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Don Lemon trended in the U.S. on Thursday for saying news journalists must set aside their journalistic standards and treat all Republicans as "dangerous to society".

Appearing on CNN's "New Day" on Thursday morning, Lemon urged the news media to hold Republicans to a different standard than Democrats.

Lemon, a Democrat, said journalists should acknowledge all Republicans are dangerous to America.

"We sit around and we talk about these things and we want to give this false equivalence to Democrats and Republicans. That is not where we are right now. Republicans are doing something that is very dangerous to our society and we have to acknowledge that. We have to acknowledge that as Americans, we must acknowledge that as journalists because if we don't, we are not doing our jobs."

Lemon expressed outrage that Republicans are ignoring CNN's news coverage of the ongoing hearings into former President Trump's role in the January 6, 2021 protests in the nation's Capitol.

"They have a lot to answer for," Lemon told "New Day" hosts John Berman and Brianna Keilar.

"They have to answer for those questions if they come here on CNN," he said. "They must answer for that. If they go on MSNBC, they must answer for that. If they go on ABC, they must answer for that. And they cannot expect to be coddled when they go on to a news organization or if they step in front of a crowd of supporters or voters or Americans."

Question: Do you believe the news media should favor Democrats over Republicans?

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CNN had a hard time explaining why Disney Pixar's Buzz Lightyear film flopped at the box office over the weekend.

'Lightyear' opened to an estimated $51 million in theaters - about $20 million less than box office predictions.

CNN explained, "That number came in way under industry expectations, which projected the film to make around $70 million."

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Much of the movie's buzz centered around the lesbian kiss between a female character voiced by "Orange Is the New Black" actress Uzo Aduba (pictured) and her white, female partner in a scene in the movie.

The other part of it was Disney's refusal to cut the lesbian kiss scene which led to the United Arab Emirates and Malaysia banning the movie from their markets.

CNN asked: "So why wasn't 'Lightyear' a bigger hit?"

Their list of possible reasons included "confusion" about the movie's plot, and Disney's decision to stream the movie on Disney+, which caused moviegoers to stay home.

CNN didn't mention the words "lesbian" or "kiss" in its article.

Probably because reporting that moviegoers are turned off by Hollywood's wokeness is forbidden.

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CNN's $300 million streaming service CNN+ has shut down just one month after it launched. The shut down comes after the streaming service failed to sign up more than 150,000 subscribers in 30 days.

Jemele Hill is among 300 CNN+ employees who are now out of work. The troubled sports journalist has a history of job suspensions and terminations due to her unsolicited opinions on social media.

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Cari Champion, left, and Jemele, center, were hired by CNN+ in February to host a show about sports, entertainment, politics, etc.

Their show didn't even get a chance to air. CNN+ never put their show on the programming schedule.

A disappointed Jemele took to Twitter.com on Thursday to acknowledge people laughing at her expense:

"Some of y'all are going to try to get jokes off at my expense but I'm going to be fine — it's called a contract, learn about it. But there are people who are part of our show staff who do not have the same protection. Good people will be out of work. But go off tho."

CNN+ staffers were left furious and anxious after leaving their stable jobs to work for the streamer.

"Everyone is aghast and furious." a source told The New York Post.

"Many people left their stable jobs to go to CNN+ and then they pull it right after launch?" the source said.

"The big people will likely be saved, but what about everybody else, the people who do the real work?"

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Veteran news journalist Sara Sidner moved from Los Angeles to NY for the opportunity to host her own show on CNN+.

"This is mind-blowing, to be perfectly honest," she tweeted on Thursday about CNN+'s demise.

She later tweeted: "It's over. It's been the shortest most amazing ride #CNNPlus team."

CNN's critics - including Donald Trump and Fox News - celebrated the failed venture.

The former president called CNN+ "an empty desert."

CNN has promised to place some of the unemployed in other positions within the organization. But Jemele probably won't be among them.

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Don Lemon's sexual assault accuser will get his day in court.

On Wednesday, a federal judge set a date for jury selection in the civil sexual assault case filed by former bartender Dustin Hice.

Lemon had asked the judge to dismiss the case, however, the judge denied his motion.

Hice claims Lemon was drunk in 2015 when he fondled himself at the Old Stove Pub, a bar in Sag Harbor. Hice worked as a bartender at the Old Stove Pub at the time.

In his lawsuit filed in the Eastern District of New York in 2019, Hice said that after Lemon fondled himself he rubbed his hand in Hice's face, saying, "Do you like pussy or dick."

Hice claims he fled the bar in shock and was left traumatized by the incident. Hice, who lives in Florida, said his guilt and shame prevented him from working at the bar during his summers in New York.

In his lawsuit, Hice, 41, said he never flirted with Lemon, he is a heterosexual, and only offered to buy the CNN anchor a drink as a friendly gesture.

