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December 8, 2021

CNN must’ve hated Monday even more than Garfield the cat does. The “news” network’s reputation, already covered with more mud than a Louisiana pickup truck, took several more hits on Monday.

First, newly-fired anchor Chris Cuomo threw CNN boss Jeff Zucker under the bus, claiming that Zucker was fully aware from the start of all the “help” Cuomo gave his brother Andrew. CNN issued a statement that Cuomo had made “a number of accusations that are patently false,”and “This reinforces why he was terminated for violating our standards and practices, as well as his lack of candor.”

Also, Chris Cuomo is reportedly preparing to sue CNN for the $18-$20 million remaining on his contract. A CNN insider said they have no intention of paying him, that there’s a standard morals clause in the contract allowing for immediate firing if you do anything of disrepute, and there would be an uproar if the network paid him a settlement.

Frankly, if you can’t fire someone for doing what Cuomo did, then what can you ever fire anyone for? Oh, and in a related story, Cuomo announced that he will also no longer be doing his SiriusXM Radio show, “Let’s Get After It with Chris Cuomo.”

Meanwhile, the farcical trial of actor Jussie Smollett also produced an unexpected mudball aimed at CNN.

Smollett claimed in testimony that the reason he didn’t want to turn his cell phone over to Chicago Police was that CNN anchor Don Lemon texted him that the cops didn’t believe his story. So once again, a claim that a CNN anchor was abusing his inside journalist contacts to secretly help someone the network was covering.

If that doesn’t remind you enough of Chris Cuomo, recall that the openly gay Lemon is already facing a lawsuit by a man who accused him of sexual assault and battery in a Long Island bar. The accuser called CNN “a network rife with predators and perverts,” and “a predator-protecting machine.” He said they have tried to buy him off and scare him off, but he’s looking forward to forcing Lemon to testify under oath because he wants some accountability. He said, “They are complicit. This is who they are.”

And will Lemon face any repercussions from CNN? Many are skeptical…

All this had even some CNN staffers fretting on-air that all this negative news might damage CNN’s credibility and undermine the public’s trust in CNN.

Noooo!! Say it ain’t so! The network that spent four years breathlessly pushing the Russian collusion hoax, that told us Nick Sandmann was a racist who confronted a Native American and Kyle Rittenhouse was a murderer, and that claimed Joe Rogan treated his COVID with horse medicine might have lost the public’s trust?!

Hey, CNN, I finally have some much-needed good news for you. You can’t lose what you didn’t have in the first place.

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  • Maureen Nagle

    12/29/2021 11:52 AM

    I just submitted something by mistake. I thought it was an email not a public comment. Can you please ignore?

  • Maureen Nagle

    12/29/2021 11:09 AM

    Love it. Love the perspective. And I really appreciate the sarcasm laced only with truth! No fear in you. Thanks.

  • Trina Higginbottom

    12/13/2021 08:18 PM

    So many people have fallen for the media's untruths. It's a badge of their honor to be the first, true or not. They take glee in ruining lives, destroying our country. Love of money and power seems to be winning, but God will not be mocked. Merry Christmas to you and your family Governor Huckabee.

  • Sharon Foust

    12/13/2021 05:06 PM

    Smollett owes the whole Chicago PD an apology for wasting their valuable time. I hope the Chicago PD sues him big time.
    CNN deserves to go the way of the Edsel for their lack of journalistic integrity.

  • Louis Barnes

    12/13/2021 02:53 PM

    Dear Michael Huckabee,
    This is on the subject of the January 6th prisoners. I just found out that the Deputy Warden, Kathleen Landerkin, Has been in charge or involved in the prison where the January 6th prisoners are held. In her position as the CTF Deputy Warden , according to Law Enforcement Today, where I read the article, she has a lot of influence as to how the prisoners are treated. It was found out that she tweeted, on her twitter account, many posts trashing President Trump and his supporters. She said in part of one tweet "I hope that they all go extinct" . Perhaps this is one of the reasons that the 1/6 prisoners have been kept in horrible conditions and they have endured harsh treatment. Is there any way she can be removed from that prison ? If she can't be fired, maybe transferred to some jail very far from Washington D.C.?
    This has to stop! Maybe you can at least talk about this on Fox News or on your website.
    Thank you for your time and attention,
    Louise Barnes

  • Gloria GROSE

    12/13/2021 01:33 PM

    Thank you Mike for printing truth. I trust what you say. I stopped watching CNN years ago because they tried and convicted a man before he was ever charged with a crime. By the way I wàs voting for you.

  • Cosette Sessions

    12/13/2021 11:00 AM

    You are the one voice I trust! Thank you!

  • Ethyl Lyons

    12/13/2021 07:06 AM

    CNN and the mainstream media cover these court cases so obsessively, but totally ignore other issues. What about the missionaries still held in Haiti? What are we doing to get political prisoners that are US citizens released? Oh, wait, there are some of those in our own borders, like the January 6 prisoners - and those citizens abandoned in other countries too. We are abandoned and mistreated by our own government and media, but they want us to trust them? Nope.

  • Clyde Terrell

    12/13/2021 07:01 AM

    A couple of years ago, there was a "Bin" where some media was grouped together as "Mainstream Media." Now, it's commonplace to hear the "Bin" re-titled as "Legacy Media."

    It would be great to hear the "Bin" re-titled again as "Has-Been Media." I can think of quite a few that belong in this group.

  • Brian Mahaffey

    12/13/2021 05:52 AM

    Your column on CNN current image problems, added comic relief to a most difficult question. When will supposed news providers be recognized, by the public, as entertainment and not actual news reporters?