“What started with a whisper… will end with a bombshell” read the tantalizing trailer for the 2019 political drama “Bombshell.” This film depicts the 2016 fall of Roger Ailes at Fox News after Gretchen Carlson sued the media mogul for workplace sexual harassment. Ailes would resign fifteen days later in what was arguably one the biggest media stories of the 2010’s. The film received widespread praise for Charlize Theron’s portrayal of Megyn Kelly, Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson and Margot Robbie depicting a fictitious amalgamation of the various women at Fox News who would also come forward and accuse both Ailes and Fox News at large for fostering a culture of sexual misconduct.
Hollywood now has the material for a salacious sequel and it comes courtesy of CNN. The revelations of the network’s behavior paint a troubling picture at the network claiming to be “The Most Trusted Name in News.” Since Theron’s Golden Globe nomination for her role in Bombshell, CNN has been plagued with various allegations of sexual harassment, an infamous video only suitable for an OnlyFans account and now an arrest of a producer accused of sexually abusing children. It is abundantly clear CNN has a sex problem.
In the case of CNN’s recent debacles, context is crucially important. What happened at Fox News in 2016 changed everything. The downfalls of Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose and Harvey Weinstein all came about after the Roger Ailes scandal. The widespread growth of the #MeToo movement and the creation of Time’s Up! also came later. Celebrities such as Kevin Spacey were exposed for their misconduct. Gretchen Carlson, aided by Megyn Kelly’s admitting that she too was the victim of Ailes’ behavior can be seen as the genesis for these various scandals.
Since July 2016, CNN has reported endlessly on workplace sexual harassment, rape culture, hosted #MeToo advocates and was fearless in its reporting of these scandals. At every turn, the network labeled various politicians and personalities as sexist and misogynistic, including a Supreme Court Justice and the President of the United States. They left no stone unturned, save their own as they bloviated endlessly in their endeavor to portray themselves virtuous.
The list of their scandals includes Jeffrey Toobin, Chris Cuomo, Don Lemon and now, Chris Cuomo’s producer and right-hand man, John Griffin.
What was undoubtedly the most widespread of the stories is the case of Jeffrey Toobin. In October of 2020, CNN’s chief legal analyst was caught masturbating while on a Zoom conference call with colleagues at The New Yorker. While he was fired from his position at the New Yorker, CNN allowed him eight months off. As Newsweek points out, “CNN described his absence as a temporary move made at his request last October. “Jeff Toobin has asked for some time off while he deals with a personal issue, which we have granted,” the company said in a statement at the time.” After returning to CNN, he was given a platform to discuss the experience, make his apologies and continues to provide legal analysis for the network.
Chris Cuomo, now the former host of CNN’s Primetime show is accused of sexual assault. Shelly Ross, a veteran TV journalist and executive producer for both ABC and CBS came forward with sexual assault allegations against Chris Cuomo in a New York Times op ed regarding an incident that took place in 2005. This incident involved Cuomo grabbing Ross on her rear while stating “I can do this now that you’re not my boss.” Cuomo apologized for the behavior in an email sent to Ross later that night, saying “So pass along my apology to your very good and noble husband … and I apologize to you as well, for ever putting you in such a position.” Ross questioned in her op ed whether the apology was sincere or merely a letter that would offer him legal cover should Ross have attempted to litigate the matter. She goes on to recount other situations in which Cuomo acted sexually inappropriate, even involving the high-thigh touching of a gay man he worked with at ABC in order to get a story more coverage, outlined by the New York Post.
Another aspect of Chris Cuomo that never received proper criticism was his own coverage of Jeffrey Epstein. Cuomo told his audience that it was unimportant who associated with Epstein, who was named in his black book, and who traveled to his island with him. As Steven Crowder methodically points out in his podcast (and sources all of his material), Louder with Crowder, Chris Cuomo’s wife appeared in Epstein’s black book and Chris Cuomo attended a movie premier with Jeffrey Epstein in 2010, two months after Epstein was released from jail for serving time for unlawful relations with minors. While associations do not equal culpability, it’s curious that Cuomo would be so bold in his assertions about what matters regarding Epstein.
CNN fired Cuomo this month for helping his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, to navigate allegations of sexual misconduct while simultaneously pretending to cover the story as an objective journalist. Chris even tried digging up dirt on Andrew’s accusers, using CNN’s resources to aid the beleaguered former governor. Chris’ actions are not in the mold of a “one and done” mistake, but rather a pattern of abuse in which he uses his position of power to act with impunity. Had the egregious truth about Chris helping Andrew stayed in the dark, he would be hosting his show to this day. Apparently, it took Jeff Zucker and CNN an unignorable preponderance of evidence to finally do the right thing.
In July of 2019, Don Lemon was accused of sexual harassment by Dustin Hice, who formally sued the anchor over the encounter. The allegations against Lemon are in a word, disgusting.
