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    As news broke Tuesday that CNN anchor Chris Cuomo had been suspended indefinitely, more details emerged about his unpopularity at the network. Multiple reports noted that Cuomo’s actions to help defend his brother, the scandal-plagued former Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY), had left some of his colleagues at CNN “infuriated” that the network had not taken action. The Daily Beast reported: The people with knowledge of the situation said CNN boss Jeff Zucker had felt serious heat from infuriated talent, including Jake Tapper, over the last 24 hours and acted to yank Cuomo off the air while the review is carried out. Earlier this year, Tapper told The New York Times that Cuomo’s actions had “put us in a bad spot.” CNN media reporters Brian Stelter and Oliver Darcy also reported Tuesday night that staffers within the network “expressed dismay” over his actions. The Beast added “that Cuomo had become incredibly unpopular.” A CNN insider further said of staffers’ sentiments at the network, saying, “I don’t know anyone who likes him.” On Monday, transcripts of depositions and text messages were...
    CNN’s Jake Tapper pressed National Economic Council director Brian Deese Sunday over the impact of inflation on American families. Tapper brought up comments from both Deese and President Joe Biden talking about inflation in June as a short-term issue. “Do you think that you and the president were wrong and inflation is not a short-term ‘pop up a little bit and go back down’ issue?” the CNN anchor asked. “No, I don’t think so, Jake,” Deese responded. He said the pandemic and economy are interlinked and argued there’s an economic impact of more people “consuming goods at him, watching TV rather than buying a new television, rather than going out to the movies and spending on services.” We’re seeing these price increases, this inflation globally because of the supply chain challenges associated with covid. That’s why we’re going right at attacking those issues right now as well. In the very immediate term we’re working with ports around the country to get goods moving more quickly through the economy and this infrastructure bill, the bipartisan bill that the president will sign...
    CNN’s Jake Tapper beat MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace in the advertiser-coveted 25-54 age demographic on Monday. Tapper and Wallace both host two-hour shows in the afternoon from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The CNN anchor drew 148,000 viewers in the demo, while his MSNBC rival drew just 110,000 for her show Deadline: White House. Still, Wallace more than doubled Tapper in total viewers. Deadline pulled in 1.3 million viewers, while Tapper’s The Lead drew 625,000 viewers. Neil Cavuto and The Five on Fox News handily beat both Wallace and Tapper, no matter how to slice it. Here is a full breakdown of Monday’s cable news ratings by show: Total Viewers (thousands) ET FNC CNN MSNBC NEWSMAX NEWSNATION 6a FOX AND FRIENDS: 1059 NEW DAY: 275 MORNING JOE: 807 DIAMOND AND SILK CRYSTAL: 8 MURDER, SHE WROTE: 38 7a FOX AND FRIENDS: 1607 NEW DAY: 337 — WAKE UP AMERICA: 103 MORNING IN AMERICA: 14 8a FOX AND FRIENDS: 1863 NEW DAY: 425 — — — 9a AMERICAS NEWSROOM: 1796 CNN...
    A Veteran’s Day fundraiser has bidders vying for half-hour video calls with CNN anchors, actors and comedians as well as signed and novelty items. There are still seven days left in the Home For Our Troops fundraiser and 138 items to bid on – like an Armani suit that was made for and worn by CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer currently going for $165.50. As of Sunday morning, a 30 minute Zoom call with CNN’s Anderson Cooper was going for $630 while the same call with his colleague Brian Stelter was going for only $57. Jake Tapper, who cleverly decided to pair his call with actor Paul Rudd, is heavily leading his fellow CNN correspondents and anchors with his highest bid coming in at a whopping $1,975.  The top selling item of the fundraiser so far is George Clooney's Omega Speedmaster 50th Anniversary Silver Snoopy Award Watch for $13,100. Another top selling item are 2 Tickets to a Future Marvel Film Premiere which has 68 bids already, the top of which is at $7,850. The 5th Annual Veterans Day Celebrity Auction,...
    CNN anchor Jake Tapper pressed Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), a progressive, on the infighting among House Democrats in trying to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the larger social spending reconciliation bill. The House of Representatives was scheduled to pass both on Friday, sending the bipartisan bill to President Joe Biden to sign into law and the reconciliation bill to the Senate. Moderates have said they would not vote for the larger bill until it is scored by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Tapper mentioned that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) “just announced she had adopted a proposal from the Congressional Black Caucus and the proposal looks like this: There will be a vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill and a vote on the rule to allow a vote later on the Build Back Better Act than in the intervening time, seven to 10 days perhaps, the Congressional Budget Office would finish analyzing the Build Back Better Act.” “That could take 7 to 10 days, as I said,” continued Tapper. “Then there would be a vote on the Build Back Better Act with the expectation the moderates will vote for it, if the CBO analysis matches what the White House...
    Jake Tapper was openly skeptical of protesters who crashed a wedding because Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) was a guest, asking his panel if they thought the protesters really expected their tactics to successfully convince Sinema to support President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda. Sinema, along with fellow moderate Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), has drawn progressives’ ire over their objections to the multi-trillion dollar price tag of the spending bill, as well as some of the specific agenda items in the legislation. Tapper introduced a clip of the protesters, noting that Sinema had confirmed that the video was real. In the video, the mother of the bride tearfully pleads with the protesters to “please just go down to the corner for one hour, please.” She even expresses sympathy and solidarity with the protesters’ cause, but begs them to please stop disrupting the wedding. The newly married couple were “not a political couple at all,” said Tapper, but the bride was friends with Sinema and had invited her. Tapper asked his panel what they thought about the protesters’ tactics. “Do people like...
