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Joe Rogan slams CNN as ‘f***ing propagandists for the Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon ethic scandals

Joe Rogan has slammed CNN as a ‘left-wing propaganda network’ with terrible ratings because of its ‘highly polarizing editorial personalities’ on his podcast Friday, just days before the news outlet announced the immediate termination of host Chris Cuomo.

Speaking on his podcast ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’ about Cuomo’s then indefinite suspension, the entertainer said the CNN host was ‘done as a journalist’ and that the network no longer provided ‘real news’.

‘I think CNN is realizing that their ratings are dogs**t and that having these highly polarizing editorial personalities like [Brian] Stelter and Don Lemon — I personally, maybe it’s just my bias, I want the news. I want objective news. I want someone to tell me what are the facts of what’s going on and what’s happening,’ he said.

‘I don’t want your ideological slant. I don’t want this left-wing propaganda network, which is what CNN has become.’

The liberal podcaster added it’s ‘really hard’ to find ‘unbiased, professional news’ these days and he’s disappointed in how CNN has evolved over the last two decades.

His commentary comes as Cuomo and Lemon both face face accusations of sexual harassment. 

Cuomo was fired on Saturday with immediate effect after being accused by a former colleague of sexual harasment. He was suspended days earlier after text messages released by New York AG Letitia James’ office showed he had greater involvement in his brother Andrew Cuomo’s sexual harassment scandal that CNN network executives previously knew. 

Lemon on the other hand is being sued by a Hamptons bartender who claims he rubbed his own genitals then shoved his fingers in his face in 2018. He was also slammed on Monday night for covering Jussie Smollett’s ongoing trial after the Empire actor testified in court that the host informed him in a text message that Chicago police did not believe he was the victim of a racist homophobic attack. 

Joe Rogan slammed CNN as a ‘left-wing propaganda network’ with terrible ratings because of its ‘highly polarizing editorial personalities’ on his podcast Friday, just days before the news outlet announced the immediate termination of host Chris Cuomo

‘The way I look at CNN now is so different than the way I looked at CNN 15, 20 years ago. I used to look at them as ‘this is how I get the news.’ This is unbiased, professional news,’ Rogan explained.

‘They’re going to tell me what’s happening in Pakistan and, you know, what’s happening in Mogadishu. These are the real journalists that are telling you the news.’

He continued: ‘Now I look at them, I go, “You f***ing propagandists, the right-arm of Pfizer. What are you doing?”‘ 

Rogan also questioned the network’s then suspension of Cuomo – before he was fired – saying the ethics move was made for a ‘weird reason’.

Cuomo was accused of helping his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, respond to sexual harassment allegations which prompted an investigation by an outside law firm into how exactly the star anchor aided his brother.

‘They got rid of that dude — for a weird reason,’ he said. ‘Like ethically, I get it, because he helped his brother…’

‘He probably didn’t think anything of it. He probably did it on instinct. But yeah, he’s done for.’ 

CNN announced Cuomo’s termination Saturday, stating it was ‘effective immediately’ days after he was suspended when NY AG Letitia James’ office released text messages that detailed exactly how the star anchor aided his brother, Andrew Cuomo, then-governor of New York, as he tried to fight off a sexual harassment scandal this year. It emerged on Saturday that he was fired after a sexual harassment allegation was made against him.

During his podcast Friday, Rogan said said Chris Cuomo (pictured) was 'done as a journalist' and that CNN no longer provided 'real news'

During his podcast Friday, Rogan said said Chris Cuomo (pictured) was ‘done as a journalist’ and that CNN no longer provided ‘real news’

Cuomo (right) was accused of helping his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (left), respond to sexual harassment allegations which prompted an investigation by an outside law firm into how exactly the star anchor aided his brother

Cuomo (right) was accused of helping his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (left), respond to sexual harassment allegations which prompted an investigation by an outside law firm into how exactly the star anchor aided his brother 

‘Chris Cuomo was suspended earlier this week pending further evaluation of new information that came to light about his involvement with his brother’s defense,’ the network said in a statement Saturday.

‘We retained a respected law firm to conduct the review and have terminated him.’

Though it was not referenced in CNN’s statement, an attorney told the New York Times that she had informed the network on Wednesday of her client’s allegation of prior sexual misconduct against Chris Cuomo.

Debra S. Katz, a prominent employment lawyer who also represents one of Andrew Cuomo’s accusers, said that the allegation against Chris Cuomo was made by a former junior colleague at another network, and was unrelated to the Gov. Andrew Cuomo matter.’

Further details about the allegation are unclear, including which network Chris Cuomo was working at at the time of the alleged misconduct. Cuomo’s spokesman denied the claim, saying: ‘These apparently anonymous allegations are not true.’

CNN’s statement cited only Cuomo’s ‘conduct with his brother’s defense’ in its decision to terminate the anchor.

‘Chris Cuomo was suspended earlier this week pending further evaluation of new information that came to light about his involvement with his brother’s defense,’ the network said in the statement.

