When Chris Cuomo was fired in late 2021 by CNN, many were anticipating legal action on the part of the former anchor. Deadline reports that Cuomo has launched the official opening barrage.
The report reveals that Cuomo isn’t only preparing for a financial battle with CNN, which over $125 million in cash, but one over his character and family drama too.
“As a result of Turner’s indefensible choice to unceremoniously fire him, Cuomo has been damaged in countless ways,” states a demand for arbitration filed by Cuomo’s attorneys.
“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,” the filing adds. “Cuomo now seeks to recover the full measure of his damages against Turner and CNN.”
That $125 million battle between the anchor and network breaks down into “consequential damages” of no less than $110 million out of the apparent “Turner and CNN’s breach of the express terms of the Agreement.”
When it comes to the added $15 million, it’s basically what Cuomo and his attorneys say remained due to him under his existing contract when he was sacked “effective immediately” on December 4 by then CNN president Zucker following claims of sexual misconduct made against the already-suspended host.
“It should by now be obvious that Chris Cuomo did not lie to CNN about helping his brother,” lawyer Bryan Freedman said. “In fact, as the limited information released from WarnerMedia’s investigation makes clear, CNN’s highest-level executives not only knew about Chris’s involvement in helping his brother but also actively assisted the Governor, both through Chris and directly themselves.”
“As CNN has admitted, network standards were changed in a calculated decision to boost ratings. When those practices were called into question, Chris was made the scapegoat. The legal action filed today makes clear that CNN wrongfully terminated Chris and further violated the express terms of his employment agreement by allowing its employees to disparage him. Chris is owed a full apology from those responsible.”
Tucker Carlson on Putin Sit-Down: ‘There’s A Lot About That Interview I Don’t Really Understand’
“I’m not sure I understand exactly what he was doing. So I shouldn’t pretend that I do…I don’t think he was very effective.”
Tucker Carlson is speaking about his interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin and says there are portions of the interview he’s dumbfounded by.
The former Fox News host joined Glenn Beck for his BlazeTV program to discuss the high-profile interview. Carlson has received plenty of backlash for his sit-down interview with Putin, with critics calling the dialogue with the dictator ‘Pure Propaganda’ and saying he acted ‘like an eager puppy’ during the conversation.
“I was enraged because I thought — I didn’t go into the interview feeling like I had to posture, morally,” said Carlson of the first few long-winded answers from the Russian leader. “I took a look at the last interview he did with the Western journalist, and the entire interview was the reporter from some dumb news outlet being like, ‘I’m a good person, you’re a bad person!’ I’m not interested in proving I’m a good person. People can assess, God can assess. I just wanted information.
“But I was infuriated because I thought he was filibustering. So really pretty straightforward. The obvious question which is, why did you do this? Why do you send troops into eastern Ukraine? And he goes on this long answer, and so I interrupted him a couple of times, or I tried to. He got very snippy,” admitted Carlson. “And then I realized, no, this is the answer. He’s thinks differently.”
Tucker Carlson then noted he wasn’t entirely sure of Putin’s reasoning for taking the interview, but admitted if the goal was to turn Western support to Russia’s side, the leader failed in that mission.
“I’m not sure I understand exactly what he was doing. So I shouldn’t pretend that I do. There’s a lot about that interview that I don’t really understand. I don’t think he was very effective. If his goal was to win a Western audience to his perspective.
“It didn’t make me more pro-Putin. Not that I was. And by the way, I should just say at the outset, I’ve been accused of being pro-Putin and I’m not, but if I was, that’s okay, too, right? I’m an adult man and an American. I can like or dislike anyone I want. I can have any opinion I want. I’m not ashamed of it. And the idea that like, a small number of people in D.C. get to decide what I believe is not something I accept.”
Fox News’ Bret Baier Scores Interview With Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy
The interview took place on the frontlines of the combat between Ukraine and Russia, with explosions being heard in the background throughout the interview.
As the war in Ukraine approaches its second anniversary, Fox News anchor Bret Baier will feature a sit-down interview with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
On Thursday, Baier will feature his exclusive interview with Zelenskyy for his Special Report program. The interview took place on the frontlines of the combat between Ukraine and Russia, with explosions being heard in the background throughout the interview.
A portion of the interview will also feature Baier traveling with Zelenskyy through some of the areas of hardest fighting. Baier will accompany the President as he receives military briefings, presents medals to troops, and visits wounded soldiers in Ukrainian hospitals.
Additionally, Baier will shine a spotlight during the program on Fox News correspondents who have spent extensive time covering the wartorn region since 2022.
Special Report with Bret Baier airs weekdays at 6 PM ET on Fox News.
Former CNN Analyst John Avlon Announces New York Congressional Bid
“This election is not a drill. It’s up to all of us to step up and get off the sidelines. And that’s why I’m running for Congress…”
After departing CNN earlier this month, John Avlon has made it official: he’s running for Congress in the state of New York.
Avlon is running in the 1st Congressional District of New York, which represents Suffolk County and a large chunk of Long Island. The district is currently represented by Rep. Nick LaLota (R).
In a video posted to X announcing his candidacy, John Avlon said, “Right now, our democracy is in danger. This election is not a drill. It’s up to all of us to step up and get off the sidelines. And that’s why I’m running for Congress in New York’s 1st district. There’s just too much at stake for the country and the community that I love.”
Avlon joined CNN in 2010 as a political contributor before joining the network in a full-time capacity in 2018. He served as a senior political analyst and also served as a fill-in anchor during his tenure.