    CNN's Jake Tapper on Monday expressed astonishment at a new survey from the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) that found most Republican voters believe the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald Trump. While discussing the report, Tapper brought on PRRI CEO Robert P. Jones and asked him to comment on why white evangelical Christians are the only major religious group in the country that believes Trump actually won the election. "They're all in for Trump," he said. "They believe this... this is a religion that not that long ago talked about itself as the moral values of the country, that kind of, 'turn the other cheek,' and all that stuff. And yet here we are, a major mainstream religion that's been all in for Trump, and we have among those who believe the election was stolen, which is most of them, nearly 4 in 10 saying they can imagine it being justified to resort to violence." Tapper then turned to some of the even wilder conspiracy theories that a significant minority of Americans believe. "One in six believe...
    CNN’s Jake Tapper took the unusual step on Friday of giving a shout out to his time-slot rival Neil Cavuto, praising the Fox News host’s pro-vaccine messaging and denouncing the death threats he had received from viewers. Cavuto, who is immunocompromised as a cancer survivor with multiple sclerosis, was briefly off the air after he tested positive for Covid-19. In a remote appearance, Cavuto expressed gratitude that he had been vaccinated because it made his illness significantly less severe and he urged his viewers to put politics aside and “please get vaccinated.” Unfortunately, not everyone watching responded positively to Cavuto’s message, and he received mean tweets and even death threats. Cavuto was undeterred and continued to encourage people to get the Covid-19 vaccine. “A quick note from us here at The Lead,” said Tapper near the end of the first hour of his show, “We don’t often mention our competitors, but the Fox channel anchor opposite us from 4:00 until 5:00 Eastern, Neil Cavuto, has been in the news.” “We just wanted take a moment to say a couple things about...
    CNN anchor Jake Tapper, who prides himself as a champion for the truth and has called for more "fact-allegiant leaders," offered free publicity for Florida conspiracy theorist Rebekah Jones.  Jones, a former state health official in Florida, became a media darling last year during the coronavirus pandemic over her explosive claim that she was pressured by the DeSantis administration to alter the state's data in order to push for reopening. But reporting in May from National Review thoroughly debunked her allegations.  The fired state employee, who is facing felony cybercrime charges for allegedly hacking a state messaging service, has since launched a congressional bid to unseat Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., which earned valuable airtime on Wednesday's installment of "The Lead." CNN HEAVILY PROMOTED REBEKAH JONES' FAKE CONSPIRACY ACCUSING DESANTIS ADMIN OF ALTERING COVID DATA "In our politics lead, a race to watch and next year's midterm elections," Tapper began the report. "Florida's first congressional district… has been solidly red since 1992. Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz holds a seat. He is, of course, now facing potential legal troubles and a challenger...
    CNN host Jake Tapper has accused Republican politicians of attempting to exploit the fatal shooting on the set an Alec Baldwin movie to score political points with 'cruel' jokes about the incident. Tapper made the remarks at the end of his show State of the Union on Sunday, pointing to tweets criticizing Baldwin from Senate candidate JD Vance and Rep. Lauren Boebert. Baldwin, an outspoken progressive who has often called for stricter gun control laws, accidentally shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on a New Mexico film set on Thursday, after he was apparently handed a prop gun loaded with live rounds.  Tapper said that the tragedy was 'heartbreaking, for normal people' but that 'there's something about our politics right now that is driving people away from our shared humanity.' Our politics is driving people away from our shared humanity, says @jaketapper, as a Republican candidate attempts to exploit the terrible tragedy on the set of Alec Baldwin’s film, for political gain.For some Republican leaders, cruelty is a feature, not a bug, he says. pic.twitter.com/GTFls3ZzHk— State of the Union (@CNNSotu)...
    CNN anchor Jake Tapper devoted a portion of his “State of the Union” broadcast Sunday to blast Republicans for mocking actor Alec Baldwin in the wake of the shooting that left cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, dead. Tapper went on to lament how politics is “driving people away from our shared humanity” after calling the incident “heartbreaking for normal people.”  (RELATED: My Heart Is Broken’: Alec Baldwin Speaks Out After Killing Woman With Prop Gun On Set) WATCH:   Tapper specifically called out Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado and Republican  Ohio Senate candidate J.D. Vance for their response in the wake of the shooting. “Republican Congresswoman Lauren Boebert of Colorado apparently spent some time and did some digging and found a Baldwin tweet from 2014 about the ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ movement,” Tapper stated. “Baldwin is not only a progressive, but very aggressive and outspoken about liberal issues, including gun control,” he added. Tapper’s greatest criticism, however, was reserved for Vance. Calling the Ohio Senate race the “fear factor of American politics,” Tapper accused the candidates in that race...
    CNN host Jake Tapper used the last few minutes of his State of the Union broadcast on Sunday to unload on the conversative politicians who saw opportunity in the tragic death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of Alec Baldwin’s movie Rust last week. Noting that Hutchins was a “rising star” in her field who left behind a husband and young son, Tapper said, “Heartbreaking, for normal people. But there’s something about our politics right now that is driving people away from our shared humanity.” He pointed to Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) who “apparently did some digging” and found a 2014 tweet from Baldwin about guns that she turned into a joke at his expense. “The Colorado congresswoman thought it was funny to exploit ‘hands up, don’t shoot,’ to make a joke at the expense of Baldwin,” Tapper said. “But more importantly, really to make a joke at the expense of Halyna Hutchins and her husband Matthew and their son Andres.” “More disappointing,” Tapper added, was a tweet from Republican Ohio Senate candidate J.D. Vance, who jokingly demanded that...
    CNN’s Jake Tapper blasted Republicans for their joyful exploitation of the tragic shooting incident involving Alec Baldwin on the set of the film, Rust. Last week, the actor was rehearsing a scene for the film when he fired a prop gun that held a live round. The shot killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza. The incident is under investigation, though reports and court documents have suggested Baldwin was told the gun was safe to use before he fired it. The actor has also shared his “shock and sadness” over the accident. Tapper spoke about the tragedy in his closing monologue of State of the Union, commenting on the “heartbreak” surrounding Hutchins’ tragic death. “But there is something about our politics right now that is driving people away from our shared humanity,” he lamented. From there, Tapper called out Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (R-CO), GOP Senate candidate JD Vance, and other Republicans seizing upon the incident to crack political jokes at Baldwin’s expense. He also accused them of insensitively disregarding the sadness that Hutchins’ family is currently going through....
