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CNN fires Chris Cuomo over his involvement in his brother Andrew"s sexual harassment scandal

New transcripts released by New York's attorney general brought more pressure on the younger Cuomo to face consequences for his involvement. Chris Cuomo.Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Turner CNN has fired the anchor Chris Cuomo, the news network announced Saturday evening. The younger Cuomo became ensnared in his brother Andrew's scandals before he resigned as NY governor. New transcripts from his deposition in the sexual harassment investigation showed his involvement was deeper than previously reported. CNN has fired Chris Cuomo amid revelations that the anchor used his media sources to help his brother, ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo, fight sexual harassment allegations.The news network suspended Chris and announced an investigation into his conduct on November 30, shortly after the New York Attorney General's office released transcripts showing the extent of Chris' efforts to defend his brother."We retained a respected law firm to conduct the review, and have terminated him, effective immediately," CNN said in a statement Saturday evening. "While in the process of that review, additional information has come to light. Despite the termination, we will investigate as appropriate."The network did not detail what new information had surfaced.In a statement of his own on Saturday, Chris said CNN's decision was "disappointing.""This is not how I want my time at CNN to end but I have already told you why and how I helped my brother," the statement said. "So let me now 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." Chris had previously apologized for coaching his brother through the sexual harassment scandal and effectively recused himself from covering one of the year's most explosive political stories.But the newly released transcripts indicated that Chris gone so far as to use his media sources to dig up information about a woman who accused his brother of sexual harassment.For instance, Chris wrote in one text message that he had "a lead on the wedding girl," referring to an accuser named Anna Ruch.Before Andrew resigned as governor in August, Ruch was the subject of a New York Times exposé from March detailing unwanted advances she said he made on her at a wedding.In a statement to Insider on November 29, a CNN spokesperson defended the anchor and denied that he dictated any of his brother's statements."The claim that Chris dictated his brother's statements is false," a representative for Warner Media told Insider in a statement. "There is no evidence of this in the exhibits or transcript. If you carefully read through the text messages in the exhibit, any mention of a statement was in response to it being made public."A graduate of The Albany Academy, Yale University, and the Fordham University School of Law, Cuomo started out appearing as a guest on cable and TV networks before landing his first full-time gig in the industry as a correspondent for Fox News. He was also the co-anchor of "Good Morning America" on ABC from 2006 until 2009.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderDec 4th, 2021

Chris Cuomo Claims CNN’s Jeff Zucker Knew About His Involvement With Andrew Cuomo Scandal

Chris Cuomo Claims CNN’s Jeff Zucker Knew About His Involvement With Andrew Cuomo Scandal Authored by Jack Phillips via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours), Former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo said that the network’s executive, Jeff Zucker, was previously aware of Cuomo’s actions when he protected his brother, then-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Chris Cuomo and Zucker “were widely known to be extremely close and in regular contact, including about the details of Mr. Cuomo’s support for his brother,” said a spokesperson for Chris Cuomo. The spokesperson told The Wall Street Journal on Sunday evening that “there were no secrets about this, as other individuals besides Mr. Cuomo can attest.” Cuomo was fired on Saturday following the release of materials that suggested he was more involved than he had admitted in trying to help Andrew Cuomo amid sexual harassment allegations against the former governor earlier this year. The materials were released on Nov. 29 by New York’s attorney general, Letitia James, who previously alleged that the former governor harassed at least 11 women while he was in office. Andrew Cuomo ultimately stepped down as governor earlier this year, but he has maintained that the allegations against him are false. He’s now facing misdemeanor criminal charges from one of his accusers. On Sunday, CNN told WSJ that Chris Cuomo’s characterization of his relationship with Zucker and Cuomo’s other claims are incorrect. “He has made a number of accusations that are patently false,” CNN said, without elaborating on what claims may have been false. “This reinforces why he was terminated for violating our standards and practices, as well as his lack of candor.” President of CNN Worldwide Jeff Zucker attends a screening of “Girls Rising” at the Paris Theater in New York on March 6, 2013. (Andy Kropa/Invision/AP) The anchor was terminated on Saturday by CNN after the network discovered new information about Cuomo’s involvement with his brother’s defense as the former Democrat New York governor was facing misconduct allegations of his own. Previously, Cuomo was suspended by CNN while allegations against him were being investigated. Over the weekend, lawyer Debra Katz told The New York Times that an unnamed client told CNN that Chris Cuomo had acted inappropriately to her. Steven Goldberg, a spokesman for Cuomo, denied the allegations and characterized them as anonymously sourced. “These apparently anonymous allegations are not true,” Goldberg said in response to Katz’s claims, adding that Cuomo “fully stands by his on-air statements about his connection to these issues, both professionally and in a profoundly personal way. If the goal in making these false and unvetted accusations was to see Mr. Cuomo punished by CNN, that may explain his unwarranted termination.” Katz had told the paper her client was “disgusted by Chris Cuomo’s on-air statements in response to the allegations made against his brother, Gov. Andrew Cuomo” when Chris Cuomo addressed the then-governor’s scandal in March. In May, during a CNN town hall, Zucker conceded Cuomo “made a mistake” by helping his older brother and added he would not punish Cuomo because it would be tantamount to “punishment for the sake of punishing.” The Epoch Times has contacted Cuomo and CNN for comment. Tyler Durden Mon, 12/06/2021 - 18:20.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeDec 6th, 2021

Spokesman for Chris Cuomo denies sexual misconduct allegation

Attorney Debra S. Katz told CNN on Wednesday that a former junior colleague at a different network accused Chris Cuomo of sexual misconduct. Chris Cuomo on CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time" on May 20, 2021.CNN Former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo has been accused of sexual misconduct, The New York Times reported. He was fired after revelations that he used media sources to help his brother, ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo. A spokesperson for Chris Cuomo denied the sexual misconduct allegation to The Times. Chris Cuomo, who was fired by CNN on Saturday over revelations that he used his media sources to help his brother, ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has also been accused of sexual misconduct, The New York Times reported. The anchor was suspended on November 30 and CNN launched an investigation into his conduct after the New York Attorney General's office released transcripts that showed his involvement in advising his older brother during the politician's sexual harassment scandal."We retained a respected law firm to conduct the review, and have terminated him, effective immediately," CNN said in a statement Saturday evening. "While in the process of that review, additional information has come to light. Despite the termination, we will investigate as appropriate."The Times reported that Debra S. Katz, an employment lawyer, told CNN on Wednesday that a former junior colleague at a different network has accused Cuomo of sexual misconduct. Katz said the allegations were "unrelated to the Gov. Andrew Cuomo matter." She told the Times that the client "came forward because she was disgusted by Chris Cuomo's on-air statements in response to the allegations made against his brother, Gov. Andrew Cuomo."Steven Goldberg, a spokesperson for Cuomo, denied the allegations. —John Koblin (@koblin) December 5, 2021 "If the goal in making these false and unvetted accusations was to see Mr. Cuomo punished by CNN, that may explain his unwarranted termination," Goldberg told The Times.The Times reported that it's unclear if these allegations factored into Cuomo's dismissal.In a statement to Insider, A CNN spokesperson said: "Based on the report we received regarding Chris's conduct with his brother's defense, we had cause to terminate. When new allegations came to us this week, we took them seriously, and saw no reason to delay taking immediate action."CNN did not immediately respond to Insider's requests for comment.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderDec 5th, 2021

Meet Michael Smerconish, a radio host and political commentator who will take over Chris Cuomo"s primetime hour on CNN

While Smerconish will replace Cuomo starting next week, the network has not announced any immediate plans for a permanent replacement. SiriusXM host Michael Smerconish interviews James Carville and Mary Matalin during a broadcast of 'Smerconish Book Club' on SiriusXM's POTUS Channel at SiriusXM Studios on January 09, 2014 in New York City.Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images Michael Smerconish broke away from the Republican party and is now a registered Independent. Smerconish has hosted several TV and radio programs, as well as authored seven novels. Next week, Smerconish will replace Chris Cuomo in CNN's prime time slot. SiriusXM radio host Michael Smerconish is slated to temporarily replace Chris Cuomo on CNN's primetime slot next week, according to Variety.A former Republican who is now a registered Independent, Smerconish has hosted a variety of programs across news mediums, including "The Michael Smerconish Program," a SiriusXM daily talk-radio program, and "Smerconish," a weekly Saturday TV program on CNN, according to his biography. He has also authored seven books, two of which are New York Times bestsellers.Smerconish launched his career in politics at a young age and was appointed at age 29 to serve in the Department of Housing and Urban Development under President George Herbert Walker Bush's administration. He publicly broke with the Republican party to endorse Barack Obama, citing the party's failure to capture al-Qaeda leaders Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri following 9/11."The Bush administration's failure to orchestrate a successful counterterrorism plan — one topped off with justice for Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri — has left me embarrassed of my party and angry. The oft-repeated explanations of the search being nuanced or covering difficult terrain should have worn thin long ago," Smerconish wrote for Salon in 2008.On Saturday, Smerconish was announced as the temporary replacement for Chris Cuomo, who CNN fired earlier in the day for his involvement in attempting to mitigate the sexual harassment scandal that resulted in his brother, Andrew Cuomo, resigning as governor of New York.Chris Cuomo had served as the face of CNN's 9 p.m. EST slot since 2018, according to the Los Angeles Times.The network has not announced any immediate plans for a permanent replacement.Insider has reached out to CNN for comment.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderDec 4th, 2021

Chris Cuomo says his indefinite suspension from CNN is "embarrassing, but I understand it"

