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News Media Reacts to Jeff Zucker Resigning as CNN President

Zucker disclosed a consensual relationship with chief spokesperson Allison Gollust who also served as an aide for former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2012.

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Media personalities and pundits on both sides of the aisle reacted to the news of former CNN President Jeff Zucker’s sudden resignation Wednesday.

Zucker disclosed a consensual relationship with chief spokesperson Allison Gollust who also served as an aide for former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2012.

“I came to CNN on January 28, 2013,” Zucker said in an internal memo tweeted out by CNN anchor Brian Stelter. “Together, we had nine great years. I certainly wish my tenure had ended differently. But It was an amazing run, and I loved every minute of it.”

Washington Post opinion writer Jennifer Rubin called the situation a “total mess” and expressed sympathy for the quality news people at the network.

“He (Zucker) botched Cuomo and helped put Trump on the map, good riddance,” Rubin added.

Zucker said the findings that led to his resignation were part of the investigation into Chris Cuomo’s tenure.

“I acknowledge the relationship evolved in recent years,” he said. “I was required to disclose it when it began, but I didn’t. I was wrong. As a result, I am resigning today.”

Nationally syndicated radio host and Outkick founder Clay Travis said it was Zucker who banned him from the network.

“It was Zucker who instituted my lifetime ban on CNN for saying I believed in the first amendment and b–bs. Oh, the irony,” Travis tweeted.

“The View’s” Ana Navarro-Cárdenas, who also appears on CNN, said she was grateful for the time she spent working with Zucker.

“Grateful that during merger w/ATT, which required government approval, when Trump people pressured #JeffZucker to fire me & other Trump critics, he basically told them to f–k off,” she tweeted.

“He steadfastly defended CNN & had his people’s back, even when it was hard & brought consequences.”

VOX Senior Correspondent Ian Millhiser tweeted that Zucker did a “horrible job” running the network.

“Its ratings are in the toilet,” he tweeted. “And I have no idea who they view as their target audience, or even if it has occurred to them to target a particular audience.” 

Political commentator Keith Olbermann torched Zucker in a series of tweets. He said anybody who knew Zucker knew he was involved with Gollust long before the pandemic started.

According to the New York Post, Gollust released a statement shortly after saying that she and Zucker had been professional colleagues for over 20 years, but their relationship “changed during COVID.”

“While most observers will place the leak that ended Jeff Zucker’s career at the feet of a vengeful Andrew Cuomo, the weird part is anybody who knew Zucker knew about Allison Gollust. I first figured it out in 2006 or 2007,” Olbermann tweeted

“Now is a chance to put Fake News in the backseat because there may not be anything more important than straightening out the horrendous LameStream Media in our Country, and in the case of CNN, throughout the World,” Former President Donald Trump said. 

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Jessica Tarlov, Leo Terrell Clash Over Roe v. Wade Ruling

It didn’t take long for news outlets to begin sparring on the issue, and one of the more animated ones occurred on Fox News.

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On Friday, the Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade, which now hands over the determination of abortion legality to individual states. 

It didn’t take long for news outlets to begin sparring on the issue, and one of the more animated ones occurred on Fox News. Contributors Leo Terrell and Jessica Tarlov disputed multiple times on the topic following the ruling. 

Tarlov, a Democratic strategist and co-host of The Five, said that this decision would have dire consequences, something that made Terrell shake his head and interrupt multiple times.

“Alito made it clear that he didn’t think this it would expand to contraception and same-sex marriage, but [Clarence] Thomas said he thought they should be reevaluated, and when you consider the fact that Justices [Brett] Kavanaugh and [Neil] Gorsuch lied to the senators that they met with —” Tarlov said, per Mediaite

“They followed the law. You may not like the law, but we are a nation of laws. That’s what they did. What they basically said was if you don’t like the ruling, you go to the states,” Terrell fired back.

Tarlov and Terrell continued clashing in another segment while discussing the potential consequences. 

She said “every man that takes part in conceiving a child” should be on the hook for child support, leading to Terrell shaking his head while muttering, “oh God.”