    CNN host Jake Tapper was asked Friday on "New Day" about Marjorie Taylor Greene's reported meltdown on the House floor and said she had "issues." With the caveat that he is not in any way a mental health expert or psychologist, the "State of the Union" host speculated that Greene may have mental health problems. Speaking with hosts John Berman and Brianna Keilar, Tapper first stated that Greene is not an "outlier" when it comes to aligning herself with Donald Trump's conspiracy theories before the CNN host turned to Thursday's outburst. "It's not really a screaming match, right?" Tapper began. "Congressman Raskin and Congresswoman Cheney are talking on the floor and, according to my sources, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Congresswoman Greene goes over to them and she starts screaming at them." "And, look, I'm not a licensed psychologist, I don't know her, but her behavior suggests somebody that has real issues, that is not tethered to reality or basic standards of decent behavior," Tapper suggested. "We have seen video of her screaming at David Hogg from the Parkland High School after...
    Jake Tapper blasted Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) for her House floor tirade, suggesting she has “real issues.” On Thursday, Greene and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) got into a brief yet heated screaming match on the House floor during the Steve Bannon criminal contempt vote. Tapper, however, did not view it as a “screaming match,” explaining that, “Congressman [Jamie Raskin] and Congresswoman Cheney are talking on the floor and, according to my sources, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Congresswoman Greene goes over to them and she starts screaming at them.” “And, look, I’m not a licensed psychologist, I don’t know her, but her behavior suggests somebody that has real issues, that is not tethered to reality or basic standards of decent behavior,” Tapper added while on Friday’s edition of New Day. “We have seen video of her screaming at David Hogg from the Parkland High School after the shooting; this is before she was a congresswoman.” Tapper went on to note that Greene and Cheney represent the two sides of the Republican Party, questioning which fraction they ultimately looking to emulate. “You have Marjorie...
    Transportation Secretary Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegSunday shows preview: Supply chain crisis threaten holiday sales; uncertainty over whether US can sustain nationwide downward trend in COVID-19 cases Buttigieg hits back after parental leave criticism: 'Really strange' The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by The Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations - US opens to vaccinated visitors as FDA panel discusses boosters MORE on Sunday said supply chain issues could continue into next year as many companies continue to struggle with disruptions. CNN's "State of the Union" host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperEthics watchdog accuses Psaki of violating Hatch Act CNN's Kasie Hunt had a benign brain tumor removed Jake Tapper blasts Sacklers after lawyers complain about CNN segment MORE noted that Moody's recently warned that supply chain issues would "get worse before they get better." He asked Buttigieg whether he agreed with that notion and if Americans should prepare for such an outcome. "Well, certainly, a lot of the challenges that we have been experiencing this year will continue into next year," Buttigieg said. "But there are both short-term and long-term...
    CNN’s Jake Tapper confronted Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on why he didn’t appoint a subordinate to oversee the department while he was on paternity leave. Buttigieg spoke to Tapper on State of the Union, where he fielded questions about the country’s supply chain crises and the Biden administration’s attempts to get their stalled infrastructure agenda through Congress. At one point in the conversation, Tapper asked Buttigieg to respond to the mockery he has drawn from Fox News’ Tucker Carlson and others for taking leave after he and his husband, Chasten, announced the birth of their adopted twins. Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg says America need both pieces of spending legislation Democrats are currently debating in Congress. "America needs both of those…not only to make sure we have the right infrastructure but to make sure life gets better in this country." pic.twitter.com/kvzi8D5zWU — State of the Union (@CNNSotu) October 17, 2021 Buttigieg has previously responded to Carlson’s mockery, and he once again offered an unapologetic retort. As you might imagine, we are bottle-feeding and doing it at all hours...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki described the unprecedented inflation Friday as “a good thing,” arguing that it means “more people are buying goods … increasing the demand.” Psaki appeared on CNN’s “The Lead,” where she was asked if White House chief of staff Ronald Klain’s retweet of a claim that inflation and supply chain snarls were “high class problems” was “tone-deaf.” Jen Psaki Defends Rising Prices: ‘Good Thing’ Because it Means ‘More People are Buying Goods’ pic.twitter.com/IaKVYVSCbR — Jason Rantz on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) October 15, 2021 “[D]oesn’t it seem tone deaf to say that rising prices and empty grocery store shelves are high class problems? Isn’t that a bit dismissive?” CNN anchor Jake Tapper asked his guest. “Well, that’s not exactly what the tweet said, nor the retweet of the original tweet, which is what we’re talking about here,” Psaki said in response. The White House press secretary then went on to tout the decreasing unemployment rate, adding that gasoline prices were low during the pandemic “because nobody was driving.” “Now, more people have jobs. More people...
    CNN host Jake Tapper grilled White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Friday over White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain endorsing a tweet by a former senior Obama economic adviser stating that current economic problems are “high class problems.” Jason Furman, who served as chair of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Barack Obama, tweeted on Wednesday, “Most of the economic problems we’re facing (inflation, supply chains, etc.) are high class problems. We wouldn’t have had them if the unemployment rate was still 10 percent. We would instead have had a much worse problem.” Most of the economic problems we’re facing (inflation, supply chains, etc.) are high class problems. We wouldn’t have had them if the unemployment rate was still 10 percent. We would instead have had a much worse problem. — Jason Furman (@jasonfurman) October 14, 2021 Klain retweeted Furman and added, “This,” followed by two down-pointed finger emojis. This ???????? https://t.co/ymh53nEHAg — Ronald Klain (@WHCOS) October 14, 2021 “Inflation is skyrocketing, as I don’t need to tell you. The prices for home heating costs, cars, groceries, furniture, rent,...