CNN suspended the anchor after transcripts appeared to show Cuomo used media sources to try to help his brother navigate a sexual-harassment scandal. Chris Cuomo on Cuomo Prime Time Monday nightCNN Chris Cuomo addressed his indefinite suspension from CNN in a segment of his radio show on Wednesday. CNN suspended Cuomo after transcripts appeared to show he used media sources to try to help his brother. "It hurts to even say it," Cuomo said. "It's embarrassing, but I understand it." Chris Cuomo responded Wednesday to being suspended indefinitely from CNN, saying "it's embarrassing, but I understand it."On Tuesday, CNN suspended the anchor after newly released transcripts appeared to show the extent to which Cuomo tried to help his brother, Andrew Cuomo, during the politician's sexual-harassment scandal.Earlier in the week the New York attorney general's office released the transcripts, which included text messages that indicated Cuomo used media sources to look up information about a woman who accused Andrew Cuomo, then New York's governor, of sexual harassment.In the statement announcing Cuomo's suspension on Tuesday, a CNN spokesperson said 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," the representative continued. "But we also appreciated the unique position he was in and understood his need to put his family first and job second. However, these documents point to a greater level of involvement in his brother's efforts than we previously knew."During a Wednesday episode of "Let's Get After It," Cuomo's SiriusXM radio show, he addressed his suspension."Quick note about the obvious — I've been suspended from CNN," Cuomo said. "You know this already. It hurts to even say it. It's embarrassing, but I understand it. And I understand why some people feel the way they do about what I did."Chris Cuomo previously publicly acknowledged that he coached his brother through the sexual-harassment scandal. He doubled down on his initial apology for his involvement in aiding his brother."I've apologized in the past. I mean it," Cuomo said during his radio show. "The last thing I ever wanted to do was compromise any of my colleagues and do anything but help."Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderDec 1st, 2021

CNN has suspended Chris Cuomo indefinitely after new transcripts revealed the extent to which he helped his brother, Andrew Cuomo

The New York attorney general's office released transcripts seeming to show the CNN anchor Chris Cuomo used media sources to try to help his brother. The CNN anchor Chris Cuomo.Kevin Mazur CNN suspended Chris Cuomo after the release of documents about his efforts to help his brother. Cuomo had a bigger role than was known in guiding Andrew Cuomo amid sexual-harassment claims. A CNN representative said the documents raised "serious questions." CNN has suspended its anchor Chris Cuomo indefinitely after newly released transcripts appeared to show Cuomo used media sources to try to help his brother, Andrew Cuomo, during the politician's sexual-harassment scandal.The New York attorney general's office released the transcripts this week. Some indicated that Chris Cuomo used media sources to look up information about a woman who accused Andrew Cuomo, then New York's governor, of sexual harassment.The new documents, found by the office of New York's attorney general, Letitia James, include text-message conversations between Chris Cuomo and Melissa DeRosa, the governor's former top aide."The New York Attorney General's office released transcripts and exhibits Monday that shed new light on Chris Cuomo's involvement in his brother's defense," a representative for the network said in a statement. "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," the representative continued. "But we also appreciated the unique position he was in and understood his need to put his family first and job second. However, these documents point to a greater level of involvement in his brother's efforts that we previously knew."The person added: "As a result we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation."Chris Cuomo wrote in one text message that he had "a lead on the wedding girl," referring to Anna Ruch.Before Andrew Cuomo resigned as governor in August, Ruch was the subject of a New York Times exposé from March detailing unwanted advances she said he made on her at a wedding.Chris Cuomo had publicly acknowledged coaching his brother through the sexual-harassment scandal and apologized while effectively recusing himself from covering one of the year's most explosive political stories.A graduate of The Albany Academy, Yale University, and the Fordham University School of Law, Cuomo started out appearing as a guest on cable and TV networks before landing his first full-time gig in the industry as a correspondent for Fox News. He was also the coanchor of "Good Morning America" on ABC from 2006 until 2009.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderDec 1st, 2021

CNN has suspended Chris Cuomo "indefinitely" following new transcripts revealing the extent he helped his brother Andrew Cuomo

The NY Attorney General's Office released transcripts that appeared to show CNN anchor Chris Cuomo used media sources to help his brother Andrew Cuomo. CNN anchor Chris CuomoKevin Mazur CNN suspended anchor Chris Cuomo "indefinitely" following new transcripts by the NY Attorney General. The transcripts revealed the extent he helped his brother Andrew Cuomo amid his sexual harassment scandal. "The documents, which we were not privy to before their public release, raise serious questions," a CNN spokesperson said. CNN has suspended anchor Chris Cuomo indefinitely after newly released transcripts appeared to show Cuomo used media sources to help his brother amid his sexual harassment scandal.Earlier this week, the New York Attorney General's Office released transcripts that appeared to show CNN anchor Chris Cuomo used media sources to look up information about a woman who accused his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, of sexual harassment.The new documents, found by the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James, include text message conversations between Chris Cuomo and Melissa DeRosa, the governor's former top aide."The New York Attorney General's office released transcripts and exhibits Monday that shed new light on Chris Cuomo's involvement in his brother's defense," a spokesperson for the network said in a statement. "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," the spokesperson continued. "But we also appreciated the unique position he was in and understood his need to put his family first and job second. However, these documents point to a greater level of involvement in his brother's efforts that we previously knew."The spokesperson added: "As a result we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation."Chris Cuomo wrote in one text message that he had "a lead on the wedding girl," referring to Anna Ruch. Before Andrew resigned as governor in August, Ruch was the subject of a New York Times exposé from March detailing unwanted advances she said he made on her at a wedding.Chris had previously apologized for coaching his brother through the sexual harassment scandal and effectively recused himself from covering one of the year's most explosive political stories.A graduate of The Albany Academy, Yale University, and the Fordham University School of Law, Cuomo started out appearing as a guest on cable and TV networks before landing his first full-time gig in the industry as a correspondent for Fox News. He was also the co-anchor of "Good Morning America" on ABC from 2006 until 2009.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 30th, 2021

Trump says Chris Cuomo"s suspension from CNN is "great news for television viewers" and calls him "Fredo" again

In a statement, former President Donald Trump once again referred to the CNN anchor as "Fredo," a term Cuomo has said is comparable to the n-word. Former President Donald Trump.Win McNamee/Getty Images CNN's Chris Cuomo was suspended indefinitely from the network Tuesday in light of new transcripts from the NY AG. The transcripts showed that Cuomo used media resources to help his brother Andrew Cuomo. Former President Trump said Cuomo's suspension was "great news for television viewers." Former President Donald Trump responded to CNN anchor Chris Cuomo's indefinite suspension from the network, saying it was "great news for television viewers." Cuomo was suspended indefinitely on Tuesday after new transcripts released by New York Attorney General Letitia James revealed the extent of his assistance to his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, amid sexual harassment allegations made against him.The new transcripts showed Chris Cuomo using media resources to help his brother during his sexual harassment scandal, Insider previously reported. "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."Andrew Cuomo resigned in August following multiple women coming forward alleging sexual misconduct.Trump also referred to Cuomo as "Fredo," a character from "The Godfather" who many describe as "weak." Trump previously used the term to describe the CNN anchor, which the CNN anchor compared to the n-word. The Cuomo brothers have been openly critical of Trump during his presidency.In November 2020, after Trump called Chris Cuomo "Fredo," Andrew condemned the remark in an interview on "The Howard Stern Show.""If I wasn't governor of New York, I would have decked him. Period," the former governor said at the time.  "I mean, he was attacking me, he was attacking my family, he was anti-Italian. Every nasty thing."Chris Cuomo has also slammed the former president in public statements, calling Trump "the worst president ever." He previously interviewed the former president's niece, Mary Trump, who has also been a vocal critic of her uncle — including writing two bombshell books about him and the rest of the Trump clan.When CNN announced Chris Cuomo's suspension Tuesday, they said they were not aware of the primetime anchor's scope of participation in his brother's scandal. "When Chris admitted to us that he had offered advice to his brother's staff, he broke our rules and we acknowledged that publicly," a CNN spokesperson said in a statement. "But we also appreciated the unique position he was in and understood his need to put his family first and job second.""However, these documents point to a greater level of involvement in his brother's efforts that we previously knew," the spokesperson continued.Representatives for Trump, Chris Cuomo, Andrew Cuomo, and CNN respectively did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 30th, 2021

Top 20 Media Stories CNN"s Brian Stelter "Overlooked" On His Show Dedicated To Media Stories

