Chris Cuomo’s firing was turned into a “breaking news” story at CNN.
In an ultimate ironic twist about the cruel cable news business, Cuomo’s demise was used to juice ratings on the failing network by having Jim Acosta and Brian Stelter aka Mr. Potato Head deliver the good bad news to CNN viewers.
“This is CNN breaking news,” the dramatic intro led in.
“And we have breaking news to report to you now about CNN anchor Chris Cuomo,” Acosta said deadpan. “Earlier this week, Cuomo was suspended from CNN after documents revealed he had been involved more than previously known in shaping his brother’s, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s, defense.”
“Cuomo, Chris Cuomo, we should point out, has now been terminated here at CNN, ” Acosta added before going to Brian Stelter.
“Brian, obviously this is huge news,” he said. “Not only inside CNN, but for this industry. What can you tell us?”
“Yeah, Chris Cuomo, one of the most popular anchors at CNN,” Stelter said, “One of the best known names in television news, violated journalistic ethics and norms, not once or twice, but many times. And that’s ultimately the result of today’s news.
It’s amazing to see Brian Stelter and Jim Acosta discussing “journalistic norms.” Chris Cuomo had appeared on the network for over a year with his brother Andrew Cuomo, throughout numerous scandals, most egregiously, the nursing home deaths reporting scandal that neither Acosta nor Stelter substantially criticized on-air.
No, it took the actions of a New York Attorney General to shine the light on Chris Cuomo, whose brother just happened to have gotten taken down recently. It appears that Chris Cuomo’s connections in New York politics dried up with his brother’s departure, and now both brothers are out of a job.
Life comes at you fast. But for Acosta and Stelter, pretending they didn’t know Cuomo was violating journalistic ethics for the last year and a half, up to the moment of “breaking news,” is unintentionally hilarious. If there were any justice at CNN, all of Chris Cuomo’s fellow journalists who turned a blind eye to his bad behavior should be on the hot seat, as well.
BREAKING: Chris Cuomo Has Officially Been *FIRED* from CNN
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As China’s military ramps up its capabilities—including with nuclear and hypersonic weapons—its U.S. counterpart says it is not intimidated.
“America isn’t a country that fears competition,” said U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin in prepared remarks for a Reagan National Defense Forum speech in California on Saturday, according to Voice of America.
“We’re facing a formidable challenge,” he said. “And we’re going to meet this one with confidence and resolve—not panic and pessimism.”
A report released by the Pentagon in November estimated that China is rapidly expanding its nuclear force.
The Pentagon estimates that the nation could increase its nuclear missile count to 1,000 by 2030.
“The PLA’s evolving capabilities and concepts continue to strengthen [China’s] ability to ‘fight and win wars’ against a ‘strong enemy,’ a likely euphemism for the United States,” the Pentagon report stated.
China’s recent tests of a hypersonic weapon have also raised concerns. General Mark Milley said the weapon tests were close to a “Sputnik moment,” referring to a satellite released by the Soviet Union in 1957.
Milley told Bloomberg in October that China will pose the largest threat to the U.S. national security in the coming years.
“As we go forward—over the next 10, 20, 25 years—there’s no question in my mind that the biggest geostrategic challenge to the United States is going to be China. That I have no doubt at all,” he said.
Austin said this week that China was increasing tensions in Asia with its hypersonic weapon tests and that the U.S. will “continue to maintain the capabilities to defend and deter against a range of potential threats from the PRC to ourselves and to our allies.”
In his speech Saturday, Austin notes that the U.S. “has been stepping up its efforts” to respond to China. He says that officials are considering using more money for research and development, and that they are already spending funds on stealth and drone technology, Voice of America reports.
“When we maintain our technological edge, we maintain our military edge,” he says in the speech. “The United States has an advantage that no autocracy can match—our combination of free enterprise, free minds, and free people.”
While the U.S has strengthened existing alliances with countries including Japan and Australia, Austin says the U.S. isn’t looking to turn other nations against China: “We’re not seeking an Asian version of NATO or trying to build an anti-China coalition. And we’re not asking countries to choose between the United States and China.”
Newsweek has reached out to the Department of Defense for comment, but did not hear back in time for publication on Saturday.
CNN announced on Saturday afternoon that they fired star host Chris Cuomo in response to new information coming out about his alleged involvement in helping his brother, then-New York Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo, navigate a public relations crisis involving sexual misconduct allegations.
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