    THE DAILY NEWSLETTER – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2021   MEDIA WINNER: Jake Tapper Jake Tapper went full Jake Tapper Thursday afternoon in what was a delightfully informative and entertaining explanation of the Sackler family’s role in the opioid crisis that has gripped the nation over the past decade or so, all under the clever guise of making a clarification that the Sacklers demanded. Tapper opened the segment with the latest grim statistics in America’s opioid crisis, with the pharmaceutically-induced death toll a pretext to bring up the Sacklers, the opioid barons who profited billions of dollars off of the opioid crisis and the subject matter of a new show on Hulu, Dopesick. Tapper interviewed producers of the show on a previous episode, which raised the ire of the Sacklers — who insisted that Tapper clarify that they have not been charged with any crimes. “The Sackler family has not faced any criminal charges,” he said. “And the Sacklers are right. This is an important point for us to make clear for you to understand. The Sacklers have not been...
    Jake Tapper went full Jake Tapper Thursday afternoon in what was a delightfully informative and entertaining explanation of the Sackler family’s role in the opioid crisis that has gripped the nation over the past decade or so, all under the clever guise of making a clarification that the Sacklers demanded. Tapper opened the segment by calling Wednesday a “big day in America’s hideous opioid epidemic.” He then reported how the CDC announced that the highest 12-month total yet of drug overdoses in the U.S., 96,000 dead Americans according to preliminary data, a 30% increase from the previous year. “The primary driver of this all was, of course, opioids,” noted before adding news that a federal judge “allowed work to continue on a very controversial bankruptcy and settlement plan for Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of the opioid oxycontin.” This was all pretext to bring up the Sackler Family, who are the Opioid barons who profited billions of dollars off of the opioid crisis, the subject matter of a new show on Hulu, called Dopesick. Tapper interviewed producers of the show on...
    CNN anchor Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul Tapper'Battered on trust, doubted on leadership': A 'brutal' poll for Biden shows no easy fix Overnight Defense & National Security — Pentagon chiefs to Congress: Don't default Senate poised to stave off debt crisis MORE blasted members of the Sackler family after their lawyers reportedly contacted the network and complained about how it covered the premier of a documentary series that accuses it of criminal behavior relative to the Opioid crisis in America.  "We here at CNN heard from attorneys representing the Sacklers. They took issue with a banner we ran that reflected this sentiment from writer Danny Strong about the purpose of the show Dopesick," Tapper said.  Tapper then played a clip of Strong, a showrunner on a new Hulu series focusing on the epidemic and the Sacklers alleged role in it from an appearance on his show on Wednesday. The Department of Justice (DOJ) moved to block Purdue Pharma’s controversial bankruptcy deal that shields members of the Sackler family from being sued in future opioid-related lawsuits. Under a proposed settlement, members of the Sackler family would give up...
    "She struck me as cheerful, open, a bit too much a resident of Planet Hap-Hap-Happy in my acerbic view. A little bizarre in her almost childlike sweetness—it was tough to juxtapose her almost giddy warmth with the gravity of the places she had visited, like Bosnia—but she was from both L.A. and money, so her unusualness had a context," Tapper wrote. The @MonicaLewinsky-@JakeTapper date as portrayed on Tuesday night’s episode of @ACSFX Impeachment: American Crime… https://t.co/S5izq3R7mt — Brent Baker (@Brent Baker) 1633540598.0
    CNN anchor Jake Tapper awkwardly disclosed to his viewers of the "G-rated" date he had with Monica Lewinsky, which was depicted in the FX series about the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.  During an interview on Tuesday, Tapper plugged Lewinsky's HBO Max documentary "15 Minutes of Shame" and "Impeachment: American Crime Story," both of which she produced.  "First of all, Monica, yes, I have to disclose, full disclosure, in tonight's episode our G-rated date from December 1997," Tapper began. MONICA LEWINSKY REVEALS WHICH SCENES ‘EXTREMELY TRIGGERED’ HER IN ‘IMPEACHMENT’ SERIES ABOUT CLINTON AFFAIR "Our one date," Lewinsky playfully stressed. "Our one date from 1997 is portrayed, I should note, by an actor way better looking than me now or then," Tapper added.  Hours later, the fifth episode in the "Impeachment" series aired, which began with Tapper's 1997 encounter with Lewinsky.  The scene shows Tapper, played by actor Chris Riggi, sitting at a bar with a friend at a D.C. Mexican restaurant and quickly eyes Lewinsky, played by actress Beanie Feldstein, sitting alone at a table.  MONICA LEWINSKY RECALLS CLINTON'S ‘LETHAL...
    CNN anchor Jake Tapper called new poll numbers for President Biden "brutal" on Wednesday.  Quinnipiac University released its results from its latest survey which show Biden's approval numbers underwater. The president’s approval rating is at 38%, down from 42% last month. The survey, which was conducted Oct. 1-4, also showed disapproval of the president rising from 50% up to 53%. For his first six months in the White House, the president's approval rating stayed around the low to mid 50s. But since his handling of the turbulent U.S. exit from Afghanistan, his approval numbers began to decline. In addition to his handling of withdrawing U.S. forces from Afghanistan, a growing number of Americans are disapproving of Biden's handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the surge of migrants illegally crossing the southern border.  MCCARTHY ON BIDEN’S SPENDING PLANS: ‘YOU CAN’T INVEST FOR YOUR CHILDREN’S FUTURE’ UNDER DEMS’ INITIATIVES  "These new poll numbers are frankly brutal for the president," Tapper said during his CNN show "The Lead." Though Tapper insisted that he’s not a "liberal Democrat" and is not "advocating that Joe...
