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No Discipline for CNN’s Cuomo over Private Advising of Brother

The younger Cuomo had already taken a “not reporting on” stance related to the sexual assault allegation

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CNN has stated that they would not be disciplining their anchor, Chris Cuomo, for
consulting his brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, regarding how to manage a
string of sexual misconduct allegations.

Nonetheless, Cuomo faces backlash from the journalism community for his
unprofessionalism. Tom Jones of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies wrote that the
CNN anchor’s conflict of interest with his brother finally blew up in the network’s face,
which was over a year in the making.

“The host of a primetime show on one of the country’s biggest and most influential cable
news networks is advising one of the most powerful and influential politicians in this
country on how to handle serious sexual misconduct allegations,” Jones wrote. “This is
highly inappropriate for a journalist.”

“I don’t even know where to start on all the problems with this. How do staffers at CNN
— especially women — feel about a powerful employee trying to help someone, even if
it is his brother, defuse and overcome allegations of disturbing sexual misbehavior?
How do the women who made these allegations feel about a high-profile cable news
network personality trying to help the man accused of such awful things? How about the
citizens of New York?”

After facing much public criticism for advising his brother with the allegations that he’s
deal with, Cuomo decided to address the elephant in the room. The New York Post
relayed the statement made by the anchor on last week’s broadcast regarding this
conflict of interest.

“This is no revelation. I have said it publicly, and I certainly have never hidden it. I can
be objective on just about any topic but not about my family,” Cuomo said.

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NBC News Correspondent Harry Smith to Depart for Faculty Role at Central College

“I’ve had just this unbelievable array of phenomenal experiences since coming to NBC, and so I’m really full of nothing but gratitude.”

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After 12 years, NBC News correspondent Harry Smith will depart the network.

Smith reported for NBC Nightly News, Today, and other properties for NBC during his tenure with the network.

After departing the network, Smith will join the faculty at Central College in Pella, Iowa, his alma mater.

“We are absolutely ecstatic to announce (Harry Smith) ‘73 will be returning to Central College as an executive in residence Fall 2024! We can’t wait for our students to learn and benefit from his heart for others and extensive experience at (NBC News),” the college wrote on social media.

As he departed the network, he was celebrated by Today, with a montage of some of his best work with the outlet.

“I have nothing but gratitude,” Harry said. “Every time I would always come on this show, I was always welcomed so generously. I’ve had just this unbelievable array of phenomenal experiences since coming to NBC, and so I’m really full of nothing but gratitude. Every time I’ve come on, everyone would drop their phones, pay attention to the story and then respond.”

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Joe Scarborough: I Was a Conservative When Women at Fox News ‘Were Still Playing With Their Barbies’

“I’ve got a 95% (American Conservative Union) rating. I’m more conservative than any of them.”

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MSNBC Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough spent time in Congress as a Republican. Despite his current position on a liberal cable news network, he argues he’s still a conservative and has been one since before his detractors on Fox News knew what the word means.

On Thursday morning, Scarborough called the Fox News hosts criticizing him for his role in the removal of former RNC chair Ronna McDaniel from NBC News “little idiots,” adding that he’s not a “left-winger.”

 “First of all, I’ve got a 95% (American Conservative Union) rating. I’m more conservative than any of them. I was part of Congress, and a big part of the reason if anybody was around, they’ll tell you that we balanced the budget for four years in a row for the first time, and the only time in 100 years,” the former Republican Congressman said.

He continued by adding that Liz Cheney, who also has a similar rating from the conservative think-tank was chastised for her failure to support former President Donald Trump.

While speaking with George Conway, Scarborough took a shot at the females from Fox News — without naming names — who have been critical of him in recent days.

“George, you and I were conservatives — and are conservatives — but we were conservatives when some of these women on Fox News who call us liberals were still playing with their Barbies,” Scarborough said confidently.

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NBC News Chair Cesar Conde: I Made Decision to Sever Ties With Ronna McDaniel

“I want to personally apologize to our team members who felt we let them down. While this was a collective recommendation by some members of our leadership team, I approved it and take full responsibility for it.”

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On Tuesday, NBC News ended its relationship with former RNC chair Ronna McDaniel after just five days due to intense internal backlash over the hire. The network’s News chairman, Cesar Conde, is taking responsibility.

In a memo sent to employees Tuesday, Conde says he approved McDaniel’s hiring, and ultimately made the decision to remove her from the outlet’s list of contributors.

“After listening to the legitimate concerns of many of you, I have decided that Ronna McDaniel will not be an NBC News contributor. No organization, particularly a newsroom, can succeed unless it is cohesive and aligned. Over the last few days, it has become clear that this appointment undermines that goal,” Conde wrote. “I want to personally apologize to our team members who felt we let them down. While this was a collective recommendation by some members of our leadership team, I approved it and take full responsibility for it.”

McDaniel — who has also been dropped by the CAA talent agency — has reportedly been seeking legal representation to explore potential breach of contract litigation with the network.

NBC News announced the hiring of the former Republican leader on Friday, which led to scrutiny from staffers angered by McDaniel’s previous comments about the press and her role in attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

However, in her first paid appearance for the network, she told Meet the Press‘ Kristen Welker that Donald Trump did not win the election in 2020, and that the process was not rigged against him. It was the first time she publicly admitted those sentiments. She inferred that she felt a duty to back the former President’s claims as RNC chair, and will have more freedom as a political analyst at NBC News.

“Now, I get to be a little bit more myself,” she told Welker, before being lambasted by former moderator Chuck Todd for her lack of credibility.

After the appearance, several MSNBC hosts — including Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Nicolle Wallace, Rachel Maddow, and Lawrence O’Donnell — shared their extreme displeasure with the hiring, which ultimately led Cesar Conde to reverse course.

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