UPDATE – On the morning of Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022, the President of CNN, Jeff Zucker, resigned amidst news about his own inappropriate relationship with a colleague. The National Pulse article that follows was originally published on December 30th, 2021 and was entitled: "CNN Has An Institutional Sex Problem and It's Time for Answers." You can support our prescient work by clicking here. The original article follows below:
With a second CNN staffer under investigation for alleged sex crimes involving children, 2021 could define the network’s freefall under repeated sexual scandals. Instead of investigating their own employees’ culture of sexual abuse, harassment, and even alleged pedophilia, the network which features in almost every airport in the country appears to be in the throes of diversionary tactics.
CNN has a web page dedicated to stories of celebrities and powerful people accused of sexual impropriety. None of CNN’s own powerful producers, anchors, or leaders are featured on the page. The network does, however, publish questionable content on accused individuals associated with the network. The leading story on disgraced host Matt Lauer describes how his affiliates at NBC feel “betrayed” and “heartbroken” for their longtime friend. Nowhere in the CNN story does the author describe how Lauer allegedly anally raped one of his NBC colleagues.
Due to CNN’s refusal to discuss their myriad internal crises of sexual assault, harassment, and pedophilia, The National Pulse has compiled a list of some of the CNN and CNN-affiliated individuals accused or convicted of sexual crimes and predatory behavior.
Producer Rick Saleeby: solicitation of a minor.
On December 29th, law enforcement in Fairfax County, Virginia, launched a criminal probe into Rick Saleeby.
Saleeby worked as a senior producer for nightly news anchor Jake Tapper, who has scarcely been silent about sex crimes in the past. Tweeting in 2017, Tapper remarked: “if you dont care about sex crimes against children, and how adults get away with it, then i dont know what to say”.
Detectives from the Major Crimes Bureau’s Child Exploitation Squad are in contact with investigative journalism outfit Project Veritas regarding the accusations after Veritas interviewed a woman connected to the producer.
Saleeby became the second CNN producer allegedly connected to serious sexual crimes against children.
Producer John Griffin: federal child sex charges.
CNN producer John Griffin worked “shoulder to shoulder” with former news anchor Chris Cuomo. Cuomo earns his own mention (below) thanks to his work frustrating the attempts of whistleblowers against his sexual harassment-embroiled brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Griffin was only suspended from CNN after news broke of an investigation into his repeated alleged sexual relationships with children as young as nine.
Griffin allegedly paid the mother of one of his youngest known victims $3,000 so he could sexually assault the child. The federal investigation into Griffin includes at least three other victims aged 16, 14, and 13.
The 44-year-old has also allegedly bragged about luring girls as young as 7 years old to his home for “sexual subservience” training. Griffin was arrested after an 18-month investigation into his consistent alleged sexual assault and rape of children.
In April 2010, when Griffin was working at ABC, he tweeted that the network had four stories about people abusing kids. He stated that those he was writing about “suck.”
Griffin and Saleeby have been removed from their positions at CNN as they await trial for the charges leveled against them. It is unclear whether they’ll be re-employed by the network like other parties guilty of heinous sexual behavior.
Jeffrey Toobin: wanker.
CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin was initially suspended from the network after openly masturbating on a Zoom call in front of New Yorker and WNYC radio staffers. The New Yorker fired Toobin the following month after an investigation by parent company, Conde Nast. The parent company of WNYC, New York Public Radio, indefinitely banned Toobin from all broadcasts and podcasts.
Just a few months later, however, CNN welcomed Toobin back as the network’s chief legal analyst.
CNN’s President Jeff Zucker is reportedly a “big fan” of Toobin, which is likely the reason for his return to the network.
Being in Zucker’s favor is why many individuals on this list have been able to remain in CNN’s employment.
Chris Cuomo: intimidation of his brother’s sexual harassment victims and more.
CNN’s news anchor Chris Cuomo was recently fired from the network for helping his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, during his political downfall as series of sexual harassment allegations were leveled against him.
As the network raged with false and debunked allegations about Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz, their own staff were covering up for Governor Cuomo against his 13 accusers, many of whom forwent anonymity to speak about their experiences working for and with the elder Cuomo brother.
Chris Cuomo, 13 years his brother’s junior, not only continued to host his brother on the network, but allegedly also protected him from negative reporting. While details continue to come to light, Cuomo the younger also stands accused of privately investigating his brother’s accusers and engaging in intimidation tactics against them.
Originally, Chris Cuomo denied working behind the scenes to impact the case. CNN continued to employee him despite this lie.
A CNN technical director named Charlie Chester and graphics producer Rachelle Hoffman openly compared Andrew Cuomo to convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein. The incident was caught on video by Project Veritas.
Shortly after Chris Cuomo’s firing, a former ABC News colleague came forward with sexual harassment allegations against Chris Cuomo which have yet to be investigated.
News Anchor Don Lemon: drunkenly groping men in bars.
Dustin Hice has turned down three settlement offers since bringing a lawsuit against CNN news anchor Don Lemon. Hice has repeatedly stated that he is not looking for a payday after claiming to be a victim of sexually charged assault (pending lawsuit).
Witnesses to the alleged assault state that they saw Lemon put his hands down the front of his own shorts and “vigorously rubbed his genitalia.”
Lemon then removed his hand and shoved two fingers into Hice’s mustache and around his nose.
The lawsuit has been going on for years, but CNN has never covered the accusations against Lemon, who is notorious for his drunken on-air antics on New Years’ Eve.
Jussie Smollett: received prior warning of investigation from Don Lemon.
Actor Jussie Smollett was recently convicted of staging a hate crime against himself and lying to police. During his trial, Smollett revealed that he had a close relationship with his alleged abuser, which included publicly masturbating with him while high on various narcotics.
In 2019, CNN news anchor Don Lemon texted Smollett, warning him that the Chicago police were aware that Smollett had staged the hoax attack against himself.
Smollett testified in court that Lemon had contacted him, signaling a major conflict of interest for CNN’s journalistic integrity.
Lemon covered Smollett’s trial during his show, but neither he nor any other CNN reporter noted that Lemon had been brought up by name throughout the proceedings.
Is CNN President Jeff Zucker responsible for the networks institutional sex problems?
CNN President Jeff Zucker is known as being a hands-on leader, with CNN employees telling Fox News Digital that “he ain’t leaving” despite tanking ratings and a culture of sexual assault, harassment, and pedophilia within CNN’s newsrooms and productions. Zucker’s behavior and relationships with those on this list have been consistent: he supports them, and remains friends with them, despite their abhorrent behaviors.
Though he’s denied prior knowledge of Matt Lauer’s behavior, which includes allegedly raping a former colleague, that didn’t stop Zucker from inviting Lauer to his 54th birthday party in 2019. He is the reason why public masturbator Jeffrey Toobin was allowed to return to CNN. He’s said nothing of the lawsuit brought against his news anchor, Don Lemon.
Footage of Zucker’s technical director Charlie Chester suggests that the code of silence surrounding known sexual abusers and harassers is part of the norm for CNN employees. Chester has also been caught admitting that CNN has a severe pro-leftist bias. Chester’s statements prove that the network consistently spreads Democrat propaganda, even if the stories are proven false.
CNN clearly supports a culture of institutionally normalized sexual impropriety. With Zucker protecting the likes of Chris Cuomo, Don Lemon, and others for months on end, is it any surprise that CNN started the year in the top rating position for cable news, but can barely scrape 585,000 viewers during primetime less than a year later?