    CNN ANCHOR Jake Tapper keeps busy with his main role on the news station, while he also hosts The Lead with Jake Tapper and co-hosts State of the Union. Tapper became a household name when he joined CNN in January 2013 but has recently been in the news for his past relationship with Monica Lewinsky. 2CNN anchor Jake Tapper is a household name for his reporting and published books.Credit: Getty Who is Jake Tapper? Jake Tapper, 52-years-old, focused on public relations and politics when he graduated from Dartmouth College in 1991 before becoming a freelance journalist. His first full time reporter position was for The Washington City newspaper, and made moved up in his career, with the publication of his first cover story, I Dated Monica Lewinsky, in 1998. Over the course of his career, Tapper penned books including Down and Dirty: The Plot to Steal the Presidency and The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor. He is also known for his interview with Kellyanne Conway in 2018 which ran 25 minutes without breaks instead of the 10 minutes...
    JAKE Tapper once went on a "G-rated" date with Monica Lewinsky in 1997, the CNN host recounted on his show yesterday night. Tapper, 52, interviewed Lewinsky, 48, on Tuesday's broadcast of The Lead and opened the segment by offering "full disclosure" about the pair's chance meeting almost 25 years ago. 5Jake Tapper dated Monica Lewinsky in 1997Credit: CNN 5The pair recounted their meeting on CNN on TuesdayCredit: CNN The broadcast came on the same day that Tapper's and Lewinsky's date was due to be featured in the latest episode of the FX series, Impeachment: American Crime Story, on which Lewinsky serves as a producer. "First of all, Monica: Yes, I have to disclose — full disclosure — in tonight's episode, our G-rated date from December 1997 ... is portrayed," Tapper said with a smile. Lewinsky, laughing, emphasized that the pair had "only one date". Tapper responded by joking that the actor portraying him on the show is "way better looking than me now or then." "No," Lewinsky assured him before the pair began discussing Impeachment, which recounts the...
    CNN anchor Jake Tapper has recounted what it was like dating Monica Lewinsky in the 1990s. Tapper said the pair had a one-off "G-rated" date in Washington D.C. in 1997 and never met for a second. 2CNN host Jake Tapper admitted he went on a date with Monica LewinskyCredit: Getty Did Jake Tapper date Monica Lewinsky? The news presenter met Lewinsky during a going-away party for a friend and exchanged numbers, agreeing to meet up. Tapper, who wrote about the date following the Clinton impeachment scandal involving Lewinsky, said the two met for dinner at a Tex-Mex restaurant in December 1997. He said the duo met for food and drinks but never got together for a second date. "I don't expect to see Monica again," Tapper wrote about his date for the Washington City Paper in 1998, according to news site People. "To be honest, I'm not sure I would have seen her even if she hadn't ended up buried beneath the headlines." What did Jake Tapper say about Monica Lewinsky? The date was brought up during a recent interview...
    CNN’s Jake Tapper spoke with Senator Pat Toomey (R- PA) Sunday about the fight over the debt ceiling ahead of a deadline to avert a government shutdown. They also touched upon a truly insane piece of news about the former president’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election. The new book from Bob Woodward and Robert Costa reveals that John Eastman, who was on the Trump legal team, put together a bizarre memo on how they could overturn the election on January 6. This six-step plan revolved around Mike Pence deciding to reject electors from seven states because of “ongoing disputes” and throwing the entire election into chaos. Tapper asked Toomey about this memo and the fact that Eastman wasn’t just “some fringe guy” but a member of the Federalist Society and a former Supreme Court clerk. “This was basically a how-to-stage-a-bloodless-coup memo. What was your reaction when you read about that?” Toomey said he hasn’t read the memo but reiterated the fact that Joe Biden won the election. “We were carrying out a very important but essentially ministerial process that...
    CNN’s Jake Tapper pressed Republican Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves on his response to the continued spread of coronavirus in his state. Reeves made a Sunday morning appearance on “State of the Union,” and Tapper repeatedly confronted the Mississippi governor over his objections to President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate. (RELATED: ‘I Don’t Think Scolding Is The Approach’: Jake Tapper Says Biden Should Blame The ‘Liars,’ Not Unvaccinated Who ‘Believed The Lies’) WATCH: “Mississippi this week became the state with the worst number of coronavirus deaths per capita. In fact, if Mississippi were its own country, you would be second in the world only to Peru in terms of deaths per capita,” Tapper began. “That’s a horrible, horrible, heartbreaking statistic. With all due respect, Governor, your way is failing. Are you going to try to change anything to change this horrible statistic from what you’re doing already?” Reeves compared the virus’ trajectory in Mississippi to the one that was seen in Israel when the delta variant struck, noting a quick spike with an equally quick decline. “We saw a very...
    A combative Gov. Tate Reeves (R-MS) battled with "State of the Union " host Jake Tapper on Sunday morning after the CNN host pointed out the massive death toll in his state from Covid-19 and point-blank told him: "You're not doing anything." During the interview that ranged over 14 minutes, host Tapper called the death toll in Mississippi "horrible" and informed the Republican lawmaker that, if his state was a country, it would be second in Covid deaths per capita worldwide. That in turn, led Reeves to accuse the CNN host of not talking about Covid deaths in states overseen by Democratic governors -- with the two talking over each other as Tapper told Reeves he wanted to talk about Mississippi's staggering death toll. "Governor, if Mississippi were a country, you would have the second-worst per capita death toll in the world, and I'm saying are you going to do anything to try to change that?" Tapper pressed. "Jake, as I mentioned earlier, deaths, unfortunately, are a lagging indicator," Reeves shot...
