Cuomo’s lawsuit consists of a number of shocking allegations about the so-called news outlet claiming the network was so in bed with the disgraced, former Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo that CNN requested that the governor schedule his news conferences during air times that would increase the network’s ratings. Then there was the whole thing about Fredo helping his governor brother on how to deal with his sexual harassment problems, which is one of the reasons Chris was fired.
The younger Cuomo’s argument against CNN is that his firing was illegal, because he believes he didn’t do anything wrong to be fired. According to his lawsuit, his firing was based on “false claims that Cuomo violated CNN’s standards and practices assisting his brother, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, during a time of personal and political crisis.”
The amount Cuomo is seeking is based on what he would have been paid according to his contract and reputational damage that he fears will make thing “difficult if not impossible for Cuomo to find similar work in the future.”
As a result of Turner’s indefensible choice to unceremoniously fire him, Cuomo has been damaged in countless ways. Cuomo has had his journalistic integrity unjustifiably smeared, making it difficult if not impossible for Cuomo to find similar work in the future and damaging him in amounts exceeding $125 million, which includes not only the remaining salary owed under the Agreement, but future wages lost as a result of CNN’s efforts to destroy his reputation in violation of the Agreement. Cuomo now seeks to recover the full measure of his damages against Turner and CNN.
Journalistic integrity? Fredo? He ruined his own reputation. He lied to his audience for over two years by spreading the Russian collusion hoax like most everyone else at that failing network. He was called a news anchor, but he reported opinion on most things he ever talked about when on the air. I could never watch him outside of YouTube clips for when he said something really stupid. I would run out of fingers and toes when counting up the lies he spewed in a single segment.
Fredo also claimed that CNN’s habit of making “exceptions” to the company’s rules “began at the top” with former disgraced CNN president Jeff Zucker and former disgraced chief marketing officer Allison Gollust, who both resigned last month for failing to disclose they were having an affair. I still find that reason a bit fishy because apparently, everyone knew they were riding the hobby horse regularly.
Allison Gollust released a statement when she announced her departure from the company.
“WarnerMedia’s statement tonight is an attempt to retaliate against me and change the media narrative in the wake of their disastrous handling of the last two weeks,” she said. “It is deeply disappointing that after spending the past nine years defending and upholding CNN’s highest standards of journalistic integrity, I would be treated this way as I leave. But I do so with my head held high, knowing that I gave my heart and soul to working with the finest journalists in the world.”
“Everybody is lawyered up, Chris Cuomo might sue. Cuomo’s lawyer apparently wants tens of millions of dollars out of this network, so this is now a legal mess for CNN.”
Cuomo’s lawsuit then goes for the jugular, naming names and events that reveal the fired host could not have possibly violated company ethical standards because the company has no ethical standards.
CNN has a long-established pattern and practice of selectively enforcing its policies based on cynical calculations of public perception. Indeed, CNN fostered a culture in which “exceptions” to the network’s standards and practices were routinely sanctioned, and that culture began at the top with Zucker and Gollust. As long as CNN’s ratings would not be hurt, Zucker and Gollust were more than willing to overlook major transgressions by CNN personalities such as Don Lemon and Jake Tapper, or even to engage in blatant misconduct themselves.
In order to show that he was fired for something that many other members of the CNN clown show got away with, the lawsuit complains about multiple CNN personalities that also violated ethical standards at CNN. I can’t write “ethical standards” and “CNN” in the same sentence without feeling like I’m violating some kind of standard for what I’m doing here. It just feels wrong.
The lawsuit reminds everyone of when Jeffrey Toobin got caught smacking his little Toobin as “he masturbated while on a video call with colleagues,” and CNN’s decision to not fire him.
The lawsuit also mentions when Don Lemon back in November 2021 was criticized for violating journalistic ethics after Jussie Smollett, who tells us he is not suicidal, testified at his trial for creating a fake hate hoax crime, that Lemon texted him in order to warn the singer/actor that the Chicago Police Department did not believe his allegations that he was attacked by white MAGA hat-wearing thugs on the angry streets of Chicago in the middle of the night during a polar vortex. The lawsuit said, “…intervening in the ongoing investigation by texting Smollett was an inexcusable breach of ethics. Yet CNN did nothing; Lemon was not disciplined in any way.”
The lawsuit attacks other personalities in the same manner, but a really interesting accusation by Cuomo is that not only did CNN get Governor Cuomo to move his daily COVID-19 press conferences to a time that would benefit CNN’s ratings, but that the network also “pushed Gov. Cuomo not to appear on other networks, intimating that not honoring CNN’s request might threaten Cuomo’s professional standing with the network.”
A news network got a sitting New York governor to hold his press conferences to lift the network’s ratings. What did they have over him? Can the implied threats of his younger brother’s career be seen as blackmailing the governor of New York? Chris Cuomo was billed as CNN’s top star and they used him to blackmail his brother the governor?
There were also accusations that Zucker and his fling-thing Gollust provided the governor with “talking points and strategies for responding to statements made by then-President Donald Trump.”
This lawsuit accuses just about everyone at CNN of having a lack of ethical standards, of being liars, manipulators, and being corrupt. And I believe it all. Much of what is listed in the lawsuit has already been reported.
CNN is probably going to settle because it cannot afford not to. Business 101 is to create a handbook that contains, among other things, the standards of behavior that are expected by employees and then live by it. Cuomo’s accusations of selective enforcement of ethical standards that may or may not exist are where they will probably lose. For this, Chris Cuomo has the network over a barrel and the entertainment value of exposing other CNN personalities for corruption, ethical violations, and ratting all of them out is just priceless. Christmas came early this year.