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CNN Prepares for $125M Wrongful Termination Suit Filed by Chris Cuomo

Jeff Zucker and Allison Gollust are preparing to provide testimony regarding the circumstances surrounding Chris Cuomo’s departure.

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CNN and its parent company Warner Bros. Discovery are currently facing a significant development following the recent dismissal of CEO Chris Licht.

The company is now preparing for arbitration with former host Chris Cuomo, who has filed a $125 million claim asserting wrongful termination in 2021. As part of the proceedings in New York, previously undisclosed text messages have emerged, revealing attempts by CNN’s parent company, then known as WarnerMedia, to leverage the news network’s close relationship with former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is Chris Cuomo’s brother, to further Warner’s commercial interests.

The text messages in question date back to September 22, 2020 and involve Governor Cuomo and Allison Gollust, who was CNN’s chief marketing officer at the time. Gollust had previously worked in the governor’s office before joining CNN, and she maintained regular contact with him, assisting in securing appearances on CNN shows and resolving scheduling conflicts with other networks.

While Gollust primarily focused on supporting CNN’s programming efforts, on that particular day, she crossed into the realm of advocating for the business interests of WarnerMedia, CNN’s parent company.

In a text message to the governor, Gollust requested his intervention in a conversation with Ann Sarnoff, WarnerMedia’s studio chief. The exact message, shared with Semafor by an individual with direct knowledge of the exchange, stated, “She’s bummed you don’t open theaters in NY, but perhaps you can hear her out.”

The following day, Cuomo honored Gollust’s request and contacted Sarnoff, leading to a discussion in which Sarnoff reportedly urged the governor to relax restrictions on movie theaters, according to a source familiar with the exchange. Gollust and WarnerMedia declined to provide comments on the matter, while Sarnoff and Chris Cuomo did not respond to requests for comment.

Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav’s decision to terminate Chris Licht has added another layer of complexity to the ongoing arbitration process. The challenge arises from the fact that CNN and its parent company have terminated several individuals who are now potentially crucial witnesses in the case.

According to two sources familiar with the matter, Jeff Zucker and Allison Gollust are preparing to provide testimony regarding the circumstances surrounding Chris Cuomo’s departure, as reported by Semafor.

Another significant witness, former CNN head of strategic communications Matt Dornic, had already begun preparations for the arbitration hearings prior to his termination on Wednesday, along with his superior Chris Licht.

A person with knowledge of the situation revealed that former Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter has been issued a subpoena and may also be called upon as a witness. It remains uncertain whether Stelter will be required to answer questions.

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Tucker Carlson: What’s Happening to Alex Jones ‘Scariest Possible Thing’ in America

“It’s the clearest possible sign of tyranny and I’m heartbroken that this isn’t getting more attention.”

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Alex Jones is in jeopardy of losing control of Infowars, the company he founded in the late 1990s, due to his bankruptcy filings as he owes more than $1.5 billion in damages to the families of victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook mass shooting. Tucker Carlson believes Jones potentially losing his company is the latest sign of government overreach.

The former Fox News host appeared on The Alex Jones Show Thursday and shared that he’s deeply troubled by the most recent developments in the saga.

“I’m here, obviously, because we’re friends, but I’m really here on principle because there’s nothing you’ve ever said in your entire life or done in your entire life that’s scarier or more threatening to our country than what they’re doing to you right now,” Carlson said. “The government taking a broadcaster off the air –who has committed no crime — because he dares to criticize them is the scariest possible thing.

“It’s the clearest possible sign of tyranny and I’m heartbroken that this isn’t getting more attention. I think it’s a pivot point in our country, and if they can do this to you, they will do it to the rest of us.”

Carlson continued by arguing that Jones was only guilty of “doing the one thing you can’t do — attacking the people in charge.”

Jones thanked Carlson for always being in his corner and backing him, stating that when he was first “de-platformed”, the former Fox News host was one of the only prominent figures to argue that what was happening was wrong.

“This isn’t about Alex Jones, or Tucker Carlson, or Donald Trump, or Steve Bannon, it’s about they have to get through us to get to the public,” said Jones.

Tucker Carlson is slated to embark on a nationwide tour in September, bringing a live program with special guest conservative commentators to arenas around the country. Alex Jones is scheduled to join Carlson for a stop in Milwaukee on Monday, September 16th.

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CNN Promotes Charlie Moore to Vice President of Primetime Programming

From May 13-19th, the network posted its lowest-rated primetime showing since 1991 according to Nielsen figures.

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Longtime Executive Producer of Anderson Cooper 360 — Charlie Moore — has been promoted to Vice President of Primetime Programming for CNN.

“Charlie will work with our prime executive producers to grow our primetime and support each program in showcasing our world-class journalism and delivering the best possible experience for our viewers,” CNN Executive Vice President of U.S. Programming Eric Sherling wrote in an email to employees obtained by TVNewser.

Moore will have his work cut out for him leading the primetime division. Last month, the network saw drops of 17% in total viewers and 15% in the coveted Persons 25-54 demographic during primetime hours.

During the week of May 13th, the network posted its lowest-rated primetime showing since 1991, according to Nielsen figures.

CNN’s primetime lineup currently consists of programs hosted by Erin Burnett, Anderson Cooper, Kaitlan Collins, Abby Phillip, and Laura Coates.

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Book From Fox News Host Pete Hegseth Debuts as New York Times Bestseller

“A great nation needs a great military, and I hope this book plays a role in restoring the military to its core function: deterring, fighting, and winning our wars.”

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A new book authored by Fox News host Pete Hegseth has debuted as a New York Times bestseller.

The War on Warriors: Behind the Betrayal of the Men Who Keep us Free debuted at the top spot in the non-fiction category on the bestselling list. Since its June 4th release, the book has sold more than 60,000 copies.

It is the fourth time an offering from Hegseth has landed on the list. It is the 11th consecutive book from Fox News Books to register on the acclaimed list.

“Publishing this book has been a moving experience from start to finish. I am honored and humbled that The War on Warriors has resonated with so many people; most especially with actively serving troops, veterans, and military families,” said Hegseth. “This book is for them, and for our country. A great nation needs a great military, and I hope this book plays a role in restoring the military to its core function: deterring, fighting, and winning our wars.”

A U.S. Army veteran, Hegseth served as an infantry Major and was deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Guantanamo Bay during his time in the service. He currently serves as the host of FOX & Friends Weekend.

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