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CNN Worldwide is a portfolio of two dozen news and information services across cable, satellite, radio, wireless devices and the Internet in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. CNN is division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company. The 24-hour cable news channel was founded in 1980 by American media proprietor Ted Turner. CNN broadcasts from its headquarters at the CNN Center in Atlanta, the Time Warner Center in New York City, and studios in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. CNN is available in 98 million U.S. households, and more than 271 million worldwide. Jeff Zucker is the president of CNN Worldwide.

Michael Bloomberg to Wolf Blitzer: Tone of Your Question ‘Insulting to America’

BloombergFormer New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg isn’t happy with the FAA’s decision to temporarily ban flights to and from Israel, and in Jerusalem this afternoon, he was also unhappy with Wolf Blitzer‘s line of questioning.

“Don’t be ridiculous…why would you think that?” Bloomberg said, responding to Blitzer asking if he thought political motivations factored into the flight ban.

“It’s an outrage for you to accuse one of our agencies…” Bloomberg said before Blitzer interrupted, “I’m not accusing anyone, I’m just asking.” Bloomberg then talked over Blitzer. “By asking the question you’re implying that our government does things for political reasons–and maybe every once in awhile they do–but it’s your job to prove it,” Bloomberg continued. “Just the allegation against our government, I personally take as an offense…just the tone of the question of trying to create dissension; it’s insulting to America.”

Eight minutes later, Bloomberg popped up on Fox News’ “Your World with Neil Cavuto.” After speaking about the FAA ban, Cavuto asked Bloomberg if he’ll be running for president in 2016. “No,” the former mayor simply responded.

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Why Chris Cuomo Listens to the Viewers and Ignores the Media

Chris Cuomo UkraineWithin a few hours of the first reports that a Malaysia Airlines jet had been shot down in eastern Ukraine, CNN’s Chris Cuomo was on his way to the crash site, where he has been reporting across the network’s shows for the past week. In a wide-ranging interview with TVNewser this afternoon, Cuomo talked about his time in Ukraine and why covering this story has been different than other assignments he’s had in the past. (More on that tomorrow morning on TVNewser.)

He also responded to media coverage of an on-air slip earlier this week when he offered a Congressman a chance to “shoot down” a theory about the crash: “The idea that I was going to be accused in any way of being insensitive is ridiculous. That’s not who I’ve ever been, that’s not who I am, that’s not what drives my interest in my profession,” Cuomo says.

“Blogs, media in general, use negativity as a proxy for insight, and they are increasingly nasty,” he adds. “I expect it of them. But I don’t read them, and they don’t affect what I do. My audience is the people who watch us on TV and try to gather the information digitally. My reputation within this small and toxic fraternity of media is of very little interest to me.” Read more

Chris Cuomo Battles RT Anchor: ‘You Seem to be Acting Like a Representative of Russia’

CuomoWhile reporting outside the Amsterdam airport, where doomed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 departed from, “New Day” anchor Chris Cuomo got into a heated exchange with Russia Today anchor Peter Lavelle.

“Peter, take a breath, OK, because this isn’t a debate…I’m not here to debate with you who did this,” Cuomo said.

The RT anchor was defending Russian President Vladimir Putin in the aftermath of the plane’s downing, citing “Ukraine isn’t in Russia.” “Vladimir Putin doesn’t control a crime scene in a foreign country. I think it’s quite ludicrous to ask that question,” he said, adding that Cuomo was “living in a parallel universe” to suggest U.S. intelligence has been cross-referencing its satellite data with Russia’s.

“Ask me an intelligent question,” Lavelle demanded. “I think I’ve asked you several,” Cuomo shot back. “Your answers, I don’t know about the intelligence of, but the questions are pretty spot on…I’m not a representative of the U.S.; you seem to be acting like a representative of Russia.”

At around the 7:40 mark, with the interview still going on, Cuomo told his producer, “this is a joke, we gotta get out of this.” The interview continued for over three minutes. WATCH:

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S.E. Cupp: ‘Discipline Was Necessary’ for NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin, CNN’s Diana Magnay

CuppWhile guest hosting on “The View” this morning, S.E. Cupp chimed in on last week’s temporary removal of NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin and complete removal of her CNN colleague, Diana Magnay, from Gaza.

“Even reporters get into problems when they discuss this conflict,” Cupp said, pointing to social media posts both Mohyeldin and Magnay penned while covering the conflict. “You’re a reporter, and your job–no matter how passionate you are about this issue, everyone has strong feelings–your job is to be objective. Discipline was necessary.”

It should be noted, in the case of Mohyeldin, NBC never publicly acknowledged disciplinary reasons as the catalyst for pulling the veteran foreign correspondent from Gaza (following widespread pushback, the network reversed its decision and sent Mohyeldin back to Gaza over the weekend). Last Thursday, Glenn Greenwald reported Mohyeldin had been pulled by executives for security reasons. That report came a day after we reported some NBC staffers were angered by the network’s decision to have Richard Engel report for “Nightly News” Wednesday night on the Gaza port airstrike that killed four children since Mohyeldin witnessed the strike and reported on it throughout the day.

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Rupert Murdoch Considering Upping Time Warner Offer

time warnerBloomberg News reports Rupert Murdoch is still angling to acquire Time Warner and is considering using proceeds from the sale of other assets to do so.