    CNN anchor Jake Tapper repeatedly confronted Republican Gov. Tate Reeves on Sunday over his opposition to President Joe Biden’s vaccine policy despite Mississippi’s “heartbreaking” coronavirus death rate, flatly stating that Reeves’ “way is failing.” Defending the administration’s vaccine mandates last week amid Republican promises to fight the new rules, Biden singled out Reeves, who had blasted the requirements as “tyrannical” and unconstitutional. “In Mississippi, children are required to be vaccinated against measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, hepatitis B, polio, tetanus, and more,” the president noted on Thursday. “These are state requirements. But in the midst of a pandemic that has already taken over 660,000 lives, I propose a requirement for COVID vaccines and the governor of that state calls it ‘a tyrannical-type move’? A tyrannical-type move?!” Interviewing Reeves on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, Tapper brought up Biden’s remarks, wondering aloud why the governor and Mississippi’s legislature were willing to mandate various vaccines for children but not open to the federal government’s rules surrounding the COVID-19 shots. All federal employees are now required to be vaccinated and employees at...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci defended President Joe Biden’s plan to authorize coronavirus vaccine booster shots for the broader population, as CNN’s Jake Tapper questioned the infectious disease expert on whether it was a “mistake” to step out ahead of the FDA and the CDC. Fauci joined Tapper Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union to talk about Biden’s promotion of booster shots to the general public, two days after the FDA resoundingly rejected the president’s plan. When asked if it was a “mistake” for the FDA to disagree with him about the merits of public distribution, Fauci answered, “I don’t think they made a mistake, but the one thing I think people need to realize is that data are coming literally in on a daily and weekly basis, and the decision based on the data that was seen by the committee, was a decision that we’ve just mentioned.” “They’re going to continue to look at this, literally in real time,” Fauci said. “More data will be coming in on both safety for younger individuals, efficacy, both from Israel, other...
    CNN’s Jake Tapper opened his show Friday with the horrific news of the military’s “massive and deadly mistake” in Afghanistan. U.S. CENTCOM Commander Gen. Kenneth McKenzie admitted that the August 29 airstrike the military initially claimed took out ISIS-K targets actually took out 10 civilians, including 7 children. Tapper reminded viewers, “This is a total about-face from the Pentagon’s initial denial they got anything wrong days after the attack.” He showed video of Gen. Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, saying on September 1 this was “a righteous strike.” “No longer so righteous,” Tapper said before speaking with correspondent Anna Coren, who reported on serious questions about the strike just days ago. “It was pretty clear from your investigation a few days ago,” Tapper said, “that the U.S. military had made a huge, tragic mistake here in one of the United States’ very last acts in this 20-year war in Afghanistan. What is the response going to be?” Coren said people are “shocked” that the military “is actually owning up to this,” but they likely came forward...
    CNN’s Jake Tapper and MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace are regularly the talk of Punditown. But Neil Cavuto, their quieter rival over on Fox News, regularly draws the biggest audience at 4 p.m. Such was the case on Wednesday, when Cavuto drew 1.5 million total viewers and 259,000 in the demo. That was enough to handily trounce Tapper’s The Lead (702,000 total viewers and 123,000 in the demo) and Wallace’s Deadline: White House (1.34 million total viewers and 116,000 in the demo). Here is a full breakdown of Wednesday’s cable news ratings by show: Total Viewers (thousands) ET FNC CNN MSNBC NEWSMAX NEWSNATION 6a FOX AND FRIENDS: 934 NEW DAY: 403 MORNING JOE: 929 WISE GUYS WITH JOHN TABAC: 23 — 7a FOX AND FRIENDS: 1263 NEW DAY: 488 — WAKE UP AMERICA: 120 — 8a FOX AND FRIENDS: 1730 NEW DAY: 603 — — — 9a AMERICAS NEWSROOM: 1734 CNN NEWSROOM: 723 STEPHANIE RUHLE REPORTS: 845 NATIONAL REPORT: 199 JAG: 86 10a AMERICAS NEWSROOM: 1606 CNN NEWSROOM: 656...
    CNN host Jake Tapper on Tuesday reacted with horror after reporter Jamie Gangel broke down new details from the new bombshell book by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa. While appearing on Tapper's show, Gangel explained the crucial role that Steve Bannon played in getting Trump to attend the January 6th "Stop the Steal" rally, which he hoped would severely damage President Joe BIden's tenure in office. "December 30th -- when Trump is down in Mar-a-Lago, Steve Bannon's in Washington -- and Trump is complaining that the Republicans aren't doing enough for his effort," Gangel said. "And Bannon says to him... 'You've got to return to Washington right now, you've got to make a dramatic return." Gangel went on to explain Bannon's thinking behind getting Trump to rail against the election results in front of his most rabid supporters on January 6th. "[Bannon] calls January 6th a moment for reckoning, and then he goes even further," Gangel said. "This is about Bannon on Biden, and he says... 'We're going to bury Biden on January 6th, effing bury him.'...
    You knew this was coming: Dr. Anthony Fauci being asked to weigh in on Nicki Minaj’s cousin’s friend’s testicles. To briefly recap: Nicki Minaj posted a series of tweets Monday in which — while making it clear she’s not opposed to getting the vaccine in the future — she raised questions about side effects from the vaccine and made the dubious claim the shot made a friend of her cousin’s impotent and caused their balls to swell up. Jake Tapper acknowledged to Fauci he wouldn’t normally bring this up, but given how millions and millions of people follow Minaj and is globally influential, not to mention how her tweet was “seized upon” by people stirring up anti-vax sentiment, he felt it important for Fauci to directly address this issue. “Is there any evidence that the Pfizer, the Moderna, or the J&J vaccines cause any reproductive issues in men or women?” Tapper asked. “The answer to that, Jake, is a resounding no. There’s no evidence that it happens, nor is there any mechanistic reason to imagine that it would happen. So...
    CNN host Jake Tapper has issued rare criticism of President Joe Biden, slamming him for taking a 'scolding' tone in his announcement of sweeping new COVID-19 vaccine rules. Tapper, the chief Washington correspondent at the liberal-leaning network, made the stinging remarks on Friday, a day after Biden issued the vaccine orders affecting 100 million. Companies with more than 100 workers must require staff to get vaccinated or tested weekly, or face fines under the new rules. Federal employees and healthcare workers must get vaccinated or lose their jobs, with no testing alternative.  In his address to the nation on Thursday, Biden took a harsh tone toward the unvaccinated, telling them: 'We've been patient, but our patience is wearing thin. And your refusal has cost all of us. So, please, do the right thing.' Appearing on CNN New Day, Tapper remarked: 'He took on a scolding tone talking to the people who are unvaccinated, talking about how, you know, people's patience is running out. Talking about this mandate.' CNN host Jake Tapper (right) has issued rare criticism of President Joe...
