CNN host Don Lemon featured a panel of anti-Trump republicans, but the segment quickly went south when two of the three turned on one another.
One of the panelists, former Trump official Anthony Scaramucci, was discussing America’s deep division regardless of who is president and said that support for Trump was “identity politics and economics.”
This fired up Ana Navarro, who said she hates the term “identity politics” because it refers to minorities like herself.
“I don’t agree with it, Ana. I’m just pointing out what it is,” Scaramucci fired back.
“Well then don’t use it. Don’t use it because it’s a stupid – you know damn well it’s a dog whistle, Anthony. You’re too smart for that,” Navarro bit back as Lemon tried to end the segment.
At this point, we’re in too deep.
Amanda Carpenter, former senior communications adviser for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), felt must have felt left out, quickly injecting herself into the back-and-forth.
Carpenter replied to the comment about Scaramucci’s intelligence, saying “Well, he worked for Trump, so I don’t know.”
Lemon entered into an uncontrollable laughing fit before egging on Scaramucci to fire back.
“You worked for Ted Cruz. You worked for Ted Cruz, a full-on traitor. What are you talking about? You don’t have any standing to say that,” Scaramucci rebutted.
Things soon got intense between the two.
“Excuse me? Excuse me, Anthony Scaramucci. I remember you going to the cameras and praising Donald Trump to the hilt,” she said. “When I worked for Ted Cruz? You want to go there? He took principled constitutional stands.”
“You didn’t praise Ted Cruz when you worked for him?” Scaramucci asked.
“Excuse me, what was that?” Carpenter fired back. “You really think I should answer to you about my work history when you were Donald Trump’s communications person willingly? Get lost!”
“Don’t be a hypocrite on national TV,” Scaramucci said. “I owned to the mistake of Donald Trump. Try not to be a hypocrite on national TV.”
“I am happy to talk about Ted Cruz…I write about it,” Carpenter said. “But, Anthony, you were Donald Trump’s mouthpiece and everybody knew what kind of person he was then and has shown himself to be now. So it’s very hard to take any advice that you have seriously.”
Cut the cameras!
“Boy, that went sideways. Thank you all,” Lemon said as he ended the segment.
All in the Family? Andrew Cuomo’s Brother, CNN’s Chris Cuomo Accused of Sexual Harassment
A guest essay written for the New York Times by veteran television journalist and former executive producer Shelley Ross alleges CNN host Chris Cuomo sexually harassed her when they had previously worked together.
The alleged incident occurred when the two worked together at ABC News in 2005 and Ross now wants the host to “journalistically repent” for his behavior of squeezing her buttock without her permission.
“At the time, I was the executive producer of an ABC entertainment special, but I was Mr. Cuomo’s executive producer at ‘Primetime Live’ just before that,” she wrote. “I was at the party with my husband, who sat behind me on an ottoman sipping his Diet Coke as I spoke with work friends. When Mr. Cuomo entered the Upper West Side bar, he walked toward me and greeted me with a strong bear hug while lowering one hand to firmly grab and squeeze the cheek of my buttock.”
Ross added Cuomo said to her, “I can do this now that you’re no longer my boss” and did it “with a kind of cocky arrogance.” Ross said she told him he couldn’t, pushed him off her and revealed her husband was right behind her, and they quickly left the party.
The party was for an ABC colleague’s departure. Later that evening, Cuomo sent her an email, which Ross printed. The email stated, “[T]hough my hearty greeting was a function of being glad to see you … christian slater got arrested for a (kind of) similar act, (though borne of an alleged negative intent, unlike my own)…and as a husband I can empathize with not liking to see my wife patted as such.”
Cuomo added he would like for Ross to pass along an apology to her “very good and noble husband,” and also “I apologize to you as well, for even putting you in su]ch a position.” He added he would remember his lesson the next time he was happy to see her.
Ross writes in her essay, “Mr. Cuomo may say this is a sincere apology. I’ve always seen it as an attempt to provide himself with legal and moral coverage to evade accountability.”
Afghan Journalists Release Photos After Being Severely Beaten by Taliban for Covering Women’s Protest
Two Afghan journalists, photographer Nematullah Naqdi and reporter Taqi Daryabi were severely beaten by the Taliban for reporting on a women’s protest in Kabul. The two were battered after being beaten with batons, electric cables and whips. The beating occurred after being detained for several hours by Taliban fighters a day earlier.
The two men, who work for Afghan’s media outlet Etilaat Roz, released photos of their bruised bodies once back in their Kabul office, after being released from Taliban custody. Naqdi told Agence France-Presse “One of the Taliban put his foot on my head, crushed my face against the concrete. They kicked me in the head…I thought they were going to kill me.”
Daryabi added “we were in so much pain that we couldn’t move.” Naqdi said he was told “you are lucky you weren’t beheaded” when asked why they were being beaten. When covering a protest on Wednesday outside a Kabul police station calling for an end to Taliban violations of women and girls, Naqdi said a Taliban fighter immediately tried to grab his camera when he began taking photos.
The Taliban were also rounding up anyone filming or taking photos of the demonstration, added Naqdi. The two say they were taken to a nearby police station where the beatings took place, only to be released after several hours.
The New York Post reports dozens of Afghan reporters have been beaten or accosted in recent weeks since the Taliban has recovered control of Afghanistan. The Taliban, however, claims that they will uphold press freedoms under their new regime. As has been proven time and time again, not much faith, if any, can be placed into anything the Taliban says or promises.
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