A few months ago, CNN had to fire its primetime star Chris Cuomo due to sexual