CNN’s Christiane Amanpour publicly criticized the network for its decision to hold a town hall event with former President Donald Trump while giving the commencement address to journalism students at Columbia University. NewsNation host Dan Abrams took umbrage with the statements by the well-respected journalist.
Amanpour told students she had clashed with CNN CEO Chris Licht over the network’s decision and subsequent defense of the event. However, Abrams believes she showcased her own biases in her remarks.
“She’s one of those rare journalists you really shouldn’t, you really can’t, criticize if you want to remain in the good graces of the media elite. She speaks at the most elite functions and has the highest connections in media and government. But I don’t really care about remaining in the media elite,” Abrams admitted. “I own a website that critiques media, so everyone in the media is already mad at me, and I try to call them like I see them. So while she does deserve the praise, she also has shown herself to be self-righteous and overtly liberal.
“I agree that the format was a disaster, even if you believe that CNN should have had the event with former President Trump. Then she makes it, inevitably, about her. How she was brave enough to take on the big, bad leader of CNN for this issue…oh, please. Everyone is criticizing the guy, from the left in particular. It’s not any show of bravery to confront the CNN president on this.
“But then came the self-importance, when she announced how she would have bravely stormed off the stage,” after Trump called Kaitlan Collins a “nasty person”.
The Dan Abrams Live host then took issue with Amanpour’s “I’ve been in the ring with these people for a long time” comments, saying that the encapsulation shows she believes she’s better than Collins.
“The main reasons people hate the media is what they perceive as bias and arrogance. Faking objectivity while bragging to journalism about how much bolder she would have been as the moderator is exactly why so many non-journalists despise what we do.”
Nicolle Wallace Returns to MSNBC’s Deadline: White House
“It is so very, very, very good to be back with you. I have missed everyone.”
After spending time away from her MSNBC program for maternity leave, Deadline: White House anchor Nicolle Wallace returned to the anchor desk Monday.
“Well hello there everybody. It’s 4 o’clock in New York. I’ve missed saying that. It is so very, very, very good to be back with you. I have missed everyone,” Wallace said to begin Monday’s show.
Wallace and her husband welcomed a daughter via surrogate in November. In her place, Alicia Menendez anchored the program.
The former George W. Bush administration official began hosting the show in 2017. The program was expanded to two hours in 2020, and is one of the network’s highest-rated offerings.
On Friday, Wallace revealed she would make her return Monday, adding that she will start a new feature during her show entitled “American Autocracy”, which “is something the whole country should be grappling with, because that is certainly the head of the Republican party is running on this time,” she told Menendez.
Deadline: White House airs weekdays at 4:00 PM ET on MSNBC.
Brian Kilmeade: Bob Costas ‘Shallow’ For Comments About Trump and His Supporters
“I think it’s so, so shallow of him to think that you can have your feelings and put down 74 million people along the way.”
Bob Costas had quite the takedown of the election prospects of former President Donald Trump during a cable news interview. Fox News host Brian Kilmeade didn’t take kindly to the remarks.
“He is by far the most disgraceful figure in modern presidential history. He’s only become more disgraceful since 2016 and since 2020. He is a bubbling cauldron of loathsome traits,” Costas told Michael Smerconish on CNN this weekend. “You have to be in the throes of some sort of toxic delusion and a toxic cult to believe that Donald Trump has ever been in any sense emotionally, psychologically, intellectually or ethically fit to be president.”
“I know Bob Costas. I know how bright he is. He’s the best. When by the time he was 34, is the best sportscaster in the country doing all the biggest events ever. I know that’s exactly how he feels,” Kilmeade said when asked for his opinion by Harris Faulkner.
“But I think it’s so, so shallow of him to think that you can have your feelings and put down 74 million people along the way. If people who are supporting, especially him, coming from a place where people support their teams and their players and their boxers and their athletes and people are loyal, there are people loyal to him for reasons they should be respected for and analyzed.”
Faulkner argued that Democrats expect their voting base to be respected, but won’t return that same respect to the other side of the political aisle.
Chris Cuomo: My Beef With CNN is With Executives, Not Talent
“No one tells me what to say. No one controls me. Never will.”
NewsNation host Chris Cuomo has never been shy about his high-profile exit from CNN. After departing the network, he sued for wrongful termination in a case that’s still ongoing. But he wants to clarify his problems with the network aren’t with the folks on the air.
In a post to X, Cuomo responded to a user suggesting that if he kept “talking all this common sense” about the practice of hiring minorities in a push for diversity, equity, and inclusion, “CNN will never let you come back”. In his response, Cuomo said his issue has never been with the on-air talent, but rather the network’s executives.
“Look, you won’t hear me bash CNN. Many great people who do the job for right reasons. My beef is with my boss and his boss and why they say publicly they fired me. and sure people I thought were friends went bad on me…but that is not unusual, especially with talent in the media maelstrom,” Cuomo wrote. “I do what I have always done. Far from perfect but never a patsy. No one tells me what to say. No one controls me. Never will.”
Cuomo departed CNN amid revelations he helped his brother — former Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) — navigate accusations of sexual misconduct while he was governor. In response to his ouster, Chris Cuomo sued CNN for $125 million, claiming his “journalistic integrity” was damaged by the network’s decision to fire him.