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Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz believes that CNN President Jeff Zucker should have been the one fired on Saturday, not former anchor Chris Cuomo and he hopes that Cuomo gets his full $18 million in a potential lawsuit coming down the pike.
After being terminated and Zucker coming out against Cuomo, the former talking head is said to be prepping a whopper of a lawsuit against the network. Cuomo contends there’s $18 to $20 million left on his contract with CNN and he wants his due. The pundit was ostensibly fired over unethically helping his brother via journalistic contacts and for a separate allegation of sexual misconduct that was brought to light by a former colleague at another network.
Dershowitz appeared on Newsmax’s Spicer & Friends to defend Chris Cuomo and shred Zucker.
“Not a single CNN viewer was misled by Chris Cuomo’s activities on behalf of his brother,” he claimed on Newsmax. “Everyone knew he was a loyal brother first, and that he would put his love for his brother before any commitment to objectively — as if CNN ever has such a commitment when it comes to politics.”
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“The person who should be fired is Jeff Zucker,” proclaimed Dershowitz, who is also suing CNN for $300 million for allegedly depicting him as an “intellectual who had lost his mind.”
“Jeff Zucker has destroyed that network,” he declared. “Turned it into an advocacy network, turned it into a network where friends get favors and enemies get attacked.”
“Zucker was trying to get the ratings up of the nine o’clock show. They were plummeting. and so he put on the love fest between Chris and Andrew,” Dershowitz commented.
“They loved it,” he noted. “It raised the ratings. So not only did Zucker know, he encouraged it. So there’s no way in which Chris Cuomo misled CNN. CNN was responsible for the decision to keep him on the air.”
“It was Zucker’s decision to make, not Cuomo’s decision. And so of course, it’s a completely airtight defense I think for Cuomo, I think he’s gonna get his $18 million and I bless him for going forward and trying to hold CNN responsible for malpractice and reporting breaking contracts and applying a double standard. You know, I hope that Chris wins and I hope that Zucker gets fired. He ought to get fired. He is the one who caused this problem,” Dershowitz stated.
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Dershowitz also doesn’t believe that Cuomo’s conflict of interest in regard to his brother was an actual point of contention. He asserted that no one with an “IQ over 20” could honestly believe that Cuomo could cover his brother’s challenges in an objective manner.
“I would love any of your viewers to write me an email or write you an email saying, ‘Oh gee, we really thought Chris Cuomo was a completely objective reporter when it came to Andrew Cuomo and we were shocked – gambling in Casablanca?! Oh my god. We are shocked.’ Nobody was shocked,” he bluntly posited.
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