Another top CNN executive resigns as WarnerMedia CEO cites ethical lapses
CNN’s chief marketing officer resigned Tuesday night as the CEO of the network’s parent company, WarnerMedia, released a memo saying that a formal probe found that she was among three top figures at CNN who had violated its official journalism standards and practices.
Allison Gollust is just the latest to be pulled under in the riptide of scandal that started with the sexual harassment allegations against former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, led to questions about the behavior of his brother, the former CNN prime-time star Chris Cuomo, and ultimately put the conduct of former CNN President Jeff Zucker under an unwelcome spotlight.
Zucker fired Chris Cuomo, a friend, in December for doing more than he had conceded on behalf of his brother and after a woman said the news anchor had sexually harassed her years ago at ABC News. Zucker was forced out earlier this month when he had acknowledged he had not disclosed a romantic involvement with Gollust, as company policy requires.
The departures led to threats of lawsuit from Cuomo and upheaval at CNN just as the network and its parent company are about to be taken over by new owners at Discovery Inc. A major investor, John Malone, has signaled he believes the network, which is on the cusp of launching its new streaming service, CNN+, became too explicitly liberal. And all the change has led some of the top hosts and correspondents questioning the network’s leadership vacuum and wondering where it is headed.