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With Licht Under Seige, CNN Splits His Duties

'Atlantic' profile provides deep look at network goings-on

(Newser) - Already the talk of the industry—and not necessarily in a good way—CNN chief executive Chris Licht now has to share control of the organization. David Leavy has been named chief operating officer of the network, CNBC reports. Leavy is a longtime ally and confidant of David Zaslav, the...

Trump's Next Town Hall Won't Go Out Live

June 1 event in Iowa will be hosted by Fox's Sean Hannity

(Newser) - Former President Trump is following up his CNN town hall event with one on another network he often maligns—Fox News. The network says the frontrunner for the 2024 GOP nomination will join host Sean Hannity for a town hall in Iowa on Thursday, the Hill reports. The network says...

Mid-Show Pep Talk May Have Helped Trump

Axios reports he was shown tweets from angry critics during CNN town hall commercial break

(Newser) - Axios points out that former President Trump became increasingly aggressive as last week's town hall on CNN progressed, and the outlet thinks it knows why. Mike Allen reports that aide Jason Miller showed Trump real-time tweets from angry critics at the first commercial break, and it apparently inspired...

Everyone Stop Whining About That Town Hall
The Lesson
for Journalists
From Trump's
Town Hall

The Lesson for Journalists From Trump's Town Hall

Go with taped interviews, not live events, suggests media writer Jack Shafer at Politico

(Newser) - CNN has taken lots and lots of criticism for its town hall with former President Trump, usually along the lines of, "That wasn't journalism, it was a Trump rally." In a Politico essay, media writer Jack Shafer would like everyone to calm down. "Enough with the...

2 Polar Opposites Defend CNN's Town Hall With Trump

Trump himself says network 'did the right thing'; CNN's Anderson Cooper takes heat for his defense

(Newser) - Criticism on CNN's contentious town hall with former President Trump continues to bubble up , including frustration from inside CNN and backlash against CEO Chris Licht, who has come out in defense of how Wednesday night's broadcast went. Trump himself is now praising the network, telling Fox News...

Trump's Town Hall a Ratings Hit for CNN
CNN Chief Defends
Trump's Town Hall

CNN Chief Defends Trump's Town Hall

The event was a ratings hit, with 3.1M viewers tuning in

(Newser) - CNN was taking a lot of flak Thursday for its town hall with Donald Trump, but this much is clear: It was a ratings success. The prime-time forum drew 3.1 million viewers, enough to make it No. 1 among the cable news networks for the night, reports Axios . That...

Trump Played a 'Steamroller' at CNN Town Hall
Trump Played a
'Steamroller' at
CNN Town Hall

Trump Played a 'Steamroller' at CNN Town Hall

CNN 'effectively gave America a primetime Trump rally'

(Newser) - Supporters and detractors of former President Trump don't agree on much, but many on both sides believe the CNN town hall event Wednesday was a good night for him. During 70 minutes in front of a Trump-friendly audience in New Hampshire, Trump repeated his lies about the 2020 election...

Trump Calls CNN Moderator Kaitlan Collins a 'Nasty Person'

Former POTUS lies about 2020 election, disparages E. Jean Carroll in town hall

(Newser) - During a contentious CNN town hall Wednesday night, former President Trump dug in on his lies about the 2020 election, downplayed the violence of Jan. 6, 2021, and repeatedly insulted the woman whom a civil jury this week found him liable of sexually abusing and defaming, the AP reports. (He...

Trump's Town Hall Could Be a Minefield for Him ... and CNN

Candidate will appear in a live town hall at 8pm ET Wednesday

(Newser) - Former President Trump will appear in a live CNN town hall on Wednesday night—marking his first appearance in seven years on the network he has derided as "fake," and one that comes a day after he was found liable for sexual battery and defamation in the E....

In a Surprise, Trump Will Drop by CNN

Former president agrees to participate in a town hall next week

(Newser) - A presidential candidate agreeing to participate in a network's town hall is not typically news. In this case, however, the candidate is former President Trump and the network is CNN, which he has regularly derided as "fake." Next week's appearance will be his first in seven...

