CNN’s top boss is accused of making an inappropriate sexual joke towards anchor Alisyn Camerota during the Mirror Awards ceremony at Syracuse University Thursday.
“Jeff Zucker on CNN morning anchor Alisyn Camerota, who MC’d the awards show: ‘I was gonna say that I love waking up WITH YOU every morning, but I want to say that I love waking up TO YOU every morning,'” Hollywood Reporter’s Jeremy Barr Tweeted during the event.
Jeff Zucker on CNN morning anchor Alisyn Camerota, who MC'd the awards show: "I was gonna say that I love waking up WITH YOU every morning, but I want to say that I love waking up TO YOU every morning." (there were some groans in the room)
— Jeremy Barr (@jeremymbarr) June 13, 2019
The comment came after CNN host Jake Tapper of “The Lead” described Zucker as “ballsier than I am.”
Camerota hosts morning show “New Day,” one of CNN’s several lowly-rated news programs. Barr noted that there were groans in the room when Zucker made his comments toward Camerota.
But Camerota, who in 2017 accused former Fox News boss Roger Ailes of sexual harassing her, downplayed Zucker’s comments.
“It’s the oldest joke in the book made to morning show anchors, both men and women,” she said in a statement provided by CNN. “I hear it a couple of times a week from people in the grocery store. That isn’t harassment, in my opinion, and I didn’t find it tone deaf, either.”
In March, Zucker became the boss of WarnerMedia News and Sports, which owns CNN. He was being honored Thursday with the Fred Dressler Leadership Award.
“The Mirror Awards are the most important awards for recognizing media industry reporting and the important role the media play in our democracy and society,” according to the organization’s site.
Former CBS titan Dan Rather, known for falsely accusing president George W. Bush with going AWOL during his time in the Texas Air National Guard, won the Dressler Leadership Award in 2017.
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OOPS: CNN Legal Analyst Suspended for Indecent Exposure During Zoom Call
A liberal journalist and CNN legal analyst has been suspended from his position at New Yorker magazine after he appears to have exposed his penis during a Zoom call.
Jeffrey Toobin reportedly revealed his genitalia during a teleconference call between New Yorker employees and personnel of a New York radio station. He says that the exposure was totally unintentional, and that he wasn’t aware his camera feed was streaming to other people.
The CNN pundit, who is known for delivering Russian collusion conspiracy theories, apologized for the wardrobe malfunction in a statement provided to Vice. “I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera. I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers.”
“I believed I was not visible on Zoom. I thought no one on the Zoom call could see me. I thought I had muted the Zoom video,” said Toobin.
New Yorker spokeswoman Natalie Raabe went on to confirm that Toobin has been suspended as the matter is investigated. A CNN representative also confirmed that the media personality is on “time off” from on-air appearances with the channel.
This was almost certainly an unintentional mistake, although it’s an embarrassing and careless one.
I’d urge all the guys out there to avoid ever placing themselves in this situation, but most don’t need to be reminded to keep their pants on. One possible way to minimize the likelihood of this occurrence is doing so during teleconference calls.
Vice is now reporting that Toobin was caught outright masturbating during the zoom conference call.
“The two sources described a juncture in the election simulation when there was a strategy session, and the Democrats and Republicans went into their respective break out rooms for about 10 minutes. At this point, they said, it seemed like Toobin was on a second video call. The sources said that when the groups returned from their break out rooms, Toobin lowered the camera. The people on the call said they could see Toobin touching his penis. Toobin then left the call. Moments later, he called back in, seemingly unaware of what his colleagues had been able to see, and the simulation continued.”
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