    CNN anchor Jake Tapper on Friday criticized President Joe Biden for being too mean to unvaccinated Americans, blasting the president’s allegedly “scolding tone” during the announcement of his new six-prong plan to combat the surging COVID-19 pandemic. On Thursday, the president revealed sweeping vaccine rules attempting to push the large minority of Americans who remain unvaccinated to finally get the shot. Besides requiring all federal employees to be vaccinated within 75 days, Biden also announced new rules requiring a sizable number of private-sector employees to either be vaccinated or produce weekly negative COVID-19 test results. During his speech, the president also expressed frustration with the tens of millions of Americans who have refused to get vaccinated, essentially blaming them for a prolonged pandemic. “What more is there to wait for? What more do you need to see? We’ve made vaccinations free, safe, and convenient,” Biden exclaimed. “The vaccine is FDA approved. Over 200 million Americans have gotten at least one shot. We’ve been patient but our patience is wearing thin and your refusal has cost all of us. So, please,...
    CNN anchor Jake Tapper criticized President Joe Biden’s approach to addressing Americans who have not gotten one of the available coronavirus vaccines. During a Friday morning appearance on “New Day,” Tapper told anchors John Berman and Brianna Keilar that Biden might make more headway if, instead of blaming and scolding the unvaccinated, he placed blame on the “liars” who had spread misinformation about coronavirus and the vaccines. (RELATED: ‘More Animosity And … Division’: Greg Gutfeld Says Biden Is Painting Unvaxxed Americans As ‘The New Terrorists’) WATCH: Tapper joined the show to respond to Biden’s Thursday speech announcing a plan to force large businesses to require employees to either take the vaccine or submit to weekly testing. “I think there are legitimate questions about whether or not President Biden has the authority to do this,” Tapper said, noting that Biden had made the jump from attempting to persuade Americans to get vaccinated to actively coercing them to do so. “He took on a scolding tone talking to the people who are unvaccinated, talking about how, you know, people’s patience...
    U.S. forces and thousands of Americans were evacuated from Afghanistan before the August 31st deadline, but according to multiple reports a significant number of Afghan allies remain in Kabul. CNN’s Jake Tapper reported that according to a senior State Department official, “the majority of Afghans who worked for the U.S. and applied for those special immigrant visas… were likely left behind.” Tapper played video of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin saying at an earlier press briefing, “The SIV program is obviously not designed to accommodate what we just did in evacuating over 100,000 people. And so perhaps this program should be looked at going forward. It is designed to be a slow process.” “Indeed it has been a historically slow process,” Tapper remarked, “one that a former Trump administration official claims that the Trump administration ‘sabotaged.'” “But that said,” he went on to add, “President Biden took office in January, and his administration failed to expedite the process to get these Afghan allies out, despite months of warnings. This as Biden administration officials tell CNN the White House was hoping to...
    CNN anchor Jake Tapper was besieged with reminders of scandal-ridden colleagues by critics after he tweeted about how society is unhealthy because of the low standards people have for members of Congress.  "We have higher standards for game show hosts than for Members of Congress, definitely a sign of a healthy society with its priorities in order," the outspoken anchor of "The Lead" tweeted.  This referenced the ongoing drama over who will replace beloved "Jeopardy" host Alex Trebek, who died last year from cancer. The latest turn saw the firing of longtime executive producer Mike Richards, who had chosen himself as the new host but then was dropped from his job after past demeaning comments against women and other minorities came to light. Other potential replacements like actress Mayim Bialik have also been heavily scrutinized for their personal histories.  CNN ANALYST SLAMMED FOR BLAMING TRUMP FOR COLLAPSED REPUBLICAN TRUST IN NATIONAL MEDIA: ‘SIMPLY BREATHTAKING’  Critics were quick to point out Tapper's own network and the standards they have for their employees caught in recent scandals. CNN's chief legal analyst Jeffrey...
    CNN’s Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by AT&T - US enters nerve-wracking final hours in Afghanistan Former Afghanistan ambassador to US: Afghan women 'are in a state of panic' Romney: Afghanistan crisis the fault of both Biden, Trump administrations MORE on Tuesday pressed President BidenJoe BidenProgressive Democratic lawmakers urge Biden to replace Powell as Fed Chair Pentagon releases photo of last soldier to leave Afghanistan Overnight Defense & National Security — America's longest war ends MORE’s National Security Adviser Jake SullivanJake SullivanTrump: US should take military action if Taliban don't return billions in equipment US intercepts rocket targeting Kabul airport The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by AT&T - Biden tested by Afghanistan exit, Ida's wrath MORE on how the administration plans to help the numerous American citizens who remain in Afghanistan following the U.S. military withdrawal.  The Tuesday segment came after Biden said in an address from the White House Tuesday that the federal government had “no deadline” for helping out the remaining 100 to 200 U.S. citizens still believed to be in Afghanistan. ...
    CNN’s Jake Tapper grilled White House national security advisor Jake Sullivan on how the United States is going to help remaining Americans and allies evacuate from Afghanistan. There are still, according to President Joe Biden, up to 200 Americans who remain in Afghanistan even after U.S. troops officially left Monday. Tapper brought up that issue with Sullivan and asked exactly how they’re going to help the rest of these Americans: I’ve been told some U.S. citizens who showed up to the airport before the deadline were left standing outside the gates. They were unable to get in. How are you going to get those Americans out? And what was the reason that some citizens could not get in? Was it entirely because of terrorist threats to Hamid Karzai international airport? Sullivan said the administration sent out messages to Americans to leave the country as early as March, and claimed, “97 percent of the people we communicated with got to the airport and got out on planes. There’s a variety of reasons for why those remaining folks didn’t.” He reiterated the...