Fox may reach an agreement to sell its wholly-owned Sky Italia unit and its 57 percent stake in Sky Deutschland AG to British Sky Broadcasting Group Plc in the next two weeks, the people said, asking not to be identified because the deliberations are private. The assets could be valued at about 10 billion euros ($13.5 billion), people familiar with the matter said in May. Fox owns a 39 percent stake in BSkyB. The proceeds could give Murdoch additional cash for a Time Warner bid without having to borrow more. While Fox is willing to pay more than $75 billion after Time Warner’s board rejected its $85 per-share bid, no final decision has been made on whether to bump the offer, the people said. JPMorgan & Chase Co., the biggest U.S. bank by assets, and Goldman Sachs Group Inc., the fifth-biggest, will help Murdoch finance the bid.

And the Los Angeles Times reports if 21st Century Fox takes over Time Warner, CNN might sell for more than analysts think.

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CNN’s Rosa Flores: Reporting From Honduras ‘Brings My Career as a Journalist Full Circle’

CNN's Rosa Flores in HondurasRosa Flores marked her one-year anniversary at CNN this week with a series of reports from Honduras on immigration, a fitting tribute to her career as a journalist: the former CPA decided to pursue reporting after hearing “heartbreaking stories of people living in extreme poverty” while delivering food and clothing to indigent people on the U.S.-Mexico border.

“I felt a responsibility to tell their stories. It just happens to be that some of those stories were from Central Americans who had walked through Mexico, hoping to make it to the U.S.,” Flores tells TVNewser. “Covering stories in Honduras for CNN brings my career as a journalist full circle, back to the stories that encouraged me to shed light where there was none.”

Although Flores says it is an emotional challenge to report the many stories of those trying to escape violence and poverty, she says there are bright spots of optimism along the way that keep her going.

“I remember a little girl clearly.  She asked, ‘do you speak English?’ I said, ‘yes,’” Flores recalls. “Her eyes sparkled and she smiled.  She hoped to learn English and read books in English one day, but she doesn’t own books.  Her eyes were full of hope.”

CNN Reporter Pulled from Reporting in Israel after ‘Scum’ Tweet

DianaMagnayAs NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin returns to reporting from Gaza this weekend, a CNN reporter has been pulled from the region, in part for sending a tweet which referred to a group of Israelis as “scum.”

Diana Magnay was reporting live on CNN Thursday from the Israeli city of Sderot which is less than a mile from Gaza and which has seen incoming Hamas rockets. Magnay was reporting from the so-called Sderot cinema where local Israelis gather to watch the IDF bombardment. After her report, she wrote on Twitter: “Israelis on hill above Sderot cheer as bombs land on #gaza; threaten to ‘destroy our car if I say a word wrong.’ Scum.”

CNN said in a statement that Magnay was referring specifically to those who threatened her and that the network and Magnay are sorry if anyone was offended. Magnay is already back in Moscow where this morning she is reporting on the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

Freelance Journalist’s Reporting on Downed Plane Draws Kudos From Anderson Cooper

When breaking news situations like the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 happen, networks often depend on eyewitnesses and citizen journalists for initial coverage.

Over the last 24 hours, one of those journalists has been Noah Sneider. Sneider is an American freelance journalist who witnessed the downing of the plane in Ukraine yesterday from a small village near the crash site. He’s described the scene via phone for CNN several times since news broke yesterday morning, calling in and reporting during hours anchored by Anderson Cooper, Don Lemon, Jake Tapper, and Brooke Baldwin.

And one of those anchors took notice, praising Sneider’s reporting this afternoon.

“You wander through these fields and you pretty much have to watch every step because if you don’t you can step on a person’s organs,” Sneider recounted last night while being interviewed by Don Lemon. “It’s like it was raining body parts.”

Who Sends Anderson Cooper Naughty Pics When He’s Reporting in Foreign Countries?

While appearing on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” last night, Anderson Cooper revealed he occasionally receives naughty pictures while reporting in foreign countries.

“She texts me inappropriate naked pictures of herself while I’m on the air, and often in very dangerous situations” Cooper said about messages he’s received from his CNN New Year’s Eve co-host Kathy Griffin. “I’ll be in a foreign place where there’s bombs going off, and my phone will buzz, and I’ll look, and it’s Kathy Griffin looking like Carrot Top.”

Shep Smith: ‘The Boss Tried to Buy the CNN’

On “Shepard Smith Reporting” this afternoon, Smith and Maria Bartiromo waded into the major media news of the day that Fox News’ parent company, 21st Century Fox, made an $80 billion offer last month to buy Time Warner, the parent company of CNN.

Saying she would “not be betting against Rupert” (and also noting she has no insider information), Bartiromo said she suspects Murdoch will come back with a higher bid that the Time Warner shareholders will ultimately accept. Under such a deal, 21st Century Fox would sell CNN to appease regulators — “beat ‘em, buy ‘em, sell ‘em,” as Smith described it. Under that scenario, Bartiromo says she sees CBS as a likely bidder for CNN.

“You could just repeat Anthony Bourdain, ‘The Sixties’ and ‘Forensic Files’ 24 hours a day on a loop! It’s gonna be great,” Smith said. Watch the video, via J$P:

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