Sep 17, 2020
Meghan McCain Challenges Brian Stelter On Cuomo Brothers Comedy Routine — He Ignores It
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Meghan McCain directly challenged CNN anchor Brian Stelter over ethical questions surrounding his network, and he glossed over her concerns in his response.
Stelter made an appearance Wednesday on ABC’s “The View” to discuss media and how it played into the current political climate. (RELATED: ‘If You’re A Republican,’ Media Is The Enemy: Meghan McCain Blasts ‘Insanity’ Of Giving Woodward An Interview)
McCain began by laying out a few issues that she said raised “ethical concerns” with regard to the way CNN covered the news, asking Stelter to address those issues.
“There’s a 2016 audio of your president Jeff Zucker offering debate advice to President Trump that was released, Jake Tapper was allegedly caught trying to influence a congressional election, and I have serious problems with the way Chris Cuomo had a re-occurring primetime sort of comic routine with his brother instead of asking about policies that were literally sending my friend Janice Dean’s older relatives to die in nursing homes,” McCain explained. “So with the criticisms of CNN, do you believe this is acceptable, and don’t you think there’s enough fair criticism to go all the way around right now in just how news networks are run?”
“First, I think you should write a book,” Stelter laughed, and quickly pivoted to suggest first that the story lines McCain had mentioned were “cherry-picked” and then attacked Fox News and President Donald Trump.
“You listed off all of these story lines. A lot of them, though, are cherry-picked, you know, coming from these audio tapes that Tucker Carlson has been airing,” Stelter said, adding, “And I do have a question about this that relates to my book. You know, Michael Cohen says these audiotapes were only held by Trump, the Trump Organization and the DOJ. So all of the sudden they’re airing on Fox News.”
He went on to argue that he was not a spokesperson for either CNN or Fox News, so it wasn’t really his place to comment on the leaked tapes.
“Here’s what I do think is sad though. I think it’s sad that private conversations get leaked out, get distorted, and then, you know, they become polarized and weaponized,” Stelter concluded. “That’s the environment we’re in and that’s sad. If our text messages or my phone calls with friends were suddenly taken out of context and distorted, I feel like that’s — let me put it this way. I think the Trump age has ruined a lot of friendships. I think that’s really sad, and I hope we can start to rebuild.”
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Meghan and Harry may only get $250k an event NOT $1m as clients ‘put off’ by their strict demands, source says
MEGHAN and Harry may only be able to command fees of around $250k to $400k - not $1 million as previously estimated, an events manager has claimed.
The international consultant, who runs VIP corporate events in the UK and US, said that the level of control demanded by the couple, revealed in a leaked contract from their agency, may put some clients off booking them for their events.5Meghan and Harry Credit: Reuters
The event creator also said he found it "fascinating" the wide range of demands are similar to those adopted by all the British Royals when they attend events - when Meghan and Harry stepped down as senior members of the royal family because hated being held to strict royal protocols and wanted more freedom.
The consultant says that many organizations looking to book the couple will "raise their eyebrows" at how much control they are asking for.
The source, speaking from New York, said: "Harry and Meghan coming on the speaker circuit is certainly as significant as the likes of President Obama or Arnold Schwarzenegger.
"The pair are fascinating, uniquely experienced individuals, who have a wide reach, who would have been a huge draw to a live audience pre COVID.5Meghan appeared at the the Girl Up 2020 Leadership Summit this summerCredit: AP:Associated Press 5Harry speaking at the Invictus Games in 2018Credit: PA:Press Association
"So back then figures between the 750k and $1m mark seemed steep, but possible.
"Realistically their earnings range is closer to $250k to $400k.
"And with those types of fees that is where the negotiations on their roles becomes tricky.
"While every speaker has a right to demand the parameters of an appearance, as the price increases often so do the expectations of clients.
"In that grey area are negotiations and discussions, until everyone reaches a compromise.
"The contract paperwork appears to read that the speakers have full control of the client's event. It certainly raises eyebrows and will put off many potential large corporations.5It was rumored the couple could earn a million dollars per appearance Credit: The Mega Agency
"Not many clients ever like inviting talent as star guests, who may be seen as running their event and telling them what to do.
Harry and Meghan's requests, according to the Harry Walker Agency Virtual Event Request Form, seen by The Sun, means that any entity has to cave into the Duke and Duchess's veto and approval for the people, who introduce them or moderate any discussion with them.
He said the conditions requested by the pair were uncommon for 99 per cent of speakers out there on the circuit.
However many companies, willing to pay them the reported $1m fees, will "not like being bossed around on how to run their events and who will speak."