    National security adviser Jake Sullivan could not rule out the possibility of a homeland attack — either from an outside force or from white supremacists. Sullivan joined Sunday’s “State of the Union,” where he told CNN anchor Jake Tapper that ongoing general threats were “credible” and that a number of groups were actively seeking the capability to execute an attack against the U.S. (RELATED: ‘Does That Sound Like Not Taking It Lying Down?’: Dana Bash Challenges Biden’s National Security Adviser On Pressuring China) WATCH: Tapper began by saying he had heard reports that officials were concerned about the possibility of a threat to the U.S. homeland in the wake of the evacuation set to conclude August 31 in Afghanistan. “It could be from racist white supremacists, Islamic terrorists. Do you know of any threats to the homeland in the wake of this withdrawal? And how concerned are you?” Tapper asked. “The general threat is credible,” Sullivan replied, adding that he did not have specific intelligence indicating an imminent threat from either white supremacists or Islamists. “We are tracking...
    White House National Security advisor Jake Sullivan pushed back on CNN’s Jake Tapper over reports that the U.S. gave the Taliban the names of Americans and U.S. Afghan allies trying to flee Afghanistan. Sullivan spoke with Tapper on Sunday for State of the Union about the Biden administration’s latest efforts on the situation in Afghanistan as the August 31st withdrawal deadline approaches. During the interview, Tapper brought up reports that the U.S. government gave the Taliban a list of Americans or Afghan special immigrant visa applicants trying to get into Hamid Karzai International Airport. “I understand the U.S. has relied upon the Taliban for this evacuation process,” Tapper said, “but with all due respect, a lot of these Afghan SIVs, as you know better than I, they think the Taliban is going to kill them, and you’ve given them a list of their names.” “We’ve actually aggressively and decisively disputed that report,” Sullivan responded. He further called the reports “unfounded and inaccurate” even as he spoke about how the U.S. has been working with the Taliban to move...
    CNN’s Jake Tapper confronted White House national security advisor Jake Sullivan on Sunday over whether the United States will be able to complete evacuations from Kabul by the August 31st deadline. The deadline set by President Joe Biden is this Tuesday, and there’s serious concern about another attack in Kabul following the horrific one just days ago that killed 13 U.S. service members and dozens of Afghans. ISIS-K claimed responsibility for the attack, and on Friday the Pentagon said the military carried out an airstrike that killed two ISIS-K militants. “You and I both know there are Americans on the ground in Kabul right now who can’t get into the airport,” Tapper told Sullivan. “They can’t even reach it. There are legal permanent residents of the United States who can’t get out. There are Afghans who have the special immigrant visas who cannot get out. They’re obviously not all going to get out by the deadline. They just aren’t. So, what happens to them after Tuesday?” Sullivan said “we believe that we’re down to a population of 300 or fewer...
    CNN anchor Jake Tapper made his debut in the Ruthless podcast's long-running game show, "Dem or Journo." On Thursday's "variety progrum," co-hosts Comfortably Smug and Josh Holmes faced off in the game involving the two of them having to decipher which of the following four statements, read out loud by co-host Michael Duncan, was said by a Democratic operative versus members of the media. The theme was the ongoing events in Afghanistan. The first statement read, "Kevin McCarthy warned on Fox that there are 5,000 prisoners who ‘just left Afghanistan’ and are hoping to cross US borders. There is no basis for this at all… and it was Trump’s Taliban deal, praised by McCarthy, that got 5,000 prisoners freed." RUTHLESS PODCAST PLAYS ‘KLAIN TO FAME’ MOCKING MEDIA PERSONALITIES THIRSTY FOR RETWEETS FROM WH CHIEF OF STAFF The second statement read, "NEW: 19,000 people were evacuated from Afghanistan in the 24 hours between 3 AM on 8/24 and 3 AM on 8/25. We've now evacuated 82,300 people since 8/14, and 87,900 since July." The third statement read, "If a politician is...
    CNN’s lead Washington anchor Jake Tapper said Monday that in spite of White House press secretary Jen Psaki’s claims, Americans in Afghanistan probably did feel “stranded.” Tapper spoke with Pentagon correspondent Oren Lieberman on “The Lead” and said that, while he understood the White House doing everything possible to reassure Americans that they would be evacuated, there might also be complications on the ground. (RELATED: ‘We Can Bomb The Taliban Back Into The Stone Age’: Lara Logan Says Biden Administration Should Stop ‘Bowing To A Terrorist Group’) WATCH: Tapper began with a clip from Psaki’s press briefing, during which she told Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy that it was “irresponsible to say Americans are stranded.” .@PressSec: “I think its irresponsible to say that Americans are stranded. They are not. We are committed to bringing Americans who want to come home, home.” pic.twitter.com/lFIbQ56OBT — Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) August 23, 2021 Psaki went on to say that the White House and the State Department were working to make sure that anyone who wanted to leave Afghanistan could...
    CNN’s Jake Tapper called out White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Monday for comments about the ongoing Afghanistan evacuations. During Monday’s press briefing, Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked Psaki, “Does the president have a sense that most of the criticism is not of leaving Afghanistan, it’s the way that he has ordered it to happen by pulling the troops before getting these Americans who are now stranded?” “I think it’s irresponsible to say Americans are stranded. They are not. We are committed to bringing Americans who want to come home home,” Psaki shot back. “We are going to bring them home and I think that’s important for the American public to hear and understand.” Tapper played part of Psaki’s comments on air and remarked, “I understand that people are working long hours in the White House, the National Security Council, State Department, Pentagon, and over in Kabul to get Americans out of that country. And I understand the White House wanting to reassure the nation that all Americans will ultimately be evacuated. “But there are no doubt Americans who...