Lemon, 55, has vigorously denied the allegations and even offered to settle the lawsuit out of court, but Hice refused.

"The plaintiff in this lawsuit has previously displayed a pattern of contempt for CNN on his social media accounts," a CNN spokesperson told Mediaite. "This claim follows his unsuccessful threats and demands for an exorbitant amount of money from Don Lemon. Don categorically denies these claims and this matter does not merit any further comment at this time."

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Former Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has a new job after opting out of re-election last year.

The one-time vice presidential hopeful announced she is joining CNN as a political commentator.

"I am thrilled to officially announce that I have joined @CNN as a Political Commentator," Bottoms tweeted Monday morning. Bottoms added that she was turned down for the coveted VJ program at @CNN 30 years ago while studying journalism at Florida A&M University.

The position affords Bottoms the luxury of working from home while raising her minor children with her husband, Derek Bottoms.

Sources say Bottoms was bitterly disappointed that Pres. Joe Biden overlooked her for the vice president position after she campaigned so heavily for him.
 
READ ALSO: Atlanta activists travel to Biden's campaign stop to question Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms
 
The disappointment allegedly caused Bottoms to lose interest in a political office. But her new job allows the Democrat to remain on the sidelines as a political pundit.

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CNN is disappointed that more Americans are ignoring COVID news coverage and returning to their everyday lives.

What's more surprising is that it took CNN so long to notice they were losing viewers.

CNN's Brian Stelter and Oliver Darcy expressed disappointment and dismay that more Americans are ignoring their doomsday COVID coverage and living their lives.

"Is the media out of touch with the public about COVID?" asked CNN anchor Brian Stelter.

Darcy replied that the news media is out of touch with the public who returned to their normal lives in 2021.

"A lot of the media does seem to be very out of touch with the public," he said. "I think this is an issue because if people are tuning out what's going on in cable news... you know, they're just, you know, ignoring everything and living their lives and we're not really getting the information that they need to them."

CNN is in a ratings slump after losing 68% of their viewers in the last quarter, leaving them in third place behind Fox News and MSNBC.

Watch the discussion below.

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A Nevada woman and an ex-CNN producer have been charged with sexually abusing a child.

Heather Carriker, 48, and former CNN producer John Griffin are charged with child abuse, sexual assault against a child under 14 and lewdness with a minor under 14.

Carriker is accused of providing a child victim to Griffin who was indicted by a federal grand jury for alleged sex crimes with underage girls.

Henderson police in Nevada arrested Carriker in August 2020, according to 8NewsNow.

Prosecutor's say Carriker took $3,000 from Griffin in June 2020 to transport a 9-year-old girl from Nevada to Boston. Carriker and the girl were met at the airport by Griffin in his red Tesla and driven to his ski cabin in Ludlow, Vermont.

Once there, the child was directed to engage in unlawful sexual activity with both adults, according to federal prosecutors in the news release.

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Griffin worked with disgraced news anchor Chris Cuomo on CNN's "New Day" from the show's launch in 2013. CNN fired Griffin after he was indicted by a federal grand jury last week.

Cuomo was fired by CNN earlier this month for digging up dirt on women who accused his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, of sexual harassment.

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CNN isn't waiting until next year to unload troubled news anchor Chris Cuomo.

The cable network fired Cuomo just days after suspending him for helping his brother, Andrew Cuomo, amid sexual misconduct allegations.

CNN's public relations Twitter account announced Cuomo's termination on Saturday.

The news comes after CNN suspended Cuomo for using the network's sources to "dig up dirt" on his brother's accusers.

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"When Chris admitted to us that he had offered advice to his brother's staff, he broke our rules and we acknowledged that publicly," CNN said in a statement announcing his suspension on Tuesday.

"We retained a respected law firm to conduct the review, and have terminated him, effective immediately," the network said on Saturday.

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Cuomo's brother, Andrew Cuomo, resigned in disgrace as governor of NY in August after the attorney general's office completed a probe into allegations of sexual misconduct.

A "major shakeup" is reportedly in the works at CNN, as part of a $43 billion merger with Discovery.

It was reported last month that a "majority" of CNN's anchors/staff will be let go as the cable channel returns to its former 24-hour news format.

Cuomo and his colleague Don Lemon were rumored to be among those on the chopping block. Lemon is still holding on to his job for the time being.

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A "major shakeup" is reportedly in the works at CNN, as part of a $43 billion merger with Discovery, according to reports.

A majority of CNN's anchors/staff will be let go as the channel returns to its former 24-hour news format.

But before we get into that, here's a brief history of CNN's humble beginnings.

Back in the day, over-the-air television was capable of broadcasting 12 channels in Miami (where I lived).

Those 12 channels consisted of the 3 major networks - ABC, CBS and NBC, plus local television stations.