After amassing a trove of texts and documents pointing to a serious breach of network standards by the journalist, CNN notified Cuomo of his termination Saturday, the network’s statement revealed. 

In an announcement released Saturday afternoon, the network revealed that more information had come to light during its internal investigation into the anchor and that he was terminated from the network 'effective immediately'

In an announcement released Saturday afternoon, the network revealed that more information had come to light during its internal investigation into the anchor and that he was terminated from the network ‘effective immediately’

Cuomo (right) preparing to sue his former employer for $18 million left on his contract, claiming that CNN President Jeff Zucker (left) knew about his involvement in his brother's sex pest probe

Cuomo (right) preparing to sue his former employer for $18 million left on his contract, claiming that CNN President Jeff Zucker (left) knew about his involvement in his brother’s sex pest probe

Cuomo, 51, is preparing to sue his former employer for $18 million left on his contract, claiming that CNN President Jeff Zucker knew about his involvement in his brother’s sex pest probe.

The ex-host alleged Zucker knew about the cooperation, which the network called ‘patently false.’  

Cuomo has now hired lawyers and is preparing to file a suit against CNN if it does not honor the remainder of the four year contract he signed last year, under which he receives $6 million a year.

However, source familiar with the case told the New York Post the network has ‘no intention of paying Cuomo a penny,’ noting that ‘if he gets a settlement, there would be an uproar.’  

News of the lawsuit broke days after Cuomo publicly acknowledged his axing on Twitter, expressing regret for his part of the scandal – but still asserting that he was only helping his brother, who was forced to resign in August to avoid impeachment over the allegations.

Cuomo publicly acknowledged his axing on Twitter, expressing regret for his part of the scandal - but still asserting that he was only helping his brother, who was forced to resign in August to avoid impeachment over the allegations

Cuomo publicly acknowledged his axing on Twitter, expressing regret for his part of the scandal – but still asserting that he was only helping his brother, who was forced to resign in August to avoid impeachment over the allegations 

‘This is not how I want my time at CNN to end,’ he tweeted Saturday evening. ‘But, I have already told you why and how I helped my brother.’

‘So let me now say as disappointing as this is, I could not be more proud of the team at Cuomo Prime Time and the work we did as CNN’s #1 show in the most competitive time slot.’

He added that he owes his team and ‘will miss that group of special people who did really important work’ as he also fights off a historic sexual misconduct claim.  

Cuomo joined CNN as a field anchor in February 2013 following stints at ABC and Fox News. After rising through the ranks, he was tapped in March 2018 to host Cuomo Prime Time.

Host Don Lemon, who is facing scrutiny for his own alleged ethics scandal, went on-air during the network’s deliberations of Cuomo to call the ex-host one of the ‘nicest people’ he’d ever met. 

Meanwhile, Lemon was slammed Monday for covering Jussie Smollett’s ongoing hoax attack trial on his late-night show after he allegedly informed the Empire star he was being investigated by police.

Smollett testified in court Monday that Lemon warned him Chicago police did not believe he was the victim of a racist homophobic attack.

The actor claims Lemon’s tip was key in his decision not to hand his phone records over to police.  

Lemon was slammed Monday for covering Jussie Smollett's ongoing hoax attack trial on his late-night show after he allegedly informed the actor he was being investigated by police

Lemon was slammed Monday for covering Jussie Smollett’s ongoing hoax attack trial on his late-night show after he allegedly informed the actor he was being investigated by police

Smollett (left) testified in court Monday that Lemon (right) warned him Chicago police did not believe he was the victim of a racist homophobic attack

Smollett (left) testified in court Monday that Lemon (right) warned him Chicago police did not believe he was the victim of a racist homophobic attack 

Lemon didn’t mention it on his show Monday night during a minutes-long segment with reporter Omar Jiminez, who had been at the trial.

Instead, the pair discussed the day’s events almost in their entirety without mentioning the text Smollett said Lemon sent him.

There was no comment from the network on Monday evening about what Smollett had testified.

Lemon is also being sued by a Hamptons bartender who claims he rubbed his own genitals then shoved his fingers in his face in 2018.  

Rogan’s commentary about the hosts should come as no surprise to the network, as the podcaster has taken aim at CNN several times before, most notably earlier this year when the network claimed that he took ‘horse dewormer’ ivermectin while battling COVID-19 in September.

CNN refused to apologize to the podcaster, saying: ‘The only thing CNN did wrong here was bruise the ego of a popular podcaster who pushed dangerous conspiracy theories and risked the lives of millions of people in doing so.’

The network criticized Rogan for promoting the anti-parasitic medication, along with other treatments prescribed by doctors, to fight his COVID infection.

Rogan had fired back at the news outlet for not specifying that he took the version of ivermectin prescribed for human use rather, than the version used for livestock. 

Regardless, Lemon denied the network ‘lied’ in their coverage of Rogan’s treatment and instead slammed the entertainer for promoting a drug that hadn’t been approved as a COVID-19 treatment. 


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