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Michael Smerconish to Fill-In Chris Cuomo Timeslot This Week

Smerconish is a seasoned media veteran as he’s a popular radio host and also leads a Saturday-morning hour on CNN. 

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CNN needs someone to fill the time slot occupied by former anchor Chris Cuomo. This past weekend, the network decided to part ways with Cuomo, following the details of how involved he was in his brother’s, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, sexual harassment case.

However, before parting ways with Cuomo, who was on temporary suspension at the time, a CNN spokesperson announced that Michael Smerconish would be filling in this week for the timeslot. 

Smerconish is a seasoned media veteran as he’s a popular radio host and also leads a Saturday-morning hour on CNN. 

It will be interesting to see if Smerconish decides to be the temporary host for the time slot as CNN ponders what to do long-term or if the network has someone else in mind for a stopgap solution.

Cuomo provided a statement on being terminated by the company over the weekend. 

“This is not how I want my time at CNN to end, but I have already told why and how I helped my brother,” Cuomo said. 

“So now let me say as disappointing as this is, I could not be more proud of the team at Cuomo Prime Time and the work we did as CNN’s #1 show in the most competitive time slot. I owe them all and will miss that group of special people who did really important work.”

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Report: Jeff Zucker Approached Gayle King About Joining CNN

Zucker recently approached the agents for King regarding the possibility of her taking over the network’s 9 p.m. ET hour. 

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“CBS Mornings” Gayle King will see her contract with the network this year, and although she’s reportedly keen on staying with the company, no public announcement has been made about her staying with CBS. 

Furthermore, The New York Times’ John Koblin and Michael Grynbaum report that WarnerMedia Sports & News chairman Jeff Zucker recently approached the agents for King regarding the possibility of her taking over the network’s 9 p.m. ET hour. 

The time slot belonged to Chris Cuomo, who CNN fired for assisting with the efforts of his brother, former New York Andrew M. Cuomo, to fend off sexual harassment allegations.

“Zucker is turning to a strategy honed during his days as the executive producer of NBC’s “Today” show in the 1990s, mixing hard news with a heavy dose of lifestyle coverage and tips on how to bake a pear cobbler,” Koblin and Grynbaum write.

This isn’t the first time Zucker has tried to pluck a top talent from a rival network in the past. For example, he reportedly approached MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow last fall with a $20 million yearly proposal to join the network’s soon-to-launch streaming service CNN+.

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Jim Acosta: I Got Called a Lot Worse by Donald Trump

President Joe Biden called Fox News’s Peter Doocy a “stupid son of a b—h” on a hot mic this week.

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President Joe Biden called Fox News’s Peter Doocy a “stupid son of a b—h” on a hot mic this week. Doocy shouted a question regarding if “inflation is a political liability ahead of the midterms?” Leading to Biden insulting the reporter. 

During an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” CNN’s Jake Tapper defended Doocy, stating that no president should talk to a reporter like that; however, a colleague of Tapper’s disagrees. 

CNN anchor Jim Acosta stated he and others at the network “never got an apology” from former President Donald Trump, who relentlessly attacked its journalists during his time in the White House. 

“We had the president of the United States refer to a reporter as an SOB,” Acosta said. “Ya know, Don [Lemon], you and I got called a lot worse back in the day. We never got an apology. I don’t remember that from the commander in chief. So maybe things are a little bit better to some extent.” 

During the Trump presidency, Acosta covered Trump’s White House for CNN and has since taken a job anchoring a weekend show on the network. 

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Brianna Keilar: Tucker Carlson Is a Propagandist

Keilar responded to Carlson’s assertion by saying, “one is a democracy, the other is a brutal autocracy.” 

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CNN’s Brianna Keilar referred to Fox News host Tucker Carlson as a “propagandist” for his stance on a potential Russia – Ukraine conflict. 

“Why is it disloyal to side with Russia but loyal to side with Ukraine?” Carlson asked during a recent monologue. “They’re both foreign countries that don’t care anything about the United States. kind of strange.”

Keilar responded to Carlson’s assertion by saying, “one is a democracy, the other is a brutal autocracy.” 

“As tensions are ratcheting up between Russia and Ukraine, one Democratic congressman says his office is getting phone calls, repeatedly getting these phone calls, and they’re from fans of Fox’s chief propagandist Tucker Carlson, saying that the U.S. should be siding with Russia over Ukraine,” Keilar said. 

Keilar spoke to Congressman Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) who said his office has received calls regarding Carlson’s comments on the situation. 

“My district director told me that they spent hours on the phone with people telling me that they watched Tucker Carlson last night and why are we going to be going to war with Ukraine?” said Malinowski. 

“The real question is why is Rupert Murdoch allowing this anti-democratic BS on the air?” Said Keilar.

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