Don Lemon’s colleague Poppy Harlow stormed off set and took a ‘well-timed’ bathroom break with co-host Kaitlan Collins – after his ‘sexist’ women in their prime comment
- The anchors stormed off the set of ‘CNN This Morning’ Thursday, sources said
- Lemon, who is five years older than Haley, 51, suggested she was ‘past her prime’
- The insiders said the comments was the last straw in a deteriorating relationship
CNN anchors Poppy Harlow and Kaitlan Collins stormed off the set of ‘CNN This Morning’ following a tense exchange with Don Lemon after he said GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley was ‘not in her prime.’
The veteran CNN anchor caused noticeable tension on his new set Thursday when he bashed the 51-year-old’s recent proposal that politicians aged 75 and up should face competency tests – and sources revealed Thursday the comments were the final straw for his fed-up co-workers.
Lemon, who joined the morning show in December after months of hosting primetime, bizarrely suggested the ex-South Carolina Governor wasn’t in her ‘prime’ and should be careful when using that word to judge other politicians.
The comments made by Lemon – who at 56 is five years Haley’s senior – were not only critical of elderly politicians, but women as well.
Spurring an apology from the veteran anchor just hours later as well as a response from Haley herself, the comments also caused Harlow, 40, to take a ‘well-timed’ bathroom break followed closely by Collins, before coming back to finish the show.
Sources divulged the detail to the New York Post Thursday afternoon, not long after Lemon turned heads with the remarks – the latest in a series of awkward moments that have reportedly prompted concerns over the morning team’s chemistry.
The insiders said the comments were the last straw in an already deteriorating relationship between the news professionals, with Collins and Harlow increasingly fed up with Lemon’s behavior since coming on board.
But even with that dynamic, CNN honcho Chris Licht seems to have no qualms about keeping the three on-air, an insider told on Thursday, as the full fallout of the anchor’s tirade remains to be seen.
‘Licht isn’t doing anything about it,’ the source told the paper, adding that the trio’s relationship had already ‘been smoldering for months’ amid a series of eye-brow raising incidents involving the longtime anchor.
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Protecting Their Investment? Nets Run Cover for Leftist ESG Giants Tied to Ohio Train Disaster
ABC’s, CBS’s and NBC’s premature abandonment of coverage of the environmental disaster in East Palestine, Ohio may have been a gambit to protect the leftist pro-environmental, social, governance (ESG) standard giants tied to the incident.
The Ohio incident involved a train derailing that led to a controlled explosion and the spewing of toxic fumes into the atmosphere.
A recent MRC study revealed that the Big Three broadcast network’s morning and evening news shows all but dropped coverage of the Ohio disaster once residents were permitted to return home Feb. 8. Between the incident’s genesis on Feb. 3 and the evacuation order for East Palestine being lifted on Feb. 8, all six shows fell just shy of spending a combined 30 minutes on the topic.
The networks largely regurgitated the public relations gaslighting by the Norfolk Southern Corporation, the owner of the railway responsible for the derailed train. “[R]eporters approached statements by Norfolk Southern and the Ohio EPA – both of whom had a blatant incentive to downplay the seriousness of the situation – with slavish credulity,” NewsBusters Managing Editor Curtis Houck and NewsBusters Media Editor Bill D’Agostino wrote. But nearly a week after residents were permitted to return home on Feb. 8, the Big Three rediscovered the topic Feb. 14- Feb. 15 after it became clear that they were the three most prominent networks that had stopped covering it. But it gets worse.
It turns out that ESG-obsessed investment giants like The Vanguard Group, JPMorgan Investment Management and BlackRock Fund Advisors, are Norfolk Southern’s largest shareholders. The combined stake between the three shareholders is valued at a sizable $9,392,760,704 as of Feb. 16.
Looking at the ownership of ABC, CBS and NBC may provide further insight into why they might try to move on from the Ohio disaster story after propping up Norfolk Southern’s excuses. BlackRock and Vanguard also happen to be amongst the top 5 shareholders for all three of the Big Three networks’ parent companies as of Feb. 16.
BlackRock and Vanguard both hold the top two shareholder positions in The Walt Disney Company (parent company of ABC News). Combined, the two companies hold a collective investment stake valued at $23,154,933,257. Over at Comcast Corp. (parent company of NBC News), Vanguard and BlackRock hold the first and third shareholder positions. The companies hold a collective stake value of $22,767,766,608. Vanguard and BlackRock hold the second and fourth shareholder positions respectively at Paramount Global (parent company of CBS News). The two companies hold a collective stake value of $1,910,443,550.
Strikingly, both Vanguard (Norfolk Southern’s largest shareholder) and BlackRock have been at the center of a leftist movement to radically change American culture through the force of ESG standards in corporate America.
ESGs provide a smokescreen for left-wing bigwigs in C-suites to force radical leftist politics onto shareholders, according to former McDonald’s CEO Edward Rensi. Utah State Treasurer Marlo Oaks called ESG “the greatest threat to our freedoms in America today without question,” during an exclusive interview with MRC Business.
The fact that ESG-obsessed companies are tied to the Norfolk Southern disaster blows their eco-virtue signaling on sustainable investment completely out of the water and makes the Big Three prematurely dropping the coverage look even more despicable.
Could it be that the Big Three are doing everything they can to protect their shareholders’ investment in Norfolk Southern?