Culture Wars/Current Controversies

Jeff Zucker, the Cuomos, and the #MeToo domino theory

By Joel Mathis The Week

Let’s call it the #MeToo domino theory. When a powerful man loses his job and status because of sexual harassment allegations, there’s often a string of buddies and enablers in the background hoping they don’t get caught out as well. Sometimes they aren’t — but sometimes they are.

Today’s example: Longtime CNN boss Jeff Zucker resigned Wednesday morning from the network, acknowledging he failed to disclose a “consensual relationship” with an underling. Why now? Well, he can thank former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, who was fired in December while facing allegations of sexual and professional misconduct.

“As part of the investigation into Chris Cuomo’s tenure at CNN, I was asked about a consensual relationship with my closest colleague, someone I have worked with for more than 20 years,” Zucker wrote in an email to network staffers. “I acknowledged the relationship evolved in recent years. I was required to disclose it when it began but I didn’t. I was wrong.”


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