Former United States President Donald Trump heralded the abrupt resignation of CNN’s president Jeff Zucker on Wednesday.
Zucker resigned with immediate effect on Wednesday after revealing he had been in a consensual relationship with a colleague, Allison Gollust, which he had failed to report to CNN.
Trump issued a statement calling Zucker a “world-class sleazebag” that “heeded ratings and real-news-challenged CNN for far too long.”
“(Zucker) has been terminated for numerous reasons, but predominantly because CNN has lost its way with viewers and everybody else. Now is a chance to put Fake News in the backseat. Jeff Zucker is gone — congratulations to all!”
Trump frequently took issue with his coverage on CNN, claiming many of their stories to be fake news. The network’s ratings fell sharply after Trump’s departure from the White House, with their viewership down 90% from the same time last year.
Jeff Zucker was responsible for firing Chris Cuomo
Zucker was responsible for firing Chris Cuomo, the brother of former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, for using his role at CNN to help his brother defend himself against sexual misconduct allegations.
The CNN anchor was axed in December after new details came to light about his repeated efforts to help his brother. He had already apologized for giving advice to his brother’s senior aides, which was a clear conflict of interest.
However, the thousands of pages of evidence disclosed by New York Attorney General Letitia James, clearly showed that Chris Cuomo was even more involved than he had admitted previously.
CNN issued a statement on Tuesday saying “The documents, which we were not privy to before their public release, raise serious questions.
“When Chris admitted to us that he had offered advice to his brother’s staff, he broke our rules and we acknowledged that publicly. But we also appreciated the unique position he was in and understood his need to put family first and job second. However, these documents point to a greater level of involvement in his brother’s efforts than we previously knew.
“As a result, we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation,” the CNN statement read.
The New York Times stated that the most basic journalism standards of the news network had been questioned as the months-long investigations unfolded, adding that Zucker refused to discipline him even after reports indicated that Chris Cuomo had taken part in the “strategy sessions” of his brother’s political advisers.
This is a clear breach of the most basic reportorial norms of conduct.
The scores of emails he sent to his brother’s advisers which were brought to light in December clearly show that he was heavily involved in assisting the governor — even to the point of trying to find out if there were pending stories on his brother at Politico and The New Yorker.