Top 20 Media Stories CNN's Brian Stelter 'Overlooked' On His Show Dedicated To Media Stories Of all the year-end roundups coming out, the one that caught our eye for pointing out the worst examples of MSM hypocrisy comes from Joseph A. Wulfohn via Fox News, who notes the top 20 major media stories that were utterly ignored by CNN's Brian Stelter - whose entire job is to cover controversies involving the media. Yet, "Stelter turned a blind eye to many headlines that were far from flattering to his liberal allies in the industry," writes Wulfohn - who notes that this is nothing new for the CNN host. "Most famously, he completely avoided ABC News' shocking coverup of the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, omitting it from his "top ten media stories" of 2019." Without further ado, here are 2021's top 20 major media stories ignored by Brian Stelter: Judge bans MSNBC from the Kyle Rittenhouse trial The entire nation was intensely monitoring the trial of teenager Kyle Rittenhouse, who was charged with murdering two people amid the Kenosha riots following the 2020 police-involved shooting of Jacob Blake. But the day before Rittenhouse was acquitted on all counts, Judge Bruce Schroeder made headlines by barring MSNBC from the courthouse after police caught a freelance NBC News producer following the jury bus when he ran a red light.  Stelter swept the controversy plaguing CNN's closest liberal competitor under the rug. -Fox News In fact, CNN has essentially sheltered MSNBC from scrutiny - which has appeared just 34 times in Reliable Sources' 2021 transcripts vs. Fox News, which appeared 695 times (via Grabien search results). Stelter ignored Joy Reid's spat with rapper Nicki Minaj over her vaccine hesitancy, as well as MSNBC analyst and NYT editorial board member Mara Gay, when she said that the sight of American flags on the back of trucks was "disturbing," which caused the Times to issue a statement in her defense. Yet, crickets from Stelter. As Wulfohn notes, the respect seems to be mutual, as MSNBC offers 'little to no coverage' of any controversy at CNN. Trump-era media narratives that fell apart  In March, the media pundit avoided the Washington Post's major correction to its bombshell January report about a phone call between then-President Donald Trump and a Georgia elections investigator, urging her to "find the fraud" and that she would be a "national hero" if she did, which turned out to be not true. WASHINGTON POST PANNED FOR MASSIVE CORRECTION TO TRUMP-GEORGIA ELECTION STORY: 'SO, THEY MADE UP QUOTES' The CNN star had nothing to say about the collapsed narrative alleging Trump ordered Lafayette Square Park to be cleared of protesters so he could pose in front of the riot-torched St. John's Church last year. An inspector general investigation concluded U.S. Park Police and the U.S. Secret Service deemed it necessary to remove protestors from the park in order to install anti-scale fencing. -Fox News The Washington Post issues stunning corrections on articles involving the Steele dossier Yet, Stelter couldn't be bothered when the dossier his network breathlessly peddled was completely debunked after Christopher Steele source Igor Danchenko was accused of lying to the FBI, leading to a flood of corrections from WaPo. The first two stories, published in March 2017 and February 2019, were changed when the newspaper’s executive editor, Sally Buzbee, said she could no longer stand by their accuracy. The Post added editor’s notes, amended headlines, removed sections identifying Sergei Millian as the source and deleted an accompanying video summarizing the articles.  Lengthy editor's notes were additionally placed on at least 14 other articles.  The Steele dossier helped fuel the Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy for years and dominated CNN and MSNBC's coverage. -Fox News The New York Times forced to admit Babylon Bee is not ‘misinformation’ This one was a biggie - after the Times ran a story in March characterizing the satire site The Babylon Bee as "misinformation." In fact, they called it a "far-right misinformation site" that "sometimes trafficked in misinformation under the guise of satire." Under the threat of a lawsuit, the Times issued a correction in June which backpedaled their claim. "An earlier version of this article referred imprecisely to the Babylon Bee, a right-leaning satirical website, and a controversy regarding the handling of its content by Facebook and the fact-checking site Snopes. While both Facebook and Snopes previously have classified some Babylon Bee articles as misinformation, rather than satire, they have dropped those claims, and the Babylon Bee denies that it has trafficked in misinformation," reads the correction. Paging Stelter? Nope. Don Lemon's texts emerge during the Jussie Smollett trial Former "Empire" star Jussie Smollett shocked the nation in 2019 when he claimed he was the victim of a vicious hate crime in Chicago, which the national media hyped while offering little to no skepticism. It wasn't long before Chicago Police Department suspected Smollett had orchestrated a hoax.  Nearly three years later, Smollett stood trial and was ultimately convicted on five counts of disorderly conduct. However, before the verdict was in, Smollett revealed during his testimony that he was tipped off about the CPD's doubts into his claims by his pal, CNN anchor Don Lemon. -Fox News Neither Lemon nor Stelter mentioned the incident on their CNN shows. The turmoil of The Lincoln Project If CNN is the king of propaganda, anti-Trump PAC The Lincoln Project is a close second. They also have a pedophile problem in common. In January, news broke that Lincoln Project co-founder John Weaver was accused of sexually harassing 20 young men online, one of whom was just 14 when it began. All of Weaver's former colleagues denied knowledge of the predatory behavior, and Weaver himself has since resigned and vanished from the public. In addition to ignoring this, Stelter also failed to mention questions over the group's murky financial dealings - and where millions of dollars raised to fight Trumpism actually ended up. The marathon of controversies sparked an exodus among the group's prominent leaders and even calls from co-founder George Conway, who had left the group in 2020, to be shut down.  However, the Lincoln Project was able to weather the storm and managed to keep the lights on thanks to the lack of media coverage its scandals received.  More recently, Stelter failed to address the Lincoln Project's widely panned race stunt it took credit for in the days leading up to the Virginia gubernatorial election. In a move that co-founder Steve Schmidt even condemned as "recklessly stupid," the Lincoln Project sent five people – one of them a Black man – to dress as Tiki-torch bearing White nationalists in front of Republican Glenn Youngkin's campaign bus in Charlottesville, in what was viewed as a desperate smear effort to liken his supporters to racists. -Fox News USA Today allows Stacey Abrams to stealth-edit column to water down past support for Georgia boycott This spring, Georgia was at the center of an intense national debate over its election reform legislation that was signed into law after the 2020 election with prominent Democrats calling it racist and comparing it to "Jim Crow." A movement to boycott the Peach State was ignited and one of its backers appeared to be Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.  In an op-ed published by USA Today in March 31, Abrams argued that boycotts were an effective form of protest, writing, "The impassioned response to the racist, classist bill that is now the law of Georgia is to boycott in order to achieve change." But after Major League Baseball announced it was moving its All-Star Game out of Atlanta, Abram's op-ed went through a stunning transformation, watering down her support for boycotts historically without issuing any editor's note acknowledging the changes. A spokesperson for Gannett, USA Today's parent company, told Fox News, "We regret the oversight in updating the Stacey Abrams column. As soon as we recognized there was no editor’s note, we added it to the page to reflect her changes. We have reviewed our procedures to ensure this does not occur again." The journalistic malpractice was ultimately ignored by CNN's media hall monitor. -Fox News Joe Rogan's explosive interview with CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta This one might actually be #1, as podcast giant Joe Rogan cornered CNN's top doc over the network's disingenuous framing of Ivermectin as a 'horse dewormer.' "Calling it a horse de-wormer is not the most flattering thing, I get that," said Gupta. "It's a lie on a news network - and it's a lie that they're conscious of. It's not a mistake. They're unfavorably framing it as veterinary medicine," Rogan shot back. "Why would you say that when you're talking about a drug that's been given out to billions and billions of people? A drug that was responsible for one of the inventors winning the Nobel Prize in 2015?" the 54-year-old Rogan continued. "A drug that has been shown to stop viral replication in vitro - you know that, right? Why would they lie and say that's horse de-wormer? I can afford people medicine, motherfucker. This is ridiculous." Watch: Joe Rogan asks Sanjay Gupta if it bothers him that CNN outright lied about Rogan taking horse dewormer to recover from covid. This is fantastic: pic.twitter.com/PEgJqIXhSD — Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) October 14, 2021 CNN then doubled down on their stupidity, issuing a statement which said "The only thing CNN did wrong here was bruise the ego of a popular podcaster who pushed dangerous conspiracy theories and risked the lives of millions of people in doing so." Radio silence from Stelter... Rolling Stone, MSNBC stars peddle false narrative of ivermectin overdoses overwhelming Oklahoma hospitals After Joe Rogan announced that he'd kicked Covid in just a few days using a cocktail of drugs, including Ivermectin - an anti-parasitic prescribed for humans for over 35 years, with over 4 billion doses administered (and most recently as a Covid-19 treatment), the left quickly started mocking Rogan for having taken a 'horse dewormer' due to its dual use in livestock. Rolling Stone's Jon Blistein led the charge: Then, Rolling Stone's Peter Wade took another stab - publishing a hit piece claiming that Oklahoma ERs were overflowing with people 'overdosing on horse dewormer.' As people take the drug, McElyea said patients have arrived at hospitals with negative reactions like nausea, vomiting, muscle aches, and cramping — or even loss of sight. “The scariest one that I’ve heard of and seen is people coming in with vision loss,” the doctor said. -Rolling Stone It was all a lie...  as NHS Sequoyah, located in Sallisaw, Oklahoma - issued a statement disavowing McElyea's claims. Of course, the lie was peddled by MSM notables, including Rachel Maddow and Joy Reid. Stelter? Reliable sources? His job running cover, as opposed to exposing MSM lies should be clear as day by now. New York Times sports reporter ousted after failing to disclose book deal with Michael Phelps New York Times sports reporter Karen Crouse landed herself in hot water in July for failing to disclose the book deal she made with Michael Phelps while she herself was covering the Olympic swimmer.  In June, Crouse authored a glowing piece that painted the 23-time gold medalist in a highly positive light with multiple tidbits about Phelps mentoring youth athletes.  But a month after the piece was initially published, it was updated with a scathing editor’s note.  "After this article was published, editors learned that the reporter had entered an agreement to co-write a book with Michael Phelps. If editors had been aware of the conflict, the reporter would not have been given the assignment," the editor's note read. "Our guidelines state that no staff member may serve as a ghost writer or co-author for individuals who figure or are likely to figure in coverage they provide, edit, package or supervise," a New York Times spokesperson told Fox News. "As the editors’ note makes clear, the arrangement was a conflict of interest. This was a significant lapse in judgment. We are reviewing this matter and will take appropriate action once the investigation has concluded." After initially being suspended, Crouse announced weeks later she was leaving the Times after 16 years with the paper. The controversy received no on-air mention by Stelter, a former media reporter for the Times. -Fox News USA Today botches fact-check claiming Biden didn't check his watch during dignified transfer ceremony "Stelter typically reveres fact-checks conducted by his media allies, but there was one in particular that mysteriously never reached the "Reliable Sources" radar," writes Wulfohn. Biden was slammed by Gold Star families after he checked his watch several times during a ceremony for 13 service members that were killed during his botched Afghanistan pullout. Gold Star Father Darin Hoover, whose son Marine Staff Sgt. Taylor Hoover was killed in Kabul, alleges that President Biden looked down at his watch when all 13 fallen service members arrived at Dover Air Force Base: "That happened on every single one of them." pic.twitter.com/PC83XWNWsx — Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) August 31, 2021 USA Today attempted to "fact-check" the report, claiming that Biden had only checked his watch after the ceremony. Not so. And USA Today was forced to issue a correction which read: "This story was updated Sept. 2 to note that Biden checked his watch multiple times at the dignified transfer event, including during the ceremony itself." Meghan McCain's dramatic exit from "The View" 2021 was a year of many high-profile media departures, among them the exit of "The View" co-host Meghan McCain.  McCain turned the ABC daytime talk show into must-watch television for the on-air clashes she had with her liberal co-hosts throughout much of the Trump administration, as well as the first six months into the Biden administration.  While she was vocal with her opposition to Trump, her conservative stance was repeatedly met with hostility from Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar and Sunny Hostin.  But McCain's exit received no mention on "Reliable Sources." -Fox News Jeffrey Toobin's awkward return to CNN Need we say more? Stelter certainly didn't. We just want to reintroduce Jeffry Toobin after a bit of a hiatus *fap fap fap fap* Jeffrey had to take time off *fap fap fap* After an unfortunate incident during *fap … fap fap* A zoom meeting. Welcome back, Jeffrey. *fapfapfap* Jeffrey, stop pic.twitter.com/piS3vp778L — Geoffrey Ingersoll (@GPIngersoll) June 10, 2021 Chris Cuomo's mounting scandals When CNN announced it had fired its primetime star Chris Cuomo after the network learned of a second sexual harassment allegation leveled against him, Stelter spoke critically of his fallen colleague and the "headaches" he created for CNN as he aided his brother, now-ousted Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. This, however, was a drastic shift in tone since the CNN lackey spent months defending the anchor and downplaying the blatant violation of journalistic ethics, most infamously on "The Late Show." But while Stelter was occasionally forced to address the Cuomo saga on "Reliable Sources," there were other controversies that plagued the CNN host he overlooked. For example, he made no mention of Cuomo's first accuser, veteran TV producer Shelley Ross, who alleged that he grabbed her buttock at a 2005 work function when the two of them were colleagues at ABC News. -Fox News And finally... CNN's own producer arrested for child sex crimes The "Reliable Sources" host would be the first to revel whenever an employee at a conservative media outlet landed in hot water, but he was noticeably mum about the alleged pedophile walking the halls of CNN. John Griffin, a senior producer for CNN's flagship morning program "New Day," was arrested by the FBI after a grand jury in Vermont indicted him for shocking child sex crimes.  After initially being suspended, Griffin was later fired by CNN.  "The charges against Mr. Griffin are deeply disturbing. We learned of his arrest Friday afternoon and terminated his employment Monday," a CNN spokesperson told Fox News Digital. -Fox News And, as usual, silence from Stelter! Tyler Durden Mon, 12/27/2021 - 13:30.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeDec 27th, 2021

