An unnamed CNN insider has reportedly called for the firing of CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter for the alleged role he’d played in covering up disgraced former network president Jeff Zucker’s relationship with one of his high-level underlings.
“The network needs to step up and fire Brian Stelter. He is allegedly our top media reporter – yet he failed to report on the scoop that everyone in the office knew. And if he wants to say he didn’t know, he is truly terrible at his job,” the insider told the Daily Mail late Wednesday.
The Mail’s report emerged hours after Zucker effectively publicly exposed and outed himself with a bombshell resignation letter that sent shock waves through the network.
“As part of the investigation into Chris Cuomo’s tenure at CNN, I was asked about a consensual relationship with my closest colleague, someone I have worked with for more than 20 years. I acknowledged the relationship evolved in recent years. I was required to disclose it when it began but I didn’t. I was wrong. As a result, I am resigning today,” he wrote.
CNN boss Jeff Zucker STEPS DOWN after failing to disclose romantic dalliance with network executive https://t.co/QnJ8rZwvcP
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) February 2, 2022
The investigation pertained to the ouster of former host Chris Cuomo, who was removed after it was discovered that he’d used his position at the network to help his brother, disgraced former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, fight off sexual abuse accusations.
The colleague meanwhile was CNN executive vice president Allison Gollust. In a statement of her own, she claimed that the two had been “close friends” for two decades but that their relationship had “changed during COVID.”
According to reports, however, the relationship preceded the pandemic by years and, in fact, began even before the two had divorced their respective spouses.
“Multiple sources claim CNN president Zucker and the network’s Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Gollust have been involved in a secret romance for more than 10 years, even as they lived in the same Manhattan building on consecutive floors with their former spouses,” the New York Post has reported.
“And as the pair took vacations together, went apartment hunting and going into each other’s hotel rooms for alleged ‘meetings,’ Gollust has spent years lying about their affair, blasting reporters on numerous occasions for being ‘sexist’ by suggesting she was sleeping with her boss.”
The Post’s sources say the alleged affair extends back to their days working at NBC News. Yet Wednesday marked the first day that most of the public had ever heard about it. This, according to the CNN insider, is unacceptable.
“Brian Stelter should be calling his agent to start looking for another job. He’s been Jeff Zucker’s water boy for years and no one believes he didn’t know about all of this,” the insider told the Daily Mail.
“He’s been sitting on his moral high horse doing Jeff’s bidding and ripping Fox and every other media outlet that Jeff tells him to while his ratings crash and burn. Where was he on the biggest story at his own network after chastising everyone else?”
There’s a reason that Fox News host Sean Hannity has frequently referred to Stelter and his on-the-air associate, Oliver Darcy, as “Zucker’s stenographers.”
.@brianstelter You’ve deluded yourself into believing you are a news man. You’re not. You and your creepy assistant Oliver are nothing more than Jeff Zucker’s stenographers…
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) February 16, 2020
Fox News host Tucker Carlson meanwhile refers to them as “the eunuch and the creep.” He too believes Stelter should be given the ax. Darcy as well.
“So what happens next at CNN? Well, for starters, let’s hope to get rid of the eunuch and his weird, pop-eyed accomplice. The two have made a career of trying to kill free speech in this country. No news organization should ever employ people like that. It’s disgraceful,” he said Wednesday on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
The two are notorious for trying to silence and deplatform all non-left-wing dissidents, particularly those at America’s only conservative establishment media outlet, Fox News.
In fact, Stelter, who’s supposed to be a media critic who functions as a check and balance for the press, spends virtually every day talking exclusively about supposed scandals at Fox News, all while ignoring or whitewashing the litany of scandals plaguing CNN.
Wa-Po columnist takes Brian Stelter to woodshed over Chris Cuomo ‘wet kisses,’ calls for CNN probe https://t.co/yPP269DXpk
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) August 10, 2021
And indeed, when murmurs of Zucker’s relationship with Gollust emerged early last month courtesy the gossip website Radar Online, Stelter went on the attack.
“CNN is at the center of its own scandal with its two most senior executives — who made the decision to fire star anchor Chris Cuomo — accused of having a tawdry marriage ending affair,” the site reported on Jan. 4th.
“Multiple sources have confirmed CNN President Jeff Zucker and Allison Gollust, the cable giant’s Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, have been involved in a clandestine romance dating back years.”
That same day, Stelter posted a rant to his daily newsletter attacking Radar Online, claiming they post “nutty” content and that “they aren’t swayed by reality.”
I wrote a mini-rant about how a single gossip site spins up garbage that misleads lots and lots of people pic.twitter.com/5r2S1EVCP8
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) January 4, 2022
Yet a month later, it seems reality has come back around to bite Stelter in the butt …
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