN Producer Charged With Luring Underage Girls Into His Home For ‘Sexual’ Training

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A CNN producer who worked closely with disgraced former anchor Chris Cuomo was charged this week for allegedly attempting to entice parents of underage girls to hand over their daughters for sexual training hosted by himself.

John Griffin, 44, was arrested by the FBI on Friday after he was charged with “three counts of using a facility of interstate commerce to attempt to entice minors to engage in unlawful sexual activity” by a federal grand jury in Vermont.

Griffin, who has a long history of working for corporate media companies and was with CNN for nearly nine years, allegedly used online messaging platforms such as Kik and Google Hangouts from April 2020 to July 2020 to reportedly lure parents and their underage daughters to his house where he bragged that he could teach them sexually. According to the U.S. Department of Justice’s official press release, Griffin allegedly said a “woman is a woman regardless of her age,” and boasted that he could teach girls how to become sexually submissive.

Griffin started in April 2020 by trying to entice minors to engage in sexual activity online and even offered to host a “virtual training session” where he reportedly instructed a mother and daughter to do sexual acts in front of him. In June of 2020, Griffin allegedly convinced and paid a mother with two underage daughters $3,000 to fly her 9-year-old across the country from Nevada to Boston to be “trained properly.”

“The mother and child flew to Boston in July of 2020, where Griffin picked them up in his Tesla and drove them to his Ludlow house. At the house, the daughter was directed to engage in, and did engage in, unlawful sexual activity,” the press release stated.

Griffin allegedly made a similar offer to the mother of a 16-year-old girl that same month.

If convicted, Griffin could face life in prison, and “the federal government intends to seek the forfeiture of Griffin’s Ludlow house, his Tesla, a Mercedes, and other property that was used in the commission of the charged offenses.”

Griffin often bragged about his closeness to Cuomo, who was fired from the network last week for his role in covering up his brother’s sexual misconduct scandal, on his LinkedIn page. 

“LEAD ANCHOR’S SENIOR PRODUCER, CNN ‘NEW DAY.’ Works shoulder-to-shoulder with lead anchor Chris Cuomo, seeing him through each show and producing live breaking news across the country and around the world,” Griffin wrote.


Report: Chris Cuomo Had Sexual Misconduct Allegation Against Him

Report: Chris Cuomo Had Sexual Misconduct Allegation Against Him

Disgraced CNN anchor Chris Cuomo had a sexual misconduct allegation against him, which reportedly may have contributed to his firing, according to an attorney for his accuser.

In a statement on Sunday, just one day after news broke of Cuomo’s firing from the network, attorney Debra Katz, who also represented one of Andrew Cuomo’s accusers, said that her unnamed client came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Cuomo after he made comments on-air positioning himself as an ally of women.

“Hearing the hypocrisy of Chris Cuomo’s on-air words and disgusted by his efforts to try to discredit these women, my client retained counsel to report his serious sexual misconduct against her to CNN,” Katz said in a statement.

Katz said her client reported the allegations to CNN and offered to provide “documentary evidence.”

“My client came forward at this time because she felt in sharing her story and related documentation, she could help protect other women,” Katz said.

The allegations against Cuomo were made by a junior colleague from another network who did not work for CNN, according to the New York Times. CNN did not specify the extent to which the allegations contributed to his firing.

“Based on the report we received regarding Chris’s conduct with his brother’s defense, we had cause to terminate. When new allegations came to us this week, we took them seriously, and saw no reason to delay taking immediate action,” a spokesperson said on Saturday.

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo and Chris Cuomo attend a screening of "RX: Early Detection A Cancer Journey With Sandra Lee" during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festiva at SVA

Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo and Chris Cuomo attend a screening of “RX: Early Detection A Cancer Journey With Sandra Lee” during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festiva at SVA Theatre on April 26, 2018, in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

Steven Goldberg, a spokesperson for Chris Cuomo, denied the allegations.

“To the extent that they were sent to CNN to negate what Chris Cuomo told his audience, he fully stands by his on-air statements about his connection to these issues, both professionally and in a profoundly personal way,” said Goldberg. “If the goal in making these false and unvetted accusations was to see Mr. Cuomo punished by CNN, that may explain his unwarranted termination.”

Earlier last week, CNN suspended Chris Cuomo indefinitely after unearthed text messages revealed that he used his media sources to discredit his brother Andrew’s accusers, raising “serious concerns” about his ethical conduct. When Andrew Cuomo resigned as governor of New York earlier this year, Chris Cuomo initially told CNN that he only aided the disgraced politician as a fellow brother, not as an actual adviser:

When Chris admitted to us that he had offered advice to his brother’s staff, he broke our rules and we acknowledged that publicly. But we also appreciated the unique position he was in and understood his need to put family first and job second.

However, these documents point to a greater level of involvement in his brother’s efforts than we previously knew. As a result, we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation.

Several days later, CNN announced that it fired Chris Cuomo after “additional information” came to light about his conduct:

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.

In September Chris Cuomo was accused by a former boss, Shelley Ross, of groping her at a party in 2005.

“I was at the party with my husband, who sat behind me on an ottoman sipping his Diet Coke as I spoke with work friends. When Mr. Cuomo entered the Upper West Side bar, he walked toward me and greeted me with a strong bear hug while lowering one hand to firmly grab and squeeze the cheek of my buttock,” she claimed.

Ross described Cuomo as saying, “I can do this now that you’re no longer my boss.”

Ross reportedly told Cuomo “No you can’t” and pushed him off. Her husband allegedly saw the whole episode and they both “quickly left.”



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