When a lawmaker is your landlord: Capitol Hill is packed with senators, House members, and senior staff who rent out property

There is no limit, under current law, on how much money members of Congress can make as landlords. Cynthia Malkin, the wife of Democratic Sen. Richard Blumental of Connecticut, earns as much as $1 million a year from Empire State Realty Trust, a now publicly traded company.Chris Trotman/Getty Images At least 238 federal lawmakers are also landlords. More than 200 senior congressional staffers also own properties and land they rent across the US. There is no limit, under current law, on how much they can rake in as landlords. The Empire State Building has decorated the New York City skyline for more than nine decades. One of the world's best-known buildings, it has inspired memorable movie scenes and drawn millions of tourists to its sky-high observation decks.The 102-story skyscraper also happens to be operated by the family of Cynthia Malkin, the wife of Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut. Malkin's father was a real-estate mogul who today remains chairman emeritus of Empire State Realty Trust, a now publicly traded company.For Cynthia Malkin, that real-estate investment trust earns as much as $1 million a year, according to Blumenthal's personal financial disclosures, in which lawmakers are required to report spousal income. It's just one facet of her inherited real-estate wealth that makes Blumenthal, who is up for reelection in 2022, one of the richest people in Congress.The holding was among the hundreds of real-estate investments from Congress that Insider uncovered as part of its Conflicted Congress project, which reviewed nearly 9,000 financial-disclosure reports for all sitting lawmakers and their top-ranking staffers.The Insider analysis identified real estate as a favorite way for members of Congress to pad their $174,000-a-year salaries. In all, 44 senators and 194 US House members had such properties in 2020, annual personal financial disclosures show.Blumenthal's financial disclosure lists at least 43 real-estate investments held by his spouse, including limited-liability companies that are earning interest on rental properties in France, Spain, and England.Empire State Realty Trust includes not just the Empire State Building but numerous other office and retail properties in the Big Apple and New York metropolitan area. Blumenthal's disclosure says 18 retail and office spaces are part of the portfolio. Donald Trump, whose real-estate holdings and political ambitions collided throughout his presidency, tried and failed to acquire the Empire State Building in the 1990s. Today, Malkin's brother, Anthony Malkin, is president, chairman, and CEO of the real-estate investment trust. "Senator Blumenthal's wife, and not Senator Blumenthal himself, is a passive investor in various investment vehicles that hold properties over which she has no control, influence, or discretionary power," Maria McElwain, the communications director for Blumenthal, said when Insider asked about the properties.The Empire State Building's tenants have included Walgreens and LinkedIn, though The New York Times reported that some of the building's other tenants suffered economic disruptions during the coronavirus pandemic. The Empire State Building also has received federal funding from the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program that helps restore historic buildings, according to documents from the US Department of the Interior that didn't specify the date of the tax credit.In general, members of Congress and their senior staff members are not allowed to earn more than $29,595 in income outside their federal salary. But rental properties are exempted from these limits, as are certain other earnings including from stock trades and book deals.Every member of Congress is required to report any of these outside earnings annually, including any property owned by a spouse.Some government-watchdog groups warn that renting out property without certain guardrails — such as disclosing who is renting housing or commercial property — could pose conflicts of interest.Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio at the White House.Alex Wong/Getty ImagesLawmakers lay claim to homes, office parks, and even wineriesInsider's analysis of every congressional disclosure revealed a panoply of properties beyond lawmakers' personal residences.There are hotels — including Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio's reportedly haunted inn — cattle farms, basement apartments, urban row houses, and commercial office buildings.Also listed are wineries, vacant lots, apartment buildings, rollicking houseboats, storage facilities, parking garages, ranch land, rustic cabins, beachfront condos, tourist-friendly duplexes, sequestered villas, and at least one island getaway.No matter the property type, lawmakers made money. What's less clear is how much — congressional disclosure rules don't require members to note whether they're disclosing gross or net real-estate income, and for most of the listings lawmakers didn't voluntarily specify.Some highlights from the money-making ventures among 238 members of Congress include: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who rents out a carriage house in Washington, DC, reported on his 2020 financial disclosure that he earned up to $50,000 a year from the rental. His office didn't reply to questions about the tenants' identity.19 lawmakers reported earning income in 2020 from rental properties located in the Washington, DC, area.25 lawmakers reported earning rental income in 2020 from properties located anywhere other than Washington or their home state.88 lawmakers reported earning at least $15,001 or more in rental income in 2020 from a single property.15 lawmakers reported owning at least one property where they listed earning up to $1 million in rental income.Republican Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana, for his part, is piecing together a small real-estate empire stretching across the Deep South. He's reported that he and his wife, Becky, own nearly three dozen properties, including parcels in his birthplace (Centreville, Mississippi), his adopted home state (Louisiana), and the Florida panhandle (Santa Rosa Beach). His holdings include three residential homes, six commercial buildings, and 23 unimproved lots.Republican Sen. Rand Paul may represent Kentucky, but he's happy to spread his money around the Lone Star State. The two-term lawmaker reported owning six properties in Lake Jackson, Texas, his hometown. The holdings include five residential homes as well as farmland. He also has a rental property in the retirement haven of Destin, Florida. Sen. Chris Coons, a Democrat from Delaware, reported a property in Sanibel Island, Florida, that earns as much as $50,000 in rental income. His office did not reply to questions about the rental.Democratic Rep. Ami Bera of California reported that he and his wife, Janine, owned nine rental properties — all within 3 1/2 miles of one another — in the Golden State's capital. "They believe in the growth and potential of the Sacramento County area, which they have called home for over two decades," a Bera spokesman, Travis Horne, told Insider.Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin has a commercial property in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, that earns $100,000 to $1 million a year, according to his financial disclosures. (Generally, lawmakers are required by law to report their assets in income only in broad ranges.)Johnson's senior communications advisor, Vanessa Ambrosini, told Insider the senator had "no operational role" in the property. "He just rents it," she said.The tenant of the property is Pacur LLC, a plastics company where Johnson's brother, Barry Johnson, was CEO before retiring in November. Pacur is facing a federal civil-rights lawsuit after one of its employees alleged sexual harassment."The senator does not have any knowledge of the alleged incident. He believes all allegations of misconduct should be taken seriously and fully investigated," Ambrosini said. "He continues to have no knowledge of the lawsuit, and is only aware of it because of your inquiry."Ron Johnson sold an ownership stake he had in Pacur in March 2020 for $5 million to $25 million, according to his 2020 annual financial disclosure. Those disclosures show Johnson and his wife still listed earning $1 million a year from Pacur. It also listed a limited-liability company for Pacur that earns more $5 million.Ambrosini said Johnson ceased all operational involvement in Pacur in May 2010 and as of March 2020 no longer had any ownership in the company.The state director for Republican Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa lists earnings from six of his rental properties located in Iowa and California.Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesCongressional staff are also cashing in on rental properties More than 200 senior congressional staff members reported rental income in 2020, according to an Insider analysis of recent congressional financial documents.Capitol Hill staff must report this income every year. The documents they file are tucked away in Senate and House information offices and, for the most part, can be accessed only through in-person visits to Capitol Hill.Clarke Scanlon, the state director for Republican Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa, lists earning $1.2 million to $12 million a year from six of his rental properties located in Iowa and California. It's not clear whether the documents report gross or net income, however, and Scanlon did not respond to requests for comment. Both staff and members are required to report their earnings only in broad ranges.James Lazarus, the state director for Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat of California, reported earning $600,000 to roughly $6 million combined from seven of his rental properties. Among the properties are a Hawaii vacation home, a Panera restaurant in Missouri, a Walgreens drug store in Oklahoma, and a shopping center in Arizona."All of Senator Feinstein's staff comply with laws related to the reporting of their assets," Tom Mentzer, Feinstein's communications director, told Insider. He did not elaborate on the particulars of Lazarus' properties. Leonard Young, the chief of staff for Rep. Julia Brownley, a Democrat of California, owns four properties all in Los Angeles. While he listed $200,000 to $2.1 million in income on his financial disclosures, he told Insider he'd reported gross income rather than net income. "I netted a little over $50,000 combined last year," he said, adding that he has had rental properties since 1998."The market value is in the middle of each range," he said. "They all have disclosed loans in the 60% loan-to-value ballpark."Kimberly Ross, a former chief of staff for Rep. Joyce Beatty, a Democrat of Ohio, has 10 properties in Baltimore that pull in between roughly $75,000 to $240,000, her 2020 financial disclosures show. She did not respond to Insider's questions about the properties.Sen. Jeff Merkley, a Democrat of Oregon, and his wife have four rental properties located in Washington, DC, and Portland, Oregon, that are being operated by management companies,Drew Angerer/Getty ImageRenting property a conflict of interest? Some watchdogs want to see more requirements for congressional staffers and lawmakers to disclose the exact dollar amounts they make from their rental incomes each year.Tyler Gellasch, a former congressional staffer who helped write the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012, said lawmakers should provide more transparency on how their rental properties are managed and who's renting them.Gellasch, who is now a fellow at the Global Financial Markets Center at the Duke University School of Law, said that any lawmakers operating their own rental-property businesses could ultimately find themselves in a similar situation as Trump, whose holdings as he was sworn into office included the Trump International Hotel a few blocks from the White House."There was a lot of speculation to what extent were people such as foreign dignitaries, for example, coming to visit the Trump hotel to curry favor?" he said. "That was always sort of a concern or an accusation that was leveled. But that sort of concern happens with many members of Congress that is very significant."Sen. Jeff Merkley, a Democrat of Oregon, and his wife are together earning up to $200,000 from their four rental properties. These properties, located in Washington, DC, and Portland, Oregon, are being operated by management companies, his office said."Senator Merkley discloses information on each rental in his annual financial disclosure and utilizes professional management companies to ensure that they are properly managed," Merkley's communications director, Ray Zaccaro, said.Asked whether the senator had ever rented his properties out to lobbyists, his office responded "none have been rented to lobbyists, and there are no known conflicts of interest."Gellasch, for his part, recommends that lawmakers scale back their rental-property efforts."We need them to act as public servants," he said, adding that might mean "sacrificing perhaps some of their own income and opportunities to do so."Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderDec 17th, 2021