Tucker Carlson's New Texting Buddy? Don Lemon

Brian Stelter reports on the aftermath of their firings for 'Vanity Fair'

(Newser) - Tucker Carlson frequently trashed Don Lemon on his Fox show, and Lemon returned the favor at CNN. Now that both men have been fired , a strange thing has happened, reports Brian Stelter at Vanity Fair . The two have been texting each other for the first time. It's not exactly...

Newsmax Viewership Triples in Carlson's Old Timeslot

MSNBC steals Fox's ratings title in 8pm ET hour

(Newser) - Viewers who flocked to Fox News to watch Tucker Carlson in the 8pm ET hour appear to now be looking elsewhere. Fox News Tonight with Brian Kilmeade drew just 1.33 million viewers Wednesday night—down from 2.59 million on Monday and 1.7 million on Tuesday—topped by...

Don Lemon on Firing: 'I Didn't Lose My Job, I Lost My Sister'

Ex-CNN anchor says he's 'resilient,' plans to 'chill out' over summer

(Newser) - Don Lemon may have been "stunned," but he's not fuming about being fired from CNN , where he worked for 17 years. That's according to Lemon himself, in an interview given to Page Six Wednesday at the Time100 Gala in New York. "I'm not an...

Insiders Explain Why CNN Soured on Lemon

Ramaswamy interview may have been the last straw

(Newser) - Don Lemon's departure from CNN Monday came as a surprise to many—apparently including the "stunned" host himself—but insiders say leaders at the network had come to see it as inevitable. Sources tell the New York Times that execs "gradually concluded" Lemon's position had become...

Tucker Carlson, Don Lemon Lawyer Up
Tucker Carlson,
Don Lemon
Lawyer Up

Tucker Carlson, Don Lemon Lawyer Up

They've hired Bryan Freedman, who nabbed $30M for Megyn Kelly after her 2019 firing from NBC

(Newser) - Ousted from Fox News and CNN respectively, Tucker Carlson and Don Lemon have hired the same lawyer who, Insider notes, is known for securing "multimillion-dollar payouts in messy media breakups." Former CNN host Brian Stelter first reported that both hosts have hired powerhouse attorney Bryan Freedman, who helped...

Don Lemon 'Stunned' as He's Fired by CNN

Longtime host issues statement announcing he's been 'terminated'

(Newser) - First, Tucker Carlson is out at Fox. And now Don Lemon is out at CNN. In the second media surprise of the day, CNN said the network and Lemon "have parted ways," without specifying a reason, reports the New York Times . "Don will forever be a part...

Lindsey Graham, CNN Host Get Into It Over Abortion Pill

Graham interrupts Dana Bash, accuses her of 'covering for these guys'

(Newser) - Lindsey Graham and CNN journalist Dana Bash had a bit of a sparring match over the abortion pill battle when Graham appeared on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday. Asked by Bash, who co-hosts the show, whether abortion is a federal or state issue, the senator responded, "...

CNN Anchor's Baby Arrived in Most Surprising Way

Kasie Hunt's 'sudden' 13-minute labor meant she had to give birth to daughter Grey in her bathroom

(Newser) - While most of us were marking the first of March with salutations of "rabbit, rabbit" and thoughts of spring, Kasie Hunt was having an even more exciting day. The 37-year-old CNN anchor was set to head to the hospital Thursday for a scheduled C-section for the birth of her...

Patricia Heaton Has Incredible Response to Don Lemon
Patricia Heaton Has Incredible
Response to Don Lemon

Patricia Heaton Has Incredible Response to Don Lemon

Women answer actress's call to list their accomplishments after 50; Lemon is absent again

(Newser) - Don Lemon was absent again from CNN This Morning on Monday amid controversy over his slam last week of Nikki Haley. Lemon hasn't appeared on the show since Thursday, the day he said the 51-year-old Haley was no longer "in her prime," per the AP . Only women...

Media Groups: We Want Jan. 6 Footage That Carlson Got
Media Groups Demand
Jan. 6 Footage

Media Groups Demand Jan. 6 Footage

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy gave Fox's Tucker Carlson exclusive access; now others want it

(Newser) - Fox News' Tucker Carlson is the only media personality given access by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to thousands of hours of Jan. 6 footage. Now, other media groups are demanding a piece of that, they noted in a Friday letter to congressional leadership, per CBS News . "Without full public...

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