Victor Blackwell and Ana Cabrera to launch new weekday programs

According to media reporter Dylan Byers in a tweet, CNN afternoons will soon be made up of a new show anchored by Ana Cabrera, and a new show anchored by a duo of Victor Blackwell and Alisyn Camerota, who will replace Brooke Baldwin, who announced was leaving CNN.

Camerota is reportedly leaving New Day and will join Blackwell, who anchors the weekend version of New Day, in the afternoons. Afternoon anchor Brianna Keilar is set to move to New Day. At the time, it was reported Camerota herself wanted the move, saying she has “for some time sought a new position, citing the demands of early-morning TV.”

No word on who will replace Blackwell on New Day Weekend or Cabrera on CNN Newsroom Weekend.

Ana Cabrera named CNN Newsroom anchor

Beginning this weekend, Ana Cabrera will begin anchoring CNN Newsroom, taking over from Poppy Harlow, who moved to anchoring Newroom weekdays, alongside anchor John Berman.

CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker announced Cabrera’s new role this morning, according to the network.

She will anchor from New York on Saturdays from 3-6pm ET and 7-9pm ET, and Sundays from 5-8pm ET.

Cabrera joined CNN as a Denver-based correspondent in 2013.

Dave Briggs debuts on Early Start

CNN’s newest anchor hire, Dave Briggs, made his debut this morning on Early Start, sitting alongside Christine Romans. Previously this week, CNN correspondents Ana Cabrera and Boris Sanchez were filling in before the new morning duo made their debut.

Alisyn Camerota, who formerly hosted Fox’s weekend show with Briggs, tweeted, “Don’t adjust your sets. It’s not 2012 and you’re still watching CNN.”

At the end of the 4am hour, Early Start aired a segment on the introduction of Briggs to the team:

CNN anchor offers apology for shortening of Milwaukee clip

On Wednesday morning, CNN Newsroom anchor Carol Costello offered up an apology for what some are calling deceptive editing of what Sherelle Smith said, mislabeling it a call for peace. In Milwaukee, Slyville Smith was shot by an officer on Saturday afternoon, which triggered riots in the city.

Her sister, Sherelle, said, “Don’t bring the violence here and the ignorance here.”

And on air, correspondent Ana Cabrera reported she was “calling for peace.”

But the rest of Smith’s statement was, “Burning down shit ain’t going to help nothing!” she continued. “Y’all burning down shit we need in our community. Take that shit to the suburbs. Burn that shit down! We need our shit! We need our weaves. I don’t wear it. But we need it.”

On Twitter Tuesday, Cabrera tweeted out a correction:

On-air, Costello apologized, “I want to take a moment to clarify something from Monday. We had a report that inadvertently and wrongly characterized the plea from a Milwaukee woman whose brother was killed by police. As our viewers saw, she demanded the violence stop in her community, but in fact, she also said that protesters should instead take their violence to the suburbs.”

She concluded, “I regret that second part of her statement was not included.”

(H/t BuzzFeed)

Heckler calls Don Lemon an Uncle Tom on CNN

During CNN Newsroom (with guest anchor Ana Cabrera in New York City), Cabrera’s co-anchor, John Berman, was reporting live from Charleston. As a woman shouted in his background, Berman noted, “You can hear shouting.”

The woman shouted, “Yes, someone is shooting. You’re damn right!”

Later on, Berman said, “I’m joined here by Don Lemon.”

Lemon said dryly, “And our friend,” referring to the heckler in the background. He then turned sympathetic. “You can understand why people are upset, because, you know, this doesn’t happen, this shouldn’t happen to any one, the whole thing we’ve been talking about, is this terrorism? But it is.”

Yet as soon as Berman introduced Lemon, the heckler said, “Don, are you angry?” She then walked into the live shot, and repeatedly shouted questions at Lemon regarding his own anger, and then, “Uncle Tom? Hello?”


(H/t Gawker)

CNN Tonight butchers Cabrera’s report

Although the word “serial killer” was never uttered from correspondent Ana Cabrera’s lips in her report that aired last night on CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, that was how the show’s account characterized the incident.

Their tweet, which has since been deleted, read: “Is a serial killer on the loose in Colorado? Mysterious shootings have left a community on edge. Ana Cabrera reports.”

Again… nowhere in Cabrera’s report did the words “serial killer” come up.

Kyle Clark, an anchor for 9News in Denver, Colorado, tweeted, “This is beyond responsible,” and quoted the now-deleted tweet from the CNN Tonight account. He followed up with, “Let’s recap, CNN. Numerous unexplained shattered windows. One case was a bullet. Zero deaths. Serial killer? C’mon.”

Shortly after Cabrera’s report aired and the tweet mistake had been flagged by Clark and his followers, she tweeted:

For which Clark praised her:

This morning, after deleting the tweet, CNN Tonight sent out a correction:

Watch Cabrera’s report below: