Amid the high-profile – and indeed embarrassing – recent departures at CNN of anchor Chris Cuomo, president Jeff Zucker, and top-ranking executive Allison Gollust, the network’s continued collapse now seems all but inevitable, at least according to Tiana Lowe of the Washington Examiner.
During an appearance on Fox News’ Watters’ World, Lowe addressed the question of whether the trio of former high-flyers were likely to “burn the place down” in the wake of their respective ousters, and the Examiner commentator did not mince words, indicating that recent developments at the network were “just the beginning.”
Lowe went on to suggest that in her estimation, what is known so far about the scandals swirling at the beleaguered network is likely just the tip of the iceberg, and more is almost certain to emerge in the near future.
“We never found out exactly what the Russians had on Trump, but it looks like we’re finding out right now what Chris Cuomo and who knows how many other CNN staffers have on Jeff Zucker,” Lowe quipped.
According to Lowe, the decline and fall of former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo – brother to the aforementioned Chris Cuomo – was the “one domino to fall” that initiated a cascade of calamities that she thinks is only just getting started.
Though Chris Cuomo was subjected to an initial suspension from network duties over claims he leveraged journalistic contacts to discredit those who accused his brother of sexual misconduct, it was revealed this week that his firing was, in fact, the result of an accusation that he himself engaged in sexual assault.
For their parts, Zucker and Gollust were essentially forced out of the network fold over their mutual involvement in a romantic relationship, the existence of which many have speculated was raised by Cuomo in efforts to obtain millions of dollars he believes he is still contractually owed.
All of this intrigue, according to Lowe, is nowhere near finished, despite the recent exit of all three players from the daily operations of the network, with the commentator declaring, “Chris Cuomo isn’t going to let this go, Gollust isn’t going to let this go, and, Lord knows Jeff Zucker – he excels at this, setting networks on fire and leaving them for ruin.”
Lowe predicts that media watchers are now poised to witness a “three-way firing squad” at the network “where no one’s going to come out alive,” and with any luck, folks like Don Lemon, Jake Tapper, and Brian Stelter will join their former colleagues out on the metaphorical street very soon.