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Dan Abrams Defends NewsNation’s Decision to Hire Chris Cuomo

Abrams spoke with Cuomo this week in his first interview since exiting CNN

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NewsNation host Dan Abrams is defending the network’s decision to hire Chris Cuomo, who was fired from CNN last year over his connection to the scandals of his brother, former New York governor Andrew Cuomo.

Abrams spoke with Cuomo this week in his first interview since exiting the cable news channel. After the discussion between the two men was over, the announcement came out that the former CNN host would join the network this fall. 

“Regardless of what you think about Chris, I noticed a trend among those who wrote about NewsNation yesterday,” Abrams, per Mediaite.

“Many of the outlets who ran stories on the big news have gone out of their way to minimize this network by focusing on our status as a newcomer and/or our ratings in their coverage.”

The Mediaite founder went on to say that their network is growing and they’re trying to target the central audience, and their interview with Cuomo has ruffled some feathers on coverage from both sides. 

“Seeing all this coverage trying to minimize us drove home such a crucial point for me, and it’s a big reason, part of the reason I’m here. The politicized media wants NewsNation to fail,” Abrams added. 

“In the media landscape full of extremists, a network that gives voice to a moderate point of view is an outlier, or a disrupter. We represent an existential threat to a media which, for so long, has profited off of driving us to the fringes.”

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Chris Cuomo: CNN Making Mistake By Being Centrists

“I gave then Donald Trump and then President Trump a fair hearing. If he said things that were demonstrably false, which he did frequently, I called it out because of how it erodes trust and it’s a crisis,” Cuomo added.

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CNN has made strides to become political centrists in their daily news coverage, but one former host is not a fan of the decision. Chris Cuomo appeared Monday on the debut of the On with Kara Swisher podcast, where the host of an upcoming primetime show on NewsNation took issue with his former network’s programming shift.

“I don’t like the idea that they’re saying they’re going to be more middle ground,” Cuomo. “I think a lot of people in the media like to see CNN go down because it was so powerful. And they tried to make that happen because I believe that that’s what our business is often about, is tearing things down as a negativity as a proxy for insight, but I don’t believe in middle ground.”

CNN is now part of Warner Bros. Discovery, which Cuomo believes was the reason for the channel’s move away from the left and toward neutrality. Swisher observed that Cuomo spent time on his old show criticizing former President Donald Trump, but Cuomo said he called things right down the middle.

“I gave then Donald Trump and then President Trump a fair hearing. If he said things that were demonstrably false, which he did frequently, I called it out because of how it erodes trust and it’s a crisis,” Cuomo added.

Cuomo, who was fired by CNN over advising his brother and then-New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in his sexual harassment scandal, also said America’s two-party system is bad.

“I want more parties, I want rank choice voting, I want term limits in Congress, and I want electors apportioned by the states that matter. Is that right or left or is it reasonable? I want more parties. I don’t care about the left and the right. I think it’s killing us.”

Cuomo’s show on NewsNation premieres Monday, October 3 at 8:00 PM ET. On with Kara Swisher is produced by New York Magazine and the Vox Media Podcast Network. New episodes will be released every Monday and Thursday.

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Kayleigh McEnany: Tiffany Cross ‘Lap Dog’ For Joe Biden

“What’s been interesting is it’s not just him,” said McEnany of Biden’s put downs. “Some lap dogs have followed the president’s orders in using the same language.”

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Fox News host Kayleigh McEnany had strong criticism for MSNBC host Tiffany Cross.

During her show Outnumbered, McEnany discussed phrasing used by prominent Democrat lawmakers, as well as former Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and President Joe Biden himself in regards to Donald Trump supporters.

“What’s been interesting is it’s not just him,” said McEnany of Biden’s put downs. “Some lap dogs have followed the president’s orders in using the same language.”

The program then aired a clip of panelists from The Cross Connection, the show the aforementioned Cross hosts on MSNBC, saying MAGA Republicans are the “biggest threat to democracy”. The most explosive comments were made by Roland Martin, who called Trump supports “evil” and went as far to say “we are at war” with them.

Harris Faulkner called the comments “irresponsible” before saying the language is damaging and could be used to fuel anti-conservative crimes. She also rebuked Clinton for her comparison of Trump supporters to slavery and Hitler.

Cross raised eyebrows earlier this month by saying a Civil War has already begun, after Republican Senator Lindsay Graham said there would be “riots in the streets” if former President Donald Trump was indicted for having classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago residence.

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Gavin Newsom: Fox News ‘Ruthless’, ‘Dominates With Illusion’

“Facts become secondary to narrative. They dominate with illusion. We are getting crushed.”

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Governor Gavin Newsom (D-CA) made interesting comments about cable news outlets, specifically Fox News, during a weekend appearance at the Texas Tribune Festival.

Newsom said Fox News drives the political discourse in the nation, and pointed to people in his personal life whose beliefs are shaped by the network.

“These guys are ruthless on the other side,” Newsom said. “That prime time line up by Fox, they are ruthless. They dominate the most important thing in American politics today, and that’s the narrative. Facts become secondary to narrative. They dominate with illusion. We are getting crushed.”

Fox News has dominated the cable news ratings, especially in the primetime hours that Newsom alluded.

The clip of Newsom’s comments aired during CNN’s New Day Monday morning. Anchor John Avlon felt Newsom was correct in his opinion.

“He has a good point about the unified narrative of Republicans that tends to put Democrats on defense because they are saying ‘Gosh, look at all those lies. It goes back to that saying of Will Rogers almost a century ago, ‘I’m not a member of an organized political party. I’m a Democrat,’” Avlon joked.

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