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CNN Anchor Criticized for Shielding NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Chris and Andrew Cuomo conducted interviews during the height of the pandemic which included jokes and softball questions as nursing homes in New York State were ground zero for the deadly virus.

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CNN’s Chris Cuomo is under fire for taking it easy on his brother during live appearances on Cuomo Prime Time. His brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, is under fire for covering up COVID 19 nursing home deaths.

Chris and Andrew conducted interviews during the height of the pandemic which included jokes and softball questions as nursing homes in New York State were ground zero for the deadly virus.

“For while the Cuomo administration was sentencing seniors to death, the media was busy fawning over Cuomo in a series of softball interviews, many of them conducted by his own brother.” New York Post columnist Karol Markowicz wrote in a column.

Gov. Cuomo wrote a book about his leadership during the pandemic as his state was being ravaged by the coronavirus. Some of Cuomo’s key failings during this time included not shutting down the MTA system in New York City and chastising reporters who made serious inquiries into the state’s handling of the pandemic.

In addition, the governor won an Emmy Award for his coronavirus briefings, which received extensive and glorified coverage on CNN.

A governor’s aide revealed last week the deceit about the true number of deaths, Chris Cuomo has not addressed those allegations at any level.

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Tori Yorgey Is “Just a Little Sore” After Car Incident

After the incident went viral, Yorgey went on Twitter to thank you for the well wishes and let those who were worried that she was indeed okay. 

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This week, WSAZ-TV reporter Tori Yorgey had an eventful night while giving her live weather report. 

During the broadcast, anchor Tim Irr tossed it over to Yorgey, but a car hit her before providing the information. Yorgey would get up right away and reiterated that she was okay. 

“Oh my God, I just got hit by a car, but I’m okay. I just got hit by a car, but I’m okay, Tim,” Yorgey said. “I’m okay; we’re all good. I’m okay; yeah, that’s live tv for you; it’s all good. I actually got hit by a car in college like that too.”

After the incident went viral, Yorgey went on Twitter to thank you for the well wishes and let those who were worried that she was indeed okay. 

“Wow. I am flattered by the kindness and well wishes. I am feeling fine, just a little sore! Thank you all so much,” Yorgey tweeted

“For the record [Tim Irr] couldn’t see what was happening in that moment. He is one of the kindest people I know and was first to call to check on me.”

Some wondered why Irr didn’t show much of a reaction after his colleague was struck by the car. The anchor took to Twitter to clarify that those in the news station only received the audio from the live report. 

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Chris Cuomo Was Asked to Keep Andrew Cuomo “In the Loop”

Cuomo admitted during his testimony that his brother asked him to stay “in the loop.”

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We are learning more about the events that led to the firing of former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo.

The New York Attorney General’s office released six hours of video testimony Thursday showing Cuomo discussing his involvement in advising his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in his defense against sexual harassment allegations.

Chris Cuomo was deposed on July 15, 2021. Cuomo was fired in December over ethical concerns that he used his position at the network to influence the investigations into his brother’s alleged actions.

Cuomo admitted during his testimony that his brother asked him to stay “in the loop.”

“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,” CNN said in a Dec. 5 statement.

A full copy of the transcript is available here.

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Kathy Griffin: CNN Fired Me After Asking for Raise

The incident occurred ten days ahead of the show. Griffin was asking for more than the $80,000 that she was contracted for. 

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Comedian and TV personality Kathy Griffin recently revealed that CNN president Jeff Zucker fired her after she asked for a raise just ahead of the network’s 2016 New Year’s Eve show. 

According to the New York Times, the incident occurred ten days ahead of the show. Griffin was asking for more than the $80,000 that she was contracted for. 

“He started yelling at me, and he literally said something like, ‘Who do you think you are calling here demanding a raise?’ And then something came over me. And I just lost it. I just started screaming,” Griffin recalled. 

Griffin said Zucker eventually rehired her following a 20 percent cut in her pay.

“It sounds like she is acknowledging that, insofar as Kathy Griffin acknowledges she has ever done anything wrong,” Zucker told the New York Times.

Griffin reportedly said that she would “feel a lot more comfortable showing up if I got paid what I deserve,” a statement that Zucker allegedly took as a threat to quit the show.

In response to Griffin’s statement, Zucker “got very offended,” and the conversation devolved into a shouting match.

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