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The Fake Punishment of Chris Cuomo

CNN’s Chris Cuomo arrives for a talk show appearance in New York, May 2, 2019. (Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images via Getty Images)

Wow, indefinite suspension? Kinda sounds like CNN finally fired Chris Cuomo. But not really. All that happened is Cuomo gets to take the holiday season off. Sweet deal! We know this because CNN’s own media reporters are already musing about when he’s coming back. From Brian Stelter and Oliver Darcy’s media newsletter, released hours after the grave announcement of the fake punishment:

The CNN spokesman who shared the suspension decision did not get into any further details, but it’s possible that Cuomo — who frequently ranks as the highest-rated host on the network — will remain on the bench for weeks.

So Chris Cuomo gets to take a little break for the holiday season. Nice. How is this punishment? Answer: It isn’t! It’s merely a CNN PR ploy to get people to stop talking about Cuomo for “weeks” (wow, a whole 14 days!) until the coast is clear. As a colleague puts it: If they didn’t fire Jeffrey Toobin, they aren’t going to fire Chris Cuomo. Quick reminder on how corrupt the Cuomo brothers were when every media outlet in the country was singing the praises of both:

Pretty much the definition of corruption right there. We’ve known about this for a long time, and the reaction of the lefty media was <shrug>.

CNN doesn’t care what we say about him on the right but it cares a great deal about pieces such as this one:

CNN devoted less than one minute of airtime to this yesterday, according to the Media Research Center. Make people stop talking about this is the idea, with CNN leading the way in not talking about it.

The sole purpose of the fake punishment CNN grandly announced yesterday is so that D.C. reporters will stop firing darts because they have been given the mistaken impression that Cuomo has been fired:


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