New Day Weekend anchor and HLN correspondent Christi Paul has been staying home and nursing her husband while he battles COVID, she revealed on Instagram. Her co-anchor, Victor Blackwell, has been awaiting the results of his COVID test for twelve days. “I’m still waiting for results,” he said.
“Husband is positive with covid19. Girls & I are all negative,” Paul wrote on Instagram. “Haven’t been able to hold his hand or kiss his forehead . . . We all miss his presence at the dinner table, his laughter & his joshing us.”
Paul concluded, “But we know God gives us His strength when we’re weak & His wisdom when we’re confused & drained. This virus makes no sense. The testing, the paradigm, the transmission… I swear it’s all still a crapshoot.”
When she responded to a comment and offered an update, she said, “He’s actually a little worse today but it’s part of the ups & downs. He’s not in the hospital on a ventilator so I’ll take this. And I pray for everyone who is because this is rough.”
Tuesday, CNN announced it had had its best May ever. In part of its press release, CNN said, “Viewers are flocking to CNN in unprecedented numbers to get the latest facts and information during this period of crisis in America.” Cuomo Prime Time was the network’s top-rated program in May among total viewers and in the demo.
But President Trump on Wednesday announced that “CNN IS DYING” — the day after CNN announced its record ratings. He cited the fact anchor Chris Cuomo’s ratings are down 50% (actually, 49% — but close enough). While Cuomo’s ratings are down from when he announced he had coronavirus, he still remains the most-watched CNN program. On Tuesday, CNN responded in part to Trump’s original tweet by saying, “Chris Cuomo has had his highest ratings in history for the past two months.”
Today, CNN fired back quite simply: “CNN is not dying. But Americans are. Focus on that and leave television ratings to us.
President Donald Trump weighed in this morning not on last night’s protests over the death of George Floyd, nor the reaction to him making his way to St. John’s church, but instead on Gov. Cuomo and his younger brother, CNN primetime anchor Chris Cuomo.
“Yesterday was a bad day for the Cuomo Brothers. New York was lost to the looters, thugs, Radical Left, and all others forms of Lowlife & Scum. The Governor [Andrew Cuomo] refuses to accept my offer of a dominating National Guard. NYC was ripped to pieces,” the president wrote on Twitter.
Turning his attention then to the CNN anchor, Trump concluded, “Likewise, Fredo’s ratings are down 50%!”
This is a reference to the Daily Mail report from last week, noting the 49% fall in Cuomo’s Prime Time ratings since March when he was diagnosed with coronavirus. At the time, “source close to the anchor pointed out that cable news ratings rise and fall dramatically depending on what’s happening in the news cycle. The person argued that weekly averages don’t provide an accurate picture of viewership,” according to the Daily Mail. The day after he announced he tested positive, Cuomo Prime Time scored a first place victory. Cuomo’s ratings have dropped 49 percent in the demo and 35 percent overall, while Maddow is down 17 percent in the demo and 7 percent overall. Hannity has dropped 38 percent in the demo and 12 percent overall.
In response to the president’s tweet, CNN said, “Surely you have more important issues than TV ratings to address. But since you’ve made it a priority, we’ll correct the record. Chris Cuomo has had his highest ratings in history for the past two months.”
CNN correspondent Gary Tuchman was reporting from Gulf Shores, Alabama, speaking with beachgoers about their decision, primarily, to be out and about during coronavirus and without a mask on. During the segment, embedded below, Tuchman had his mask on and respected social distancing, but a photo snapped afterwards shows him without his mask on, and his cameraman not having a mask on, either.
Earlier, CNN White House correspondent Kaitlin Collins also removed the mask when the White House press briefing ended.
(H/t Fourth Watch
CNN anchor Erica Hill and chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta will be back Saturday, May 30 at 10am with a second edition of ABCs of Covid “to help children and parents understand the latest additional issues surrounding Coronavirus, including staying safe in the summer months, going back to school and how to manage big feelings,” CNN announced, with a helping hand from Sesame Street.
On Tuesday’s Cuomo Prime Time, anchor Chris Cuomo argued that President Trump saying he was taking anti-malarial drug Hydroxychloroquine was a “distraction,” arguing not to focus on that, but instead focus on how to safely reopen the country.
But at Wednesday’s White House press briefing, Kayleigh McEnany addressed the remarks the anchor made Tuesday night, and she blasted him, given that he took what she described as a “less safe form,” by taking quinine to combat his coronavirus weeks prior.
McEnany began, “Well, Cuomo mocked the president for [taking this]. Hydroxychloroquine of course is an FDA approved medication with a long proven track record for safety, and it turns out that Chris Cuomo took a less safe version of it called quinine which the FDA removed from the market in 2006 because of its serious side effects including death. So really interesting to have that criticism of the president.”
Deadline reported CNN didn’t have a response to McEnany’s statement.
Although quinine was one of the supplements that Cristina Cuomo, the anchor’s wife, wrote that he had taken, it has not been proven to combat covid-19, either, much like Hydroxychloroquine.
Originally CNN Worldwide chief Jeff Zucker announced that he hoped to have 15% of the staff back by June, with the majority returning by early September.
But in a memo to staff, Zucker backpedalled some, changing his mind on just when the staffers would be returning — noting that indeed, some won’t “even return to the office in September,” citing the need to be reconfigure officespace “to drastically reduce our footprint in all of our workspaces” to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Maxi Tani reports.
“Big Brother, good to see you,” is the typical line CNN anchor Chris Cuomo uses to welcome Gov. Andrew Cuomo to Cuomo Prime Time. The Wednesday, May 13 edition was no exception, and the segment lasted nearly twenty minutes (which is roughly how long most of the interviews, if you want to call it that, last).
Like most of America, I understand that both Cuomos are probably fairly busy people. The younger Cuomo hosts his CNN primetime show and has an afternoon SiriusXM show. The older Cuomo, of course, is the governor of New York.
However, can a booker on Cuomo’s team and an aide on the older Cuomo’s team schedule time for them to catch up — you know, off-air?
It was reported that CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker “greenlighted” younger Cuomo interviewing Gov. Cuomo beginning in early April. Prior to that, Zucker banned the CNN anchor from interviewing his governor brother in 2013. Explaining his decision to lift the ban, he said at the time, “You get trust from authenticity and relatability and vulnerability. That’s what the brothers Cuomo are giving us right now.”
And maybe in early April, that was the case. But now? No, now they’re just giving us annoying, brotherly barbs.