Hice alleges that while at a bar in the Hampton’s, he approached Lemon cordially and tried to offer him a drink. Lemon was with friends and did not want to be disturbed and Hice complied, leaving him alone. Later that evening, Lemon would approach Hice, allegedly inebriated, inquired if Hice preferred “pussy or dick,” shoved his hand down his own pants, fondles his genitals, then put his fingers in the face of Hice. Hice, while initially suing in 2019 has only recently been willing to speak about the experience. His main interview was with Megyn Kelly.
Don Lemon has denied the encounter and CNN has never taken any action against Lemon. CNN injected itself into Don Lemon’s legal situation by issuing a press statement in defense of Lemon. This is noteworthy because even Bombshell depicted Fox News doing the right thing – an independent investigation into Roger Ailes, which ultimately led to his dismissal. In this case, CNN is protecting its anchor and attempting to squash the story. “The plaintiff in this lawsuit has previously displayed a pattern of contempt for CNN on his social media accounts. This claim follows his unsuccessful threats and demands for an exorbitant amount of money from Don Lemon. Don categorically denies these claims and this matter does not merit any further comment at this time” said CNN to Fox News. CNN is showing deference to its anchor, not respecting the seriousness of the allegations or the legal process.
In the most disturbing of events, on December 10th, John Griffin, a producer who worked directly with Chris Cuomo at CNN was arrested for enticing underage girls into sexual activity. A statement from the Justice Department reads:
On these communication platforms, Griffin sought to persuade parents to allow him to train their daughters to be sexually submissive. In June of 2020, Griffin advised a mother of 9- and 13-year-old daughters that the mother’s responsibility was to see that her older daughter was “trained properly.” Griffin later transferred over $3,000 to the mother for plane tickets so the mother and her 9-year-old daughter could fly from Nevada to Boston’s Logan airport. The mother and child flew to Boston in July of 2020, where Griffin picked them up in his Tesla and drove them to his Ludlow house. At the house, the daughter was directed to engage in, and did engage in, unlawful sexual activity.
CNN has since suspended Griffin pending further investigation, noting that it takes these allegations “very seriously”. This story is still developing.
With all of these allegations and proof of misconduct, “Bombshell Part 2” would make its predecessor look pretty PG-13.
Bombshell made double its budget at the box office for its sensationalized portrayal of real-life events. However, this potential blockbuster sequel—Chris Hemsworth as Chris Cuomo, Chadwick Boseman as Don Lemon and Mark Ruffalo portraying Jeffrey Toobin—will likely never see the big screen. These actors as well as those who write for them are confined to the leftist politics of Hollywood and lack the bravery to take on their pals in legacy media.
This also points out a broader problem with Hollywood and media alike – the lack of accountability. They pounce on scripts like Bombshell, Vice, Milk and W. because those portray real-life Republicans in a negative light and the Democrats as holding the virtue. They then use their friends in the media to prop up the movies. The current scandals surrounding CNN and the past stories such as Harvey Weinstein’s abuse, Hunter Biden’s laptop or allegations of sexual misconduct against President Joe Biden remain undeveloped and will likely stay that way for decades.
Hollywood writers might contest that they have created shows that loosely point out the history of Democrats shameful behavior such as Scandal, House of Cards and the Morning Show, which depict elements found in the stories of the Clintons and Matt Lauers of the world. But rarely do they chronicle the corruption and misconduct of politicians and personalities in the factual way they did with Fox News and Roger Ailes. With “Impeachment: American Crime Story” debuting this Fall, the story of former President Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky is finally finding the big screen… almost 30 years later, after Hillary lost the presidency and they are both essentially retired.
The reason for this lack of coverage is because the media and Hollywood are all in bed with each other. Harvey Weinstein was lauded by the Clintons. Charlie Rose’s show featured Barack Obama 11 times. Matt Lauer was one of the most beloved political TV personalities in the business, consistently favoring Democrat political leaders. When Bombshell was released, Theron was invited on CNN for an interview to discuss her experience in “becoming” Megyn Kelly.
The stories of these other media men are on par and at times much worse than the likes of Roger Ailes. Will they ever be depicted by Hollywood with such scrutiny? The only hope for such films comes from independent entities. Daily Wire should consider making its own “Bombshell” to give these hypocrites a taste of their own medicine.
CNN, with the help of legacy media and in cahoots with Hollywood, made the rules they now refuse to live by. While on a constant mission to cancel whomever they wish, their refusal to look in the mirror and take stock of their own culture is abominable. It is no wonder why their network has suffered a ratings collapse. Their hypocrisy is identical to Hollywood’s. They are quite literally a match made in sexual sin.
America deserves a Bombshell sequel. Who out there is brave enough to write it?