“Stop saying, ‘Oh God!’” Tarlov said. 

“I can’t believe you’re using this quality time to push a democratic agenda. Go ahead. I’ll be quiet. Go ahead. Keep talking. It’s ridiculous,” Terrell snapped.

“I’m sorry. Were you pregnant recently?” Tarlov stated.

“Every time I come on this show, I’m attacked,” Terrell mumbled.

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Kim Godwin: “Newscasts at Some Point Will Be Totally Streamed”

Godwin sat down with Recode host and Vox journalist Peter Kafka at the Collison Conference in Toronto.

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ABC News president Kim Godwin has been in her position for more than a year and she recently sat down with Recode host and Vox journalist Peter Kafka at the Collison Conference in Toronto, where they discussed the future of news media. 

With streaming both on the audio and visual side, becoming more of a player for news and how they reach the younger audience, Godwin says that getting to the demographic is via a digital strategy. 

“The price of admission is that digital strategy. That push alert – getting to people early,” said Godwin, per TV Newser. “And then we have people who really are in tune with the way people are consuming news.”

“You really have to niche it out. You can’t put a TikTok on Facebook…. You have to approach it with a multi-faceted and multi-pronged approach and try to get there first.”

Furthermore, Godwin wants the network to lean on their brand on various platforms that are skewered to the young generation, like TikTok. 

“ABC News is a strong news brand in America. So we are leveraging that brand on TikTok. [ABC News foreign correspondent] Ian Pannell who is covering the war in Ukraine right from the frontlines,” Godwin said.

“In addition to the reports he’s sending back for World News Tonight and Good Morning America, he’s doing TikToks. And they’re interesting, different and customized for that audience. As journalists, we are looking at our coverage in a different way.”

Godwin was then asked how she plans to get the younger crowd to turn on ABC News, where they make their money, but she says news could be heading toward being streamed rather than having the more youth turn on ABC. 

“I think there is going to be a business for us there one day (on TikTok),” said Godwin. “That’s where all the bridges are leading. Everything is getting smaller on linear, but maybe the newscasts at some point will be totally streamed, like ABC News Live,” Godwin concluded. 

“Maybe that’s where World News Tonight and GMA will eventually be. I really think we are headed that way, all the numbers show that… Maybe they meet in the middle somewhere eventually.”

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Dan Abrams: Someone in Donald Trump’s Inner Circle Could See Charges

“For the first time, I think there’s a real possibility a member of Donald Trump’s inner circle could face criminal charges related to Jan. 6,” Abrams said on Thursday’s edition of “Dan Abrams Live.”

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The hearings into the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol remain ongoing, and following the raid on former Trump Department of Justice official Jeffrey Clark this week, anchor Dan Abrams has a bold belief. 

Abrams, the founder of Mediaite and anchor on NewsNation, considers that for the first time, someone from former President Donald Trump’s inner circle could see criminal charges.

“For the first time, I think there’s a real possibility a member of Donald Trump’s inner circle could face criminal charges related to Jan. 6,” Abrams said on Thursday’s edition of “Dan Abrams Live.”

“It’s generally seemed to me that the criminal inquiry into Trump and his inner circle in connection with Jan. 6 wasn’t going anywhere. I’m talking about what I actually think is happening, that’s all.”

Abrams stated the latest hearing and the Wednesday raid on Clark are what altered his view on whether anyone could end up seeing charges.

“What we learned today changed my analysis. That’s because federal investigators just raided the home of former trump department of justice lawyer Jeffrey Clark,” Abrams added. 

“He was the guy heading the justice department’s environmental division who Donald Trump tried to put in as acting attorney general could see was apparently the only one within the DOJ willing to support the effort to overturn the 2020 election.”

Finally, Abrams conveyed that the raid’s timing before the hearing could examine Clark’s role could lead to something significant when facing jail time.  

“To get authorization to raid his home now, the day before the Jan. 6 committee held a hearing examining Jeffrey Clark’s role in trying to overturn the election, suggest to me that they believe they suddenly could have something big,” Abrams concluded. 

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