Chris Cuomo, fired by CNN, announces he"s leaving SiriusXM radio show

The former CNN anchor said he needs to "take a step back" after he was fired following news that he helped his brother combat sexual harassment allegations. CNN host Chris Cuomo.Donald Bowers/Getty Images Chris Cuomo announced on Instagram that he would no longer do a radio show for SiriusXM. Cuomo joined the satellite radio network in September 2018. He was fired by CNN last week over his role in brother Andrew Cuomo's sexual harassment scandal. Former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo announced Monday that he was leaving the satellite radio network SiriusXM after more than three years with the company.In a post on Instagram, Cuomo said the "way my time ended at CNN was hard" and that he needed "to take a step back and focus on what comes next."The post came roughly 48 hours after he was fired by CNN, which said he violated the company's ethical standards.Transcripts released last month by the New York Attorney General's Office revealed that Cuomo played an intimate role in assisting brother Andrew Cuomo, the former governor of New York, in crafting a media response to allegations of sexual harassment. Text messages show he also used his media contacts to look into his brother's accusers.Cuomo had hosted a weekday, two-hour program on SiriusXM since September 2018. On Monday, the show, "Let's Get After It," was hosted by former ABC News journalist Brian Ross.A spokesperson for SiriusXM declined to comment on whether the company had itself chosen to sever its relationship with Cuomo."We thank Chris for his work at SiriusXM," the spokesperson said, adding that his show "will no longer air."Have a news tip? Email this reporter: cdavis@insider.comRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderDec 6th, 2021

Sean Hannity said Chris Cuomo "helping a brother" shouldn"t get him fired from CNN

Cuomo was suspended from his prime-time CNN show after a damning report from New York's attorney general was released Monday. Chris Cuomo and Sean HannityGilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images; Taylor Hill/WireImage Fox News host Sean Hannity came to the defense of CNN's Chris Cuomo Tuesday night. Normally a sworn foe, Hannity gave the younger Cuomo the benefit of the doubt. "Helping a brother and a friend in the worst moment of their life is probably not the worst offense," Hannity said. Fox News host Sean Hannity defended CNN's Chris Cuomo after the prime-time anchor was suspended indefinitely, saying "helping a brother" shouldn't get him fired. CNN announced Cuomo's suspension on Tuesday after newly released documents revealed that he apparently used media sources to try to help his brother — disgraced ex-New York governor Andrew Cuomo — during the politician's sexual harassment scandal.The revelations came to light in transcripts released by the New York attorney general's office on Monday. "You in this audience know I don't ever call for boycotts, firings, cancellations of any kind," Hannity said on his show Tuesday night as he spoke of Chris Cuomo's suspension. Hannity continued, "While it's clear that Chris totally mishandled the mess with his brother, we don't know what the governor told him from the start, and honestly probably my guess that he wasn't even honest with his own brother.""You know, Chris' brother, Andrew, was in big trouble," Hannity said, adding, "Helping a brother and a friend in the worst moment of their life is probably not the worst offense."Hannity went on to say, "If Chris does get back on the air, I assume he will apologize, but I believe in second chances when sincere apologies are made, but it's you the audience — you decide if an apology is sincere."The ongoing ethics issues with Chris Cuomo at CNN became a common segment on Fox News for stretches of Andrew's multiple scandals.Typified by the segment where Chris concluded an interview with Andrew on the primetime show by mocking his older brother with a giant COVID test swab, Fox News pundits argued nobody on the Republican side of the aisle would ever get away with such a cozy relationship with a news anchor.—Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) May 21, 2020While Hannity appeared at rallies with former President Donald Trump and even wrote a campaign ad for him before their reported falling out, the Cuomo brothers were unique in their positions, with no equivalent fraternal relationship in US politics.As Chris Cuomo remains sidelined from his show indefinitely, Andrew Cuomo's second accuser, Charlotte Bennett, continued to call for the CNN host's ouster.On Tuesday, Bennett said CNN should fire Cuomo for what she described as his "reprehensible, unprofessional and inexcusable" behavior, adding that the network "need not investigate his behavior — the investigation is over, and yesterday we received answers: Just like his older brother, Chris Cuomo used his time, network and resources to help smear victims, dig up opposition research, and belittle our credible allegations."Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: smallbizSource: nytDec 1st, 2021

CNN Suspends Chris Cuomo "Indefinitely"

CNN Suspends Chris Cuomo 'Indefinitely' Update (1835ET): CNN has suspended Chris Cuomo indefinitely following the release of new documents this week that reveal he leveraged media sources to help dig up dirt on his brother's accusers. "The New York Attorney General’s office released transcripts and exhibits Monday that shed new light on Chris Cuomo’s involvements in his brother’s defense. The documents, which we were not privy to before their public release, raise serious questions," the network said in a Tuesday statement. "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. 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." *  *  * Authored by Zachary Stieber via The Epoch Times, CNN is reviewing material released Monday that showed host Chris Cuomo was not truthful to viewers when he told them in August that he did not speak to fellow media members about the scandal that engulfed his brother Andrew Cuomo. “The thousands of pages of additional transcripts and exhibits that were released today by the NY Attorney General deserve a thorough review and consideration,” CNN said in a statement. “We will be having conversations and seeking additional clarity about their significance as they relate to CNN over the next several days,” the news outlet added. Speaking on his show earlier this year, Chris Cuomo claimed that he “never made calls to the press about my brother’s situation.” But the newly released material showed Chris Cuomo tapped sources, including some inside rival outlets, to try to ascertain if more women were coming forward to accuse his brother of sexual misconduct. In one case, Chris Cuomo was tasked by Melissa DeRosa, at the time a top aide to Andrew Cuomo, with gathering “intel” about a looming story by New Yorker reporter Ronan Farrow. Chris Cuomo was successful, telling DeRosa in a text message on March 15 that Farrow’s story “not ready for tomorrow.” In another message, Chris Cuomo appeared to signal that he spoke directly with Farrow. He also checked into rumored stories by other outlets, including Politico. Other texts showed the CNN host drafted entire statements he hoped the New York gubernatorial office would release and attribute to Andrew Cuomo, who was governor at the time. Chris Cuomo has not responded to requests for comment. He told investigators during a deposition that he did not try to affect any reports. “If I had tried to influence any of the reporting at CNN or anywhere else, I guarantee you, you people would know, and so would a lot of others,” he said. “So the idea of one reporter calling another to find out about what’s coming down the pipe is completely business-as-usual.” Experts have told The Epoch Times that Chris Cuomo’s behavior violates journalism standards and questioned CNN’s lack of transparency regarding the situation. It is unethical for a journalist to use their position, contacts, and influence to help a family member or friend involved in an investigation by law enforcement,” Rebecca Aguilar, president of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), said in an email. “The SPJ Code of Ethics clarifies the rules: Avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived, minimize harm and be accountable and transparent,” she added. Tyler Durden Tue, 11/30/2021 - 18:35.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeNov 30th, 2021

