Christi Paul apologizes for saying “gypped”

1280_1x9lcisp1vcuCNN’s New Day Weekend anchor Christi Paul apologized for saying “gypped” on-air on Twitter when someone called her out for doing so, citing the “stigma attached to being Roma/Gypsies.” As NPR noted, “the term [gypped] carries many negative connotations.”

On Twitter, a viewer said to Paul, “Please don’t use the word “g**ped.” There is so much stigma attached to being Roma/Gypsies, and this just rubs salt in the wound, much like “j*wed” does.”

Paul responded and apologized. “I genuinely apologize for using that word. I didn’t realize the weight it carries but I do now. I learn every day & yesterday was no exception.” She added, “When I’m wrong I’ll always admit it. It’s part of being human but it’s also part of learning. I tell my kids there’s no such thing as perfect. Including people.”

Allison Chinchar signs fulltime with CNN

Allison Chinchar, who has been freelancing for CNN/USA, HLN, and CNN International, has officially joined the network as a fulltime meteorologist and weather anchor. She began freelancing in June 2015 and premiered on Weekend Express back in July 2015.

The news was announced by her talent agency, Eatman Media Services. She will continue to be based out of the network’s headquarters in Atlanta and provide her reports from the CNN Weather Center.

Morning Express moves back to old studio

Ahead of Wednesday’s DNC chair debate from the CNN Center, moderated by Chris Cuomo and Dana Bash, HLN’s Morning Express has moved into its old studio, Studio H, currently used by New Day Weekend and Fredricka Whitfield’s Newsroom.

In 2015, HLN and CNN switched studios, with HLN taking over CNN’s Studio 7 and CNN moving its Atlanta-based shows into Studio H.

This CNN anchor is a presidential candidate?

File this one away under the ‘what’ category…

CNN weekend New Day anchor Victor Blackwell was apparently (somehow) mistaken for Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson today at a Des Moines, Iowa, coffee shop.

Yeah, I don’t know how, either…

Guest attacks CNN for breaking agreement

Pat Brown, a criminal profiler, appeared on New Day for an interview with anchor Christi Paul. At the top of the segment, Paul tried to begin a discussion on Planned Parenthood shooter Robert Dear’s possible anti-government views.

Brown objected to Paul’s line of questioning. “Well, I’m a little disturbed because I made an agreement with CNN to appear this morning only under the condition that we do not talk about the particular shooter, use his name, or show his face.”

She added, “Not to talk about the particular mass murderer. I do not do that. I took a stand three years ago not to talk about individual mass murderers because I believe we in the media are increasing the number of mass murders. It has tripled in the last decade and it’s my belief that the notoriety we give them does this.”

Paul acknowledged her view, saying, “Okay, and I understand that. And I respect your views on that, surely. But we certainly can talk about the investigation into what is happening, can we not?”

“No, we cannot. I specifically said I will only come on if we don’t talk about this individual mass murderer,” Brown objected flatly.

After the abrupt end to the segment, co-anchor Victor Blackwell said, “Let’s be clear, and let me read from the e-mail from Pat Brown. Here’s the quote. Is my segment free of any photo or name of the mass murderer? That segment did not have any photograph nor use the name of the suspect and we held to that agreement.”

And, to an extent, he’s correct. They never said Dear’s name or showed a picture during the segment; however, his name did appear in the chyron.

(H/t Newsbusters)

“Coverage that does CNN proud”

As David Zurawik, the media critic for the Baltimore Sun, put it in a post today, CNN found some Baltimore coverage “that does [them] proud.”

CNN weekend anchor Victor Blackwell was reporting from the West Baltimore neighborhood where he grew up in April; and today, the network posted a followup video, with Blackwell following up on three high school students that he interviewed back then, who had expressed that they may never get out of Baltimore.

It turns out, Edison Jackson, president of Bethune-Cookman University, saw Blackwell’s original interview with the three teens in which they talked about their sense that they might never get out of West Baltimore, and the school official decided to do something about it.

He invited the three Baltimore students to the Florida school and offered them admission and scholarships that would cover all expenses beyond those not paid by federal grants.

Zurawik ended his praise column with “It’s a great story, and all praise to Blackwell and CNN for telling it in a such a way that it would touch viewers like the president of Bethune-Cookman.”

Cafe CNN moves into Robin Meade’s old set

Cafe CNN, the morning show for CNN en Español, will be moving into Studio H soon. Studio H is used for CNN International’s World Sport, as well as CNN Domestic’s New Day Weekend.

Cafe CNN is anchored by Alejandra Oraa and Carlos Montero; Glenda Umaña was the morning show’s third anchor, but was laid off last year as part of the Turner Broadcasting cuts.

CNNE’s Deportes has also been using Studio H.

Jennifer Gray renews CNN contract

CNN Atlanta-based meteorologist Jennifer Gray has renewed her contract as a meteorologist/weather correspondent for the network, FTVLive reports.

Gray joined the network in November 2013 and has offered up the weekend forecasts in the past for both New Day Weekend and HLN’s Weekend Express, while also reporting on-scene for weather-related stories.