In 1980, 24-hour commercial-free cable television arrived in our Miami neighborhood. More than 20 channels were available for a small monthly fee (about $7.99).

By 1981, nearly 16 million homes in the U.S. were wired for cable TV.

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CNN, the brainchild of Atlanta tycoon Ted Turner, launched on June 1, 1980 and was marketed as the first network in the U.S. to broadcast 24-hour news coverage.

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CNN's first news anchor was the great Bernard Shaw.

Over the years, CNN changed its format from an all-news channel to a reality TV format. The network hired anchors like Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo who routinely became part of the news cycle.

Now, Cuomo, 51, and Lemon, 55, have become liabilities to CNN.

Cuomo refused to report on his brother Andrew Cuomo's sex scandal. And Lemon is being sued for drunkenly groping another man's junk at a bar.

After CNN's ratings crashed into the basement in October, it was reported that a "major shakeup" was in the works.

According to Zerohedge, "CNN is going to revert to a 100% news channel," and most of CNN's on-air talent "will be fired as part of a major shakeup."

CNN's future boss, David Zaslav, vows to be "very hands on" in returning CNN to its former glory.

"For me, this deal is kind of a dream, surreal opportunity," Zaslav said. "These are brands that I have admired and loved, built by people I have admired and loved over the past 30 years."

Cuomo and Lemon are expected to be among the first to receive their pink slips.

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Nicki Minaj doxxed a newspaper reporter who contacted her cousin to say CNN was threatening to expose him.

Nicki has been under fire for her claim that a friend of her cousin's experienced impotency and swollen testicles after getting the Covid-19 mRNA vaccine.

Nicki's tweets sparked denials from the CDC, Dr. Anthony Fauci and the White House. She was reported booted off Twitter twice.

The drama boiled over on Friday after a Trinidad-based reported, Sharlene Rampersad contacted Nicki's cousin via WhatsApp to request an interview.

When the unidentified cousin ignored the reporter's interview request, she wrote:

"CNN is in the country looking for you. And when they find you, they won't hesitate to reveal where you live where your gf lives... anything and anyone who is tied to you."

Rampersad promised not to reveal his contact info to CNN if he spoke with her.

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Nicki was livid. She took to social media and shared screengrabs of the WhatsApp conversation between the reporter and her cousin.

Nicki claimed her cousin is now in hiding from CNN and she accused the reporter and CNN of "threatening my family in Trinidad". She added, "it won't bode well for you."

In another post on her Instagram Story, Nicki called the reporter a "dirty h*e" and published her phone number.

The reporter responded: "I will be taking you to court @nickiminaj."

Nicki's "Barbz" reportedly called the reporter's number and tagged CNN in their tweets.

One Twitter user wrote:

"Apparently, the real issue for CNN is that Nikki engaged in Free Speech (yes, I disagree with her stance on COVID, but, she's entitled to it)."

Another person tweeted:

"I have always been a CNN supporter & thought the left had some sense but this situation with Nicki Minaj has opened my eyes that main stream media is all about pushing their agendas and tearing apart and LYING on anyone who doesnt fit their agenda."

And a third person wrote:

"@CNN and @Guardian are literally harassing and THREATENlNG Nicki Minaj's family in Trinidad if her they do not talk to them! How is this legal?! It needs to stop NOW."

Nicki also dragged CNN host Don Lemon for criticizing her on his program.

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A judge has blocked a Las Vegas woman from collecting $230,000 after she lied about being a single mom to three girls.

CNN helped raise $233,000 for Dasha Kelly after she was interviewed about the eviction moratorium in early August.

Kelly told CNN reporter Nick Watt she is a "single mom" of three girls, ages 5, 6 and 8, and she feared they would end up on the street.
 
READ ALSO: CNN raised $230K for woman who lied about being mom to three children
 
During the report Kelly dabbed her dry eyes with a wad of tissue, as she explained she owed $1,900 in back rent.

CNN promoted Kelly's GoFundMe account which raised over $233,000. Kelly later confessed she lied about being the mother of the three girls.

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Kelly told Watt she was babysitting the girls for her boyfriend, their biological father. She said the children have a home - with their biological mother.

The girls' biological mother, Shadia Hilo, sued GoFundMe to freeze the funds, according to Hilo's attorney, Marc Randazza.

Atlanta Black Star reported a Las Vegas judge has blocked Kelly's access to the funds.

In court documents, Hilo stated Kelly "exploited the children for financial gain in a fraudulent fundraising scheme."

In a statement, Randazza said:

"The judge decided, at least based on what he had seen in the case so far, we had a substantial likelihood of success on the merits, and that it would be fair and equitable to lock the money up so the kids don't have it, Ms. Kelly doesn't have it. The money is just sitting right where it was until further action by the court."

