CNN Staffer Posts Photo of New Day Anchors Making Light of Ebola; Quickly Deletes
Rule number one of Twitter: Think before you tweet.
On Thursday morning CNN senior producer John Griffin posted the below photograph of New Day anchors Chris Cuomo, Michaela Pereira, and Alisyn Camerota seemingly making light of Ebola:
Yes, that is a photograph of anchors pretending to be scared about something, while two men dressed in medical gowns stand over them (one of whom is pointing a finger into Cuomo’s neck for some reason?). Griffin deleted it rather promptly, but Inside Cable News grabbed the image for posterity.
The photograph seems especially tone-deaf, given the criticism of cable news as feeding hysteria over Ebola. Twitter users felt the same way:
@JGriffNYC @ChrisCuomo @AlisynCamerota @MichaelaCNN @Miguel_Susana @NewDay @CNN lame, poor taste… pretty sad statement from a news “leader”
— Kris Simpson (@buckeye7) October 16, 2014
@JGriffNYC @ChrisCuomo @AlisynCamerota @MichaelaCNN @Miguel_Susana @NewDay @CNN As usual CNN clueless immatu anchors turn topics into CSI BS
— ℂhicka§aw (@Michele_1L_) October 16, 2014
@JGriffNYC @NewDay @ChrisCuomo @AlisynCamerota @MichaelaCNN @Miguel_Susana @CNN not funny
— MD (@davisjpn) October 16, 2014
Mediaite has learned from a source that Griffin took the picture, but then CNN brass immediately asked him to delete it.
UPDATE — 1:05 p.m. ET: A reader points us to this other Griffin photograph, which doesn’t exactly reflect well upon his judgement either, eh?
AMAZING gown demo from @drsanjaygupta— that might as WELL be called, "we're all f*cked." #fearthechocolatesauce
— John Griffin (@JGriffNYC) October 14, 2014
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