Chris Cuomo compares being “fake news” with being called the “n-word,” walks it back

CNN’s New Day co-anchor Chris Cuomo is known for making questionable statements on air and on Twitter, as has been documented in this space. In the past, he’s compared Megyn Kelly to monkeys at a zoo, misinterpreted the First Amendment on hate speech, and plenty more.

But today, following President Trump tweeting CNN was fake news and lambasting Cuomo for not asking Senator Blumenthal about fabricating his military record (even though, to Cuomo’s credit, he did ask the senator about that), he mentioned his thoughts on being labeled fake news on Sirius XM.

Appearing on his CNN colleague Michael Smerconish’s XM program, Cuomo said, “The only thing that’s bothersome about it, is that I see being called ‘fake news’ as the equivalent of the n-word for journalists, the equivalent of calling an Italian any of the ugly words that people have for that ethnicity. That’s what fake news is to a journalist.”

He went on to say, “It is an ugly insult and you better be right if you’re going to charge a journalist with lying on purpose and the president was not right here and he has not been right in the past.”

But after the controversy ensued, Cuomo walked back the rhetoric on Twitter, saying “I was wrong.”

Donald Trump lies about Chris Cuomo’s interview

Just days after Kellyanne Conway insisted CNN wasn’t fake news, which is a break from her boss’s messaging, President Donald Trump today tweeted that CNN was, in fact, “fake news,” and went after CNN anchor Chris Cuomo — even though the president allegedly doesn’t watch CNN.

Trump accused Cuomo of not asking Senator Blumenthal about him misrepresentating his military experience, even though he did just that at the top of the interview.

“The president, with all due respect, is once again off on the facts,” Cuomo said.
CNN’s public relations team pushed back:

Carol Costello gets emotional CNN sendoff

Carol Costello, who announced on Monday she would be leaving CNN and moving to Los Angeles and joining HLN, had a emotional sendoff on CNN.

When Chris Cuomo and Alisyn Camerota tossed to Costello in the 9am hour, they noted it would be the last time they would be doing so, and wished Costello the best at HLN.

Costello’s team put together a video of goodbyes from her colleagues, along with clips from some of her interviews and reports.

Beginning Monday, the 9am-11am hour will be a dual-anchored CNN Newsroom with Poppy Harlow and John Berman.

Anna Coren returns from lengthy maternity leave

CNN International correspondent/anchor Anna Coren has returned from her lengthy maternity leave, appearing on both CNN and CNN International this morning. She left her post at CNN’s Hong Kong bureau back in mid-fall 2015 and returned to her native Australia, wanting to ensure her twin’s Australian citizenship, according to reports.

Sources told me in the past that Coren had left CNN, but CNN wouldn’t comment on those rumors.

One of the New York based correspondents, Alexandra Field, had been temporarily assigned to Hong Kong in Coren’s absence.

Coren was reporting from Sydney, Australia, on President Trump and Prime Minister Turnbull’s phone call.

CNN announces new daytime lineup

With the hiring of former Fox anchor Dave Briggs and the departure of Carol Costello, today CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker announced CNN’s new programming schedule, effective February 6:

4:00am-6:00am Early Start with Christine Romans and Dave Briggs (beginning Feb. 23)

6:00am-9:00am New Day

9:00am-11:00am CNN Newsroom with John Berman and Poppy Harlow

11:00am-12:00 At This Hour with Kate Bolduan

12:00pm-1:00pm Inside Politics

The rest of the daytime schedule remains the same.

Bob Beckel departs CNN, rejoins Fox News

Former The Five co-host, Bob Beckel, who had been appearing on CNN as a paid contributor, has re-joined Fox News, apparently leaving CNN.

Rupert Murdoch said, “Bob was missed by many fans of The Five and we’re happy to welcome him back to the show,” according to a report from Mediaite.

Beckel added, “I’m thrilled for the opportunity to go home again and join my television family around the table of The Five. I have no doubt it will be a vigorous yet entertaining debate.”

At the time, Beckel appeared on New Day with his former Fox colleague Alisyn Camerota, where he discussed his somewhat acrimonious departure.

Alison Kosik joins CNN as correspondent, leaving CNNMoney

CNNMoney correspondent and substitute anchor Alison Kosik has joined the New York bureau as a general assignment correspondent, beginning her new role tomorrow, according to a staff memo that was sent out by the director of regional newsgathering, Mary Anne Fox.

She joined CNN in 2008.

Fox’s memo is below…

Hi everyone –

I’m happy to announce that Alison Kosik will be joining the NY Bureau as a general assignment correspondent.

Alison is no stranger to the newsroom, as she has worked with us during many snowstorms, hurricanes and manhunts.

She brings with her an in-depth knowledge of business news from her years reporting for CNN Money.

I’m thrilled she is joining the newsgathering team. She officially starts with us tomorrow.

Please join me in welcoming her to the newsroom.

Morning Express expands an hour, reducing Michaela to two hours

Morning Express with Robin Meade is expanding, and Michaela, hosted by former CNN anchor Michaela Periera, is being reduced, by an hour.

Pereira’s morning news program, which originates from Los Angeles, took two hours from Meade when she joined HLN. MXP aired live from 6am-10am, and aired two hours of repeats of earlier hours from 10am-noon ET. But when Pereira joined the lineup, her program aired from 10am-1pm ET.

Now, TVNewser reports that HLN has cut Michaela back an hour; it will now begin at 11am and run until 1pm ET, beginning on Monday.

At 10am, HLN will air an extra hour of Morning Express, with some live bits and some taped segments.