CNN is not having a good week. As a scandal at the highest level continues to unfold, news of a former employee’s own brush with the law made headlines — what’s next for the leftist news outlet?
Leon Harris, a former CNN anchor, was caught allegedly trying to flee the scene of an accident he caused Saturday while under the influence of alcohol, the Daily Caller reported. Harris was arrested with a blood alcohol count twice the legal limit.
Harris rear-ended a vehicle causing a chain reaction collision with a third driver on a Montgomery County, Maryland, road. As police arrived, Harris attempted to leave but was blocked.
A breathalyzer confirmed he was intoxicated and Harris, who is currently an anchor for the NBC affiliate in Washington, D.C., was slapped with six misdemeanors. Charges include two counts of attempting to leave the scene of an accident as well as others for evading police and driving drunk.
No one was injured in the crash, but Harris will not return on-air until an investigation into the matter is completed. This is the second DUI for Harris though his last charge occurred in 2013.
This is just the latest in a series of mishaps and scandals for the network. CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker announced he would step down Wednesday after it was revealed that he was having a years-long affair with an employee, CNN reported.
He was forced to cop to the relationship during the investigation of another network scandal involving CNN anchor Chris Cuomo. The “Cuomo Prime Time” star was allegedly counseling his brother, then-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, on how best to evade his sexual misconduct charges.
Though Harris has not worked for the network in decades, it’s important to note that there appears to be systemic rot in the culture at CNN. Perhaps it’s time to rethink their tagline that they’re the “most trusted name in news” when several of their employees are anything but trustworthy.