Charlotte Bennett, an Andrew Cuomo accuser, calls on CNN to fire Chris Cuomo: "His behavior is reprehensible, unprofessional and inexcusable"

"Anything short of firing Chris Cuomo reflects a network lacking both morals and a backbone," Bennett said following new transcript revelations. CNN host Chris Cuomo.Donald Bowers/Getty Images Charlotte Bennett called on CNN to fire Chris Cuomo on Tuesday. Bennett accused former NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexually harassing her when she worked for him. She said "anything short of firing Chris Cuomo" shows CNN lacks "both morals and a backbone." One of former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's accusers, Charlotte Bennett, called on CNN to fire his brother in a Tuesday statement.Bennett spoke out following Monday's revelations about the extent of Chris Cuomo's involvement in combatting the sexual harassment investigations that ultimately led to his brother's resignation."Anything short of firing Chris Cuomo reflects a network lacking both morals and a backbone," she wrote in a statement she posted to Twitter.In newly released transcripts from New York Attorney General Tish James, Chris told Cuomo's staff in text messages that he had "a lead on the wedding girl," referring to Anna Ruch, who accused the former governor of making an unwanted advance at a wedding.The text message exhibits included in Monday's document dump also showed Chris saying he would use his media sources to find out if there were any other accusers coming forward; the New York AG found instances of sexual misconduct from the former governor among 11 women."Yesterday, we learned just how far Chris Cuomo was willing to go to discredit, silence and smear women, like me, who came forward to report Governor Cuomo's sexual misconduct," Bennett writes. "In addition to scouring the internet for personal information about me, he reached out to his professional network with the hope of intercepting additional allegations against his brother, Governor Cuomo."—Charlotte Bennett (@_char_bennett_) November 30, 2021 She went on to say CNN "need not investigate his behavior — the investigation is over, and yesterday we received answers: Just like his older brother, Chris Cuomo used his time, network and resources to help smear victims, dig up opposition research, and belittle our credible allegations.""His behavior is reprehensible, unprofessional and inexcusable," Bennett added.A spokesperson for CNN did not immediately return Insider's request for comment.Later on Monday, the network promised a "thorough review" of the transcripts involving their 9 p.m. anchor.Chris did not address any of the transcripts or calls for his ouster during his show Monday night.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 30th, 2021

CBS fires Moonves without $120 mln severance

CBS fired its chief executive Leslie Moonves without a $120 million severance package amidst sexual harassment and assault scandal. Roselle Chen reports......»»

Category: videoSource: reutersDec 18th, 2018

Insiders reveal what it"s really like working at Amazon when it comes to hiring, firing, performance reviews, and more

Amazon employs 1.3 million people, and it can be a tough place to work. Here's what it's like to work at the world's largest e-commerce company. Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Andy Jassy.David Ryder/Getty Images; Isaac Brekken/AP Images for NFL, File; Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images; Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images; Emanuele Cremaschi/Getty Images; Ohannes EiseleAFP via Getty Images; Marcos del Mazo/LightRocket via Getty Images; Samantha Lee/Insider Insider is investigating Amazon's workplace amid a major effort to unionize the company. The e-commerce and cloud giant has a complex performance-review system some employees say is unfair. Amazon is investigating allegations of gender bias in its Prime division after Insider reporting. See more stories on Insider's business page. Amazon is the second-largest US employer and still one of the fastest-growing in the country. It offers income and benefits to well over 1 million people, and it's been a source of jobs and shopping convenience during the pandemic.With that level of influence, Amazon's operations have come under intense scrutiny, which has prompted a nationwide unionization effort. The following covers everything you need to know about what it's like to work at the company.How Amazon culls its workforceUnder outgoing CEO Andy Jassy, Amazon's cloud unit has built up an impressive roster of cloud security partners — but they often also work with competitors Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud.Reuters/Richard BrianInsider is investigating Amazon's system for improving, or ousting, employees deemed underperformers. Once managers label workers as struggling, they are put on a "Focus" coaching plan. If they fail there, the workers are moved to another program called "Pivot," and then finally to an internal company jury that decides their fate at the company.The system has been criticized by some current and former employees, who say it is unfairly stacked against them and can encourage managers to give bad reviews to good staff. Amazon says it gives managers tools to help employees improve and advance in their careers. "This includes resources for employees who are not meeting expectations and may require additional coaching. If an employee believes they are not receiving a fair assessment of their performance, they have multiple channels where they can raise this," a company spokesperson said recently.Amazon has a goal to get rid of a certain number of employees each year, which is called unregretted attrition. Some managers at the company told Insider they felt so much pressure to meet the target that they hire people who they intend to fire within a year.Read more Inside Amazon's complex employee-review system, where workers feel left in the dark and managers expect to give 5% of reports bad reviewsFlow chart: An exclusive look at Amazon's controversial system for fixing or ousting underperforming employeesHundreds of Amazon employees join an internal Slack channel to criticize its opaque performance-review systemSome Amazon managers say they 'hire to fire' people just to meet the internal turnover goal every yearLeaked documents show Amazon Music wants to scrap a controversial companywide performance review system that some say unfairly fires employeesThe company has been hit with allegations of biasKyodo News via Getty ImagesThere's been a rash of lawsuits filed against Amazon alleging gender and racial bias. In May, five current and former female employees sued the company Amazon, claiming "abusive mistreatment by primarily white male managers."In February, Charlotte Newman, a Black Amazon manager, filed a suit alleging gender discrimination and sexual harassment. And last year, a high-profile female engineer called on the company to fix what she saw as a "harassment culture," Insider reported."We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind," an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement. "We immediately investigated Ms. Newman's sexual harassment claim and fired her harasser."The investigation resulted in "corrective action and additional training requirements for those in her reporting line," the spokesperson added. "We also reviewed Ms. Newman's interview process, leveling and onboarding, and determined that she was properly placed in her role at the company. We are currently investigating the new allegations included in the lawsuit."Read more Amazon Prime employees say women get few promotions and there's a culture of aggressive male-dominated managementAmazon is investigating allegations of gender bias in its Prime team after Insider reportingAmazon faces 5 lawsuits from warehouse and corporate employees alleging discrimination and retaliationAmazon's warehouses churn through workersRobotic Amazon warehouses use robots to ferry shelves of items around the warehouse floor. Above, a photo taken in an Amazon warehouse in the UK.Isobel Asher Hamilton/InsiderThe company's fulfillment centers employ hundreds of thousands of people, offering pay and benefits that are competitive versus other retail-industry jobs. But the work can be grueling, some staff don't stick around long, and there are growing efforts to unionize this modern blue-collar workforce.Amazon warehouses are partly automated, using robots that zip around the shop floor fetching pallets of merchandise and bringing them to employees who pick the correct items and pack them for shipping. The company hires thousands of extra temporary workers each year to support a surge in orders during the holiday shopping period.During the pandemic, online orders have jumped at an unusual time for Amazon. It prompted an unprecedented hiring spree last year but caused tension with workers concerned about entering warehouses that could spread the virus. These issues came to a head earlier this year, when employees at a fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama, voted on whether to form a union. The effort failed, but there's a bigger union push gathering steam.In his final shareholder letter as CEO earlier this year, Jeff Bezos defended Amazon's working conditions, but said the company needed "to do a better job for our employees."Read more6 current and former Amazon warehouse employees explained why they think turnover is so highAmazon warehouse workers are reportedly almost twice as likely to face serious injuries compared to rivals like WalmartAmazon defeated a vote to form a union at its warehouse in Bessemer, AlabamaThe International Brotherhood of Teamsters voted in late June about organizing Amazon workersAmazon's delivery network relies on thousands of driversSmith Collection/Gado/Getty ImagesThe company partners with UPS, FedEx, and the US Postal Service, but it also operates a massive fleet of in-house delivery vehicles. These vans are driven by a combination of employees, third-party courier services, and contract workers.Amazon is known for imposing strict time constraints on drivers and tracking how many times they stop and how fast they drive. While the company factors in break times — a 30-minute lunch and two 15-minute breaks — some drivers say they either can't or don't want to take them.Earlier this year, a US lawmaker tweeted that Amazon workers have to pee in bottles. The company denied this, but multiple drivers confirmed it was part of the job. Amazon later apologized and said drivers have trouble finding restrooms because of traffic and being on rural routes, adding that the issue has been exacerbated by closed public bathrooms during the pandemic.Read moreAn Amazon driver lost her job after the company's algorithm fired her. A day in the life of an Amazon delivery driverAmazon drivers describe paranoia of working with surveillance cameras that monitor them constantlyI'm an Amazon delivery driver who's had to pee in water bottles and eat lunch in my vanHow to get a job at AmazonJob seekers line up to apply during "Amazon Jobs Day" at a fulfillment center in Fall River, Massachusetts, in August 2017.Brian Snyder/ReutersAmazon remains an important employer that is growing quickly. Unlike some of its Big Tech rivals, the company offers a range of positions, from highly technical roles to blue-collar jobs. It's recruiting methods range from massive job fairs to tough one-on-one interviews.The company ranks among the top employers among technical students. In a survey published last year, Amazon came 10th in a survey of engineering students, beating out Intel and IBM but trailing Tesla and SpaceX.Read more How to master Amazon's ruthless interview process and get a job there, according to insidersThe Amazon executive in charge of recruitment reveals what it takes to get a job at the e-commerce giant4 mistakes to avoid if you want to succeed in Amazon's application processRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderJan 4th, 2022