Randazza told the court he and Hilo offered to split the $233,000 four ways between Kelly and the three girls. However, Kelly declined the offer.

After Randazza contacted GoFundMe, the crowdfunding site gave donors the option to ask for refunds. Subsequently, the $233,000 decreased to a little more than $162,000.

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CNN has egg on their faces after they were conned into raising $230,000 by a woman who lied about being a single mom to three girls.

CNN viewers donated to Dasha Kelly's GoFundMe account after she was interviewed about the recent eviction moratorium lapse.

Kelly told CNN reporter Nick Watt she is a "single mom" of three girls who faced eviction and they could all end up on the street.

During the report Kelly dabbed her dry eyes with a wad of tissue, as she explained she owed $1,900 in back rent.

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Congresswoman Cori Bush (right) vowed to help Kelly and other single mothers like her.

"Dasha Kelly has started a GoFundMe page to try and cover that rent, $2,000. It’s a Hail Mary, she says she's praying for a miracle, hoping for a miracle," Watt told CNN viewers.
 
READ ALSO: The Internet says single mom with 11 children is a scammer
 
The GoFundMe raised over $230,000 for Kelly, who later admitted she lied about being the mother of the girls.

She told Watt the girls have a home -- with their real mother.

She said she is the girlfriend of the children's father, and the girls were staying with them for the summer.

CNN ran a disclaimer on the online version of the story.

"After CNN aired a story about her potential eviction, Dasha Kelly clarified to CNN that she is not the mother of the three children featured in the story. CNN has verified she takes care of the children in her home for periods of time. She says she originally described herself to CNN as a mother because she considers herself to be like one to them."

GoFundMe says the cash in the account is frozen and no moneys were withdrawn.

This isn't the first time a woman "borrowed" someone else's children to defraud GoFundMe.

Last year Jessica Sumlin claimed she was a single mother of 11 children facing eviction.

Hundreds of people donated over $10,000 to her GoFundMe page.

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Chris Cuomo sparked a firestorm on social media when he said there won't be police reform or gun control in America until "White people's kids start getting killed."

Cuomo, the younger brother of embattled New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, made the controversial statement on his show "Cuomo Prime Time" last week.

During a monologue on the recent deaths of young criminals at the hands of police, Cuomo said police reform and gun control will come at a price for white Americans.

"Shootings, gun laws, access to weapons. Oh, I know when they'll change. [When] your kids start getting killed. White people's kids start getting killed."

Then Cuomo mocked the accent of white people: "What's going on with these police? Maybe we shouldn't even have police."

Cuomo questioned those who blamed the criminal histories of the victims and noncompliance with police orders.

Chris Cuomo's television ratings have taken a nose dive after the revelations concerning his brother, who is accused of sexual misconduct by dozens of women.

Chris was muzzled by CNN, who banned him from discussing his brother's troubles on his show.

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Journalists slammed CNN for declaring "there is no consensus" for doctors "assigning" sex at birth.

CNN made the controversial statement while reporting a news story about South Dakota banning male-to-female trans athletes from girl’s sports.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem declined to sign legislation banning trans athletes from girls sports.

CNN reporter Devan Cole wrote, "It's not possible to know a person's gender identity at birth." He added, "There is no consensus criteria for assigning sex at birth."

Other reputable journalists noted that Cole does not hold a medical license.

Twitter user @Roninresearch wrote: "My wife delivered babies for 23 years and she could tell real easy what the gender was... Oddly enough so could the parents."

"I'm not a doctor, @CNN but if you look just below the waist you may get some insight," Craig Seymour wrote.

Media critic Lee Sobotka wrote, "CNN isn’t a news organization. They are straight up activists."

One Twitter user wrote: "I've gotten used to a lot of woke craziness. Never thought I'd see biological sex in scare quotes."

The Biden administration is reportedly considering an executive order banning hospitals from declaring a newborn's sex on birth certificates.

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NY Mag writer Jeffrey Toobin was suspended by the NY Post after he was caught pleasuring himself during a Zoom call between colleagues and WYNC workers.

Toobin, who also serves as CNN's chief legal analyst, was caught masturbating during a Zoom call.

According to an update from Vice.com, "This piece has been updated with more detail about the call and the headline has been updated to reflect that Toobin was masturbating."

Toobin apologized in a statement to Vice. "I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera. I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers."

The 60-year-old journalist added: "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."

A spokeswoman for the magazine said, "Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended while we investigate the matter."

Toobin is best known for his coverage of the OJ Simpson trial as a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine in the 1990s.

Toobin, who hasn't tweeted since Oct. 13, appeared as a legal analyst on CNN on Saturday, but he has since taken leave to deal with his personal problems.

"Jeff Toobin has asked for some time off while he deals with a personal issue, which we have granted," CNN said in a statement on Monday.

Toobin has served as CNN's Senior Legal Analyst since 2002.