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News Media Reacts to Jeff Zucker Resigning as CNN President

Zucker disclosed a consensual relationship with chief spokesperson Allison Gollust who also served as an aide for former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2012.

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Media personalities and pundits on both sides of the aisle reacted to the news of former CNN President Jeff Zucker’s sudden resignation Wednesday.

Zucker disclosed a consensual relationship with chief spokesperson Allison Gollust who also served as an aide for former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2012.

“I came to CNN on January 28, 2013,” Zucker said in an internal memo tweeted out by CNN anchor Brian Stelter. “Together, we had nine great years. I certainly wish my tenure had ended differently. But It was an amazing run, and I loved every minute of it.”

Washington Post opinion writer Jennifer Rubin called the situation a “total mess” and expressed sympathy for the quality news people at the network.

“He (Zucker) botched Cuomo and helped put Trump on the map, good riddance,” Rubin added.

Zucker said the findings that led to his resignation were part of the investigation into Chris Cuomo’s tenure.

“I acknowledge the relationship evolved in recent years,” he said. “I was required to disclose it when it began, but I didn’t. I was wrong. As a result, I am resigning today.”

Nationally syndicated radio host and Outkick founder Clay Travis said it was Zucker who banned him from the network.

“It was Zucker who instituted my lifetime ban on CNN for saying I believed in the first amendment and b–bs. Oh, the irony,” Travis tweeted.

“The View’s” Ana Navarro-Cárdenas, who also appears on CNN, said she was grateful for the time she spent working with Zucker.

“Grateful that during merger w/ATT, which required government approval, when Trump people pressured #JeffZucker to fire me & other Trump critics, he basically told them to f–k off,” she tweeted.

“He steadfastly defended CNN & had his people’s back, even when it was hard & brought consequences.”

VOX Senior Correspondent Ian Millhiser tweeted that Zucker did a “horrible job” running the network.

“Its ratings are in the toilet,” he tweeted. “And I have no idea who they view as their target audience, or even if it has occurred to them to target a particular audience.” 

Political commentator Keith Olbermann torched Zucker in a series of tweets. He said anybody who knew Zucker knew he was involved with Gollust long before the pandemic started.

According to the New York Post, Gollust released a statement shortly after saying that she and Zucker had been professional colleagues for over 20 years, but their relationship “changed during COVID.”

“While most observers will place the leak that ended Jeff Zucker’s career at the feet of a vengeful Andrew Cuomo, the weird part is anybody who knew Zucker knew about Allison Gollust. I first figured it out in 2006 or 2007,” Olbermann tweeted

“Now is a chance to put Fake News in the backseat because there may not be anything more important than straightening out the horrendous LameStream Media in our Country, and in the case of CNN, throughout the World,” Former President Donald Trump said. 

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Chris Murphy: U.S. Soul “Is Dying Inside” If School Shootings Are the Norm

Murphy appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” where he discussed the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, leaving 19 children and two adults dead.

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Senator Chris Murphy appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” where he discussed the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, leaving 19 children and two adults dead.

Murphy stated on the morning show that “something is dying inside the soul of this nation” when the country collectively permits the massacre of school children to become the norm.

“Something is dying inside the soul of this nation when we accept this as the new normal; when we just decide to become numb because it’s easier,” Murphy said.

“I want people in this country to feel a sense of outrage. That’s the reason I went to the floor yesterday as quickly as I did, because I don’t want people to fall into the sense of complacency.”

Like many parents after Tuesday’s events, Murphy had to talk to their children following the events of the latest school shooting.

“I know that they are sitting in school today talking with their friends about whether their school is next,” Murphy said.

“This is within our power to change. We are human beings with agency. This isn’t inevitable. None of it is. We are dying inside because too many Americans just throw up their hands and say it’s too hard, and the politics are too difficult. Not true.”

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Chris Stirewalt Joins NewsNation as its Political Editor

Stirewalt will deliver what NewsNation calls “balanced and accurate political analysis” throughout the election season.

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NewsNation will be welcoming a familiar face to their network as Fox News’ former political editor Chris Stirewalt joins the company as its political editor.

In his new position, Stirewalt will deliver what NewsNation calls “balanced and accurate political analysis” throughout the election season.

“Chris Stirewalt’s analytical abilities are the best in the business, and his insights during election season will prove to be an invaluable resource for viewers,” NewsNation’s Michael Corn, president of news, said, per TV Newser

Stirewalt comes aboard NewsNation during a time when the network is strengthening its political operations. 

The company has inked a broadcast partnership agreement with the digital news site Decision Desk HQ to deliver election data and exclusive polling results for the 2022 midterm primaries and general election.

“With honest reporting and data analysis, along with up-to-the-minute results from Decision Desk HQ, we are building upon our mission at NewsNation to become the leader in election night coverage you can trust,” Corn said.

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Jeanine Pirro Wants a “Hardening Perimeter” for Each School

Pirro voiced support for “hardening the perimeter” of each school in the country and stationing security guards at them.

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The latest mass shooting occurred at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, where a gunman killed 18 students and three adults. Much like in the Sandy Hook and Parkland shootings, many are voicing their opinions about how the country can avoid these incidents.

During a segment on “The Five,” co-host Jeanine Pirro voiced support for “hardening the perimeter” of each school in the country and stationing security guards at them.

“I mean, these children are–they’re babies,” Pirro said, per Mediaite. “They really are babies.”

Pirro suggested that many retired law enforcement officers would be willing to contribute their time to supply security at schools across the United States. 

“I think that you’ve got a lot of people now – retired cops, retired sheriffs – who’d be more than happy to protect kids. I think right now – and I don’t want to get into the politics of it – but we’ve got to make sure that people understand, especially the schools and the teachers, that we need this,” Pirro said. 

“It is a crazy world today. It’s very different than it was five years ago. But we need to do something about it I think this is one of the only ways to actually protect the school and the children.”

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