Andrew Cuomo Skates On Breast-Fondling Case After Albany DA Drops Sexual Assault Charges

Andrew Cuomo Skates On Breast-Fondling Case After Albany DA Drops Sexual Assault Charges Andrew Cuomo may have resigned amid a flood of sexual harassment allegations, but the former Democratic Governor of New York will skate on criminal sexual assault charges filed in late October, which Attorney General Letitia James sought to have dismissed. Former Cuomo staffer Brittany Commisso filed the criminal complaint According to a one-page complaint from the Albany County Sheriff's Office, Cuomo is accused of forcibly touching "Executive Assistant #1" - later identified as Brittany Commisso, while in a 'forced hug. ' The unidentified victim lodged the most serious accusation against the governor detailed in AG James’ report, alleging he pulled her in for a hug, reached under her blouse and fondled one of her breasts in the Executive Mansion in Albany on Nov. 16. ... The victim also told investigators that Cuomo groped her after asking her to snap selfies inside his office at the Executive Mansion on Dec. 31, 2019. -NY Post None of that matters now, however. "Albany County District Attorney David Soares announced today that a thorough and independent review of the investigation into the allegations against former Governor Andrew Cuomo has concluded," the DA's office said in a statement. "While many have an opinion regarding the allegations against the former Governor, the Albany County DA’s Office is the only one who has a burden to prove the elements of a crime beyond a reasonable doubt. While we found the complainant in this case cooperative and credible, after review of all the available evidence we have concluded that we cannot meet our burden at trial," DA David Soares said in a Tuesday statement reported by the NY Post. "As such we have notified the Court that we are declining to prosecute this matter and requesting the charges filed by the Albany County Sheriff be dismissed." Sources confirmed Brittany Commisso — the former Cuomo staffer and current state worker who filed the criminal complaint against Cuomo with the Albany Sheriff’s Office for groping her in the Executive Mansion in Albany — met with the Albany DA’s office on Monday and was told the office would not prosecute the case. -NY Post "I, like most New Yorkers, remain deeply troubled by allegations like the ones at issue here. Such conduct has no place in government or in any workplace. Although avenues for criminal prosecution in these cases are sometimes limited, I encourage victims of workplace harassment and abuse to continue to come forward and bring these issues to light so that these important discussions can continue," said DA Soares. "The decision to discontinue criminal prosecution is unrelated to any possible civil liability, which is beyond the scope of a District Attorney’s jurisdiction." According to Commisso's attorney, Brian Premo, "In this case my client had no control over the filing or prosecution of criminal charges. She had no authority or voice in those decisions. The only thing she has any power over is her resolution to continue to speak the truth and seek justice in an appropriate civil action, which she will do in due course." More cleanup As the Post also notes, it was revealed on Monday that the Manhattan DA has dropped its probe into Cuomo's nursing home scandal. Meanwhile, last week the former Governor was let off the hook for inappropriately touching a female state trooper and kissing random women while he was in office. Tyler Durden Tue, 01/04/2022 - 13:21.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeJan 4th, 2022

Andrew Cuomo won"t face prosecution from the Albany County DA over alleged groping incident

Albany County DA David Soares said on Tuesday that the accuser is "credible," but the burden of proof has not been met. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (right).REUTERS/Mike Segar Former NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo will not be prosecuted over an alleged groping incident. Albany County DA David Soares said the accuser is "credible," but the burden of proof has not been met. The Soares announcement comes on the heels of the new Manhattan DA also forgoing prosecution. Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will avoid prosecution over one of the most serious accusations that forced him out of office.In a statement late Tuesday morning, Albany County District Attorney David Soares confirmed that his office will not pursue any legal action against Cuomo."While many have an opinion regarding the allegations against the former governor, the Albany County D.A.'s Office is the only one who has a burden to prove the elements of a crime beyond a reasonable doubt," the district attorney said in a statement. "While we found the complainant in this case cooperative and credible, after review of all the available evidence we have concluded that we cannot meet our burden at trial."Soares made the announcement roughly 15 hours after the Albany Times-Union reported his office was expected to drop the case.The Albany County DA is the third district attorney to close an inquiry into the Cuomo sexual harassment scandal, according to The New York Times.Cuomo was due to appear in court this month, but the case hit a snag when Soares said Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple "unilaterally and inexplicably" filed a criminal complaint without a sworn statement from the accuser, former staffer Britanny Commisso.Commisso is the sixth woman who accused Cuomo of sexual misconduct. She recounted the governor inappropriately touching her when she was summoned to the executive mansion in 2020.Along with 10 other women, Commisso's allegations were corroborated and found to be credible in a 165-page report by New York Attorney General Tish James.Cuomo has continuously denied any wrongdoing, and resigned in August 2020.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderJan 4th, 2022

"A Scandal-Free Biden Administration": The Media Celebrates A Year Free From Political Scandal And Press Scrutiny

"A Scandal-Free Biden Administration": The Media Celebrates A Year Free From Political Scandal And Press Scrutiny Authored by Jonathan Turley, With the conclusion of the first year of the Biden Administration, White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain sought to end on a high, or at least higher, note by retweeting a column saying that 2021 was not “all bad.” It was like bragging that a first date told you that the evening could have been worse. However, what really stood out in the column by Albert Hunt was the key rationale: the first year was “scandal free.” Calling 2021 “scandal free” is not merely an example of blinkered commentary, it is an  exercise of willful blindness. This is why magicians often make audience members part of the illusion. Houdini did not actually make his 10,000 pound elephant Jennie disappear. It was there the whole time but the audience did not want to see it. That’s the trick. At his inauguration, President Biden promised the return of good government and newspapers like the Washington Post heralded the end to Trump’s “­scandal-plagued single term.” Now, at the end of the first year, readers are being asked to “think back four years ago: The Trump administration looked more like ‘The Godfather’ — without the skill.” There is ample reason for the White House and many in the media to celebrate the lack of scandals in the Biden Administration because it was a collective effort. Of course, four years ago, the media was all-in on the Russian collusion allegations. The media was doing non-stop coverage of the Steele dossier with little scrutiny or effort to uncover those who funded it. The dossier was later discredited and American intelligence warned that Russian intelligence may have used it to plant disinformation. While the Clinton campaign repeatedly denied funding the dossier, it was revealed (after the election) that not only did the Clinton campaign fund and push the dossier but allegedly lied to Congress, the media, and the FBI. Clinton campaign chair John Podesta allegedly denied such funding to congressional staff. According to reports, sitting next to him was Clinton attorney Marc Elias (who was later found to have funded the dossier through the Clinton campaign’s legal account). The only thing more impressive than the relentless coverage of Trump scandals in 2017 was the relentless avoidance of Biden scandals in 2020.  The media did give passing coverage to the host of Biden false claims and stories that range from saying that he was “arrested trying to see Nelson Mandela” to his evolving Amtrak claims to reinventing his positions on foreign wars like Afghanistan. There were also federal violations by Biden officials and allegations of improper presidential influence on pending investigations. However, when it came to the truly scandalous, the media was thoroughly uninterested. Consider just three of the Voldemort scandals of 2020, or those scandals which must not be named by the media: The Hunter Biden Laptop: The successful effort to bury the Hunter Biden story is the single greatest political achievement in modern politics, but it took a concerted effort by reporters and columnists in Washington. What was most impressive is that the Biden campaign and family never denied that the laptop was authentic. The laptop details potential criminal acts by Hunter Biden from extensive drug use to hiring prostitutes to alleged financial and tax violations. It also included his admission that prior files were likely in the hands of foreign intelligence to use for blackmailing him and his father. There is also the “red flag” gun controversy involving Hunter Biden. Not only did social media companies blackout references to the laptop, but the media has steadfastly continued to refuse to pursue these potential criminal acts. The laptop was seized by the FBI in an ongoing federal investigation into possible tax and financial wrongdoing. Biden Family Influence Peddling: Influence peddling has long been associated with the Biden family but only sparingly reported, even though both President Biden’s brothers Frank and James are accused of openly hawking their ties to him.  Hunter’s laptop added evidence of hundreds of emails on transactions by Hunter Biden, his uncle James Biden, and Joe Biden. The emails magnify earlier allegations that the Biden family engaged in open influence peddling when Joe Biden was Vice President with an assortment of foreign figures and countries. Some of those dealings continued into the Biden presidency. Hunter Biden admits that he was a hopeless drug addict well into his father’s presidential campaign. However, these foreign figures continued to give Hunter millions and Hunter openly assisted in their meetings with his father and linking up with Administration officials. One of the key figures in these dealings has claimed that he met personally with Joe Biden to discuss the deals. These meetings and dinners directly contradict denials from President Biden, who is referred to extensively in emails concerning payments and meetings as “the Big Guy,” “Celtic,” and other names. President Biden appears to have had bills paid from out of these accounts and his shared card may have been used in some of the most dubious transactions. Some dealings have direct national security implications for the United States. Despite the ongoing federal investigation, there has been no call for a Special Counsel even though President Biden is referenced and potentially implicated in some of these transactions. Nevertheless, Hunter continues to rack in the dough by other means, including art deals that have been denounced as ethically corrupt. The Ashley Biden Diary: The latest scandal involves the other first child, Ashley Biden.  Like her brother Hunter, Ashley has struggled with addiction and left her diary with some clothes in a house in Delray, Florida.  The diary was later sent to Project Veritas, a conservative publication which decided not to run the information. The contents of the diary, however, have been reported on other sites, including allegations against her father involving “inappropriate” contacts. As with the Hunter Biden laptop, the Biden family has not denied the authenticity of the diary or the underlying passages. It also did not sue the other conservative sites for defamation in publishing what they alleged to be passages from the diary. Instead, the family lawyers called upon the Justice Department to get involved the case of a missing diary. The Justice Department’s response was so overwhelming you would have thought that they were looking for evidence of Lindbergh’s baby rather than Ashley’s diary.  It conducted raids on journalists and the seizure of confidential material around the country. The media was not interested in the use of the FBI to launch a national investigation into the missing diary. Indeed, the raiding of the home of a conservative publisher was barely noted even though the New York Times could also have been raided on the same grounds as Project Veritas. The Times acquired confidential and presumably stolen legal material from Project Veritas and, unlike Project Veritas, published the presumably stolen information. However, the Biden Justice Department was only interested in cracking down on the acquisition or coverage of the Ashley Biden diary. In reviewing these scandals, ask yourself what the media would have done with a diary from Ivanka Trump with these allegations or foreign influence peddling by the Trump children. You do not have to wonder. They covered every possible foreign influence source from hotel rentals to loans in exhaustive details, including Trump children “influence peddling.” I thought that interest and coverage was warranted. However, when hundreds of emails and transactions showed raw influence peddling by the Biden family (including the involvement of President Biden), neither the media nor the members could be bothered. There would be no “­scandal-plagued single term” for President Biden. For the media (and Ron Klain) to pronounce the Biden Administration “scandal free” is akin to the NFL once denying that traumatic brain injury was rampant in football. If there is no coverage, there is no scandal. That is certainly an accomplishment worth noting, but hardly worth celebrating. Tyler Durden Sun, 01/02/2022 - 15:30.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeJan 2nd, 2022

