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CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin Makes First Appearance in Eight Months

After eight months away from the network, Toobin has returned. The contributor made an appearance on “CNN Newsroom” where he addressed the elephant in the room.

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Last October, CNN placed its Legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin on leave after exposing himself on a Zoom call with colleagues at The New Yorker, where he has worked for the last 27 years. 

“I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera. I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers,” Toobin said at the time. “I believed I was not visible on Zoom. I thought no one on the Zoom call could see me. I thought I had muted the Zoom video.”

Eight months away from the network, the Toobin has returned, per a CNN report. The contributor made an appearance on “CNN Newsroom” where he addressed the elephant in the room. 

“I’m sorry to the people who read my work and who watched me on CNN who thought I was a better person than this. And so, you know, I got a lot to rebuild, but I feel very privileged and very lucky that I’m going to be able to try to do that,” Toobin said. 

Furthermore, Toobin discussed his firing from The New Yorker, a decision that he felt was “excessive punishment.” Meanwhile, CNN took a different approach as they let Toobin take a leave of absence. 

Some anchors and hosts at CNN also expressed a desire to have the contributor back; however, the analyst understands that not many will welcome him back on the air. 

“I live in the world. I know social media, what the reactions are likely to be,” Toobin said. “I hope they will at least be mixed.”

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Meghan McCain Calls for CNN to Fire Chris Cuomo

CNN suspended the host indefinitely, but some, like McCain, want the network to take an extra step.

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There’s plenty of criticism coming towards CNN’s Chris Cuomo following the fallout from the allegations that the anchor worked to defend his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, during his sexual harassment scandal.

CNN suspended the host indefinitely, but some, like Meghan McCain, want the network to take an extra step. In an op-ed piece for the Daily Mail, McCain called for CNN to fire Cuomo, stating that he’s “unfit” for the job.

“Seriously, what does Chris Cuomo know about Jeff Zucker that is so compromising that Jeff doesn’t want the American public to know?” she wrote. 

“At this point, I can’t come up with any other reason why Chris Cuomo has kept his job as a primetime anchor at CNN. For too long, Chris Cuomo has been given a pass by the media where others wouldn’t.”

CNN stated that it would administer a “thorough review” of the new documents released by the New York Attorney General’s office to learn the range of Cuomo’s involvement.

“The question I present to CNN and their stockholders is this, in an era where public trust in the media is at historic lows, how can you ethically and in good faith continue to employ a man who is little more than a mouthpiece for his brother and the Democratic party?” McCain wrote.

“We will be having conversations and seeking additional clarity about their significance as they relate to CNN over the next several days.”

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Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews Named EVP of Newsgathering for CBS News

The award-winning journalist will overlook the editorial side for CBS News’ newsgathering worldwide, including domestic and international bureaus.

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CBS News announced the appointment of Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews as its new executive vice president of newsgathering for the network. 

The award-winning journalist will overlook the editorial side for CBS News’ newsgathering worldwide, including domestic and international bureaus. Ciprian-Matthews has been with CBS News’ Washington bureau chief since July 2020 before taking on her new role. 

“Drawing on her years of experience leading teams from Washington to London to New York, Ingrid will be a tremendous asset in unifying CBS News’ newsgathering into one powerhouse operation,” Neeraj Khemlani, president and co-head of CBS News and Stations, said. 

“We’re fortunate to have someone with Ingrid’s expertise, savvy and editorial judgment in this key role as we continue to deliver world-class journalism to our daily programs and digital platforms.”

Media Moves adds that Ciprian-Matthews will remain in Washington D.C. for the short term. She’ll maintain oversight of daily D.C. bureau operations until a permanent Washington Bureau Chief is named. 

Once CBS News fills the position, Ciprian-Matthews will relocate to New York, the base for her new role.

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Donald Trump: Chris Cuomo Suspension Is Great News for TV Viewers

Many are commenting on Chris Cuomo’s suspension, including the former president. 

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The news regarding CNN’s decision to suspend their anchor Chris Cuomo following the release of transcripts by New York Attorney General Letitia James detailed the extent of his aid to his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was the top story around the media Wednesday. 

Cuomo dealt with sexual harassment accusations made against him, resulting in the CNN anchor assisting his brother with the fallout. Many are commenting on the matter, including former President Donald Trump. 

Trump stated that the indefinite suspension from CNN is “great news for television viewers.” 

“The big question is, was it because of his horrendous ratings, which in all fairness have permeated CNN and MSDNC, or was it because his brother is no longer Governor?” Trump wrote in a statement. “Probably both.”

CNN provided their statement on issuing the suspension to Cuomo following the release of the transcripts. 

“The documents, which we were not privy to before their public release, raise serious questions. 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,” the network said.

“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.”

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