Andrew Cuomo won"t face criminal charges after a female state trooper accused him of touching her inappropriately

Acting Nassau County DA Joyce Smith said a probe into the allegations found them "credible, deeply troubling, but not criminal under New York law." New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.AP Photo/Richard Drew Former NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo won't face criminal charges over a female state trooper's sexual harassment allegations. The Nassau County acting DA said while the allegations were "credible" and "deeply troubling," they were not criminal. In a CNN interview in August, an attorney for Cuomo said the governor extended an apology to the state trooper. Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will not face criminal charges after a female state trooper accused him of touching her inappropriately in 2019, a county prosecutor said Thursday.The 2019 incident was included in a damning investigation into the former governor's conduct by New York Attorney General Letitia James.The trooper, who was identified as "Trooper No. 1" in the AG's report, was assigned to protect Cuomo during an event in 2019 at the Belmont Park racetrack. According to testimony transcripts, the former governor ran the palm of his left hand across her stomach."And while he's walking and we're in motion, while he's walking into the door, he takes his left hand and basically, like, thumb facing down, I felt the palm of his hand in the center of my stomach on my bellybutton and, like, pushed back towards my right hip, like, where my gun is," she said. "So he's walking one way, his hand is running across my stomach in the opposite direction.""I felt like completely violated because, to me, that's between my chest and my privates, which, you know, if he was a little bit north or a little bit south, it's not good," the trooper said, according to the report.Joyce Smith, Nassau County's acting district attorney, said, though an "exhaustive investigation" into the trooper's allegations found them "credible, deeply troubling," they were "not criminal under New York law.""It is important to note that our investigation was limited to alleged conduct at Belmont Racetrack, and prosecutors in other jurisdictions continue to review other allegations of misconduct by Mr. Cuomo," Smith said in a statement.She added: "We thank the brave individuals who came forward and cooperated with our office during this investigation and gratefully acknowledge our colleagues, Attorney General James, and the New York State Assembly, for their diligence and collaboration."In a statement posted to Twitter, Cuomo's spokesperson Rich Azzopardi slammed James, accusing her of using the investigation into Cuomo as a "political springboard" for her own bid for governor next year, an effort which she has since abandoned."With each passing day, it becomes more and more clear that the Attorney General's report was the intersection of gross prosecutorial misconduct and an abuse of government power for political purposes," Azzopardi said. "Her press conference claimed '11 cases of violations of federal and state laws,' ignited the cancel culture mentality, and started a media and political stampede against Governor Cuomo."Cuomo resigned from office in August amid a slew of sexual harassment accusations by several women. He has since denied the allegations against him in the scandal.In a CNN interview in August, an attorney for Cuomo said the governor extended an apology to the state trooper."With respect to trooper, number one, he wants to apologize to her," attorney Rita Glavin said in the interview. "He has tremendous respect for her, and he never in any way, shape, or form meant to make her feel as if he was touching her in a sexual way or violated her as I think she testified to."Glavin added: "I do want to make that point, that in many ways that she felt that way, that he did something that, you know, was untoward and that she felt disrespected, absolutely. He feels quite badly about it."A lawyer representing the state trooper did not immediately return Insider's request for comment. Insider also reached out to James' office for comment on the Nassau County DA's decision not to press criminal charges.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderDec 24th, 2021

NYT Reveals How Ashley Biden"s "Inappropriate Showers With Joe" Diary Made Its Way To Project Veritas

NYT Reveals How Ashley Biden's 'Inappropriate Showers With Joe' Diary Made Its Way To Project Veritas Ashley Biden's diary - over which Project Veritas was raided by the FBI last month - made its way to the whistleblower organization after Ms. Biden left her belongings at a friend's house, where she was staying after completing a rehab program for addiction, according to the New York Times. via National File In the spring of 2020, as Joe Biden was in the process of clinching the Democratic presidential nomination, Ashley was living in Delray Beach, FL with said friend "who had rented a two-bedroom house lined with palm trees with a large swimming pool and wraparound driveway," according to people familiar with the matter. In June, however, Ashley visited the Philadelphia area as Joe's campaign was ramping up. "She decided to leave some of her belongings behind, including a duffel bag and another bag," according to the report. Enter Aimee Several weeks after Ashley left the Delray house, the friend who hosted her invited an ex-girlfriend named Aimee Harris and her two children to move in. Harris, in the middle of a custody dispute and financial woes, appears to have been a Trump supporter according to 'social media postings and conversations.' She learned that Ashley Biden had stayed there, and that some of her things had been left behind, according to two people familiar with the mater. So how did it get to Veritas? Most likely Aimee. Exactly what happened next remains the subject of the federal investigation. But by September, the diary had been acquired from Ms. Harris and a friend by Project Veritas, whose operations against liberal groups and traditional news organizations had helped make it a favorite of Mr. Trump. In a court filing, Project Veritas told a federal judge that around Sept. 3, 2020, someone the group described as “a tipster” called Project Veritas and left a voice message. The caller said “a new occupant moved into a place where Ashley Biden had previously been staying and found Ms. Biden’s diary and other personal items.” The “diary is pretty crazy,” the tipster said on the voice mail, according to a Project Veritas court filing. “I think it’s worth taking a look at.” -NYT Court filings reveal that Project Veritas bought the diary (though never published it), through an unnamed proxy identified as "A.H." and "R.K." - Harris and Robert Kurlander, a self-described venture capitalist, longtime friend, and former housemate of Harris. 27 years ago, Kurlander "pleaded guilty in federal court in Florida to a conspiracy count in a drug-related money laundering scheme" and was sentenced to 40 months in prison, per the Times, which added that the same case resulted in a guilty plea from David Witter - grandson of the founder of Dean Witter. Days before the 2020 election, Kurlander tweeted: "Where are Biden's two kids?" adding "Ashley and Hunter are disasters. Reflection of the parents." @realDonaldTrump @DonaldJTrumpJr where are Biden’s two kids ? Why aren’t they campaigning like your 4 kids? Your great awesome kids. You can tell a lot about the family by the children!!!!! Ashley and Hunter are disasters. Reflection of the parents. Joe !!! — Bob Kurlander (@BobKurlander) October 19, 2020 According to the Times, Harris is "fully cooperating with the investigation and will remain responsive to the government’s requests for evidence and for her version of events," according to her attorney, Guy Fronstin. "When the facts emerge it will be clear that my client has information relative to the investigation but no culpability." Veritas declined to publish the diary according to an Oct. 12, 2020 email included in a Project Veritas court filing, with founder James O'Keefe telling his staff that they decided to pull the story because "We have no doubt the document is real," but that the publication of it would be "characterized as a cheap shot." That said, Veritas did attempt to use it as leverage - emailing Biden and his campaign to let them know that it had obtained a diary that Ms. Biden had "abandoned," and wanted to interview Joe Biden on camera about bombshell allegations. "Should we not hear from you by Tuesday, October 20, 2020, we will have no choice but to act unilaterally and reserve the right to disclose that you refused our offer to provide answers to the questions raised by your daughter," wrote Veritas' chief legal officer, Jered T. Ede. Biden's attorneys accused Veritas of threatening them as part of "extortionate effort to secure an interview," and refused to acknowledge whether it was genuine. That said, they told Veritas' Ede that it should be treated as stolen property and that "serious crimes" may have been committed in obtaining it. Bombshell allegations The Times also confirms the legitimacy of a report by National File's Patrick Howley, who published excerpts from the diary on Oct. 24, 2020 - and the full diary two days later. While treated as potentially fake at the time, we now know that the contents are legit - including claims that Joe took 'probably inappropriate' showers with Ashley, and that she believes she was sexually molested as a child. Entries in the diary include the author revealing she believes she was sexually molested as a child and shared “probably not appropriate” showers with her father, some that detail the author’s struggle with drug abuse and the author’s crumbling marriage with multiple affairs, along with entries showing the family’s fears of a potential scandal due to her brother’s new home, and those that show a deep resentment for her father due to his money, control, and emotional manipulation. -National File Via National File And while we hate to resort to whataboutism, can you imagine what the mainstream media would do if Trump's daughter's diary contained allegations of sexual molestation and 'inappropriate showers'? For now, we expect crickets. Tyler Durden Fri, 12/17/2021 - 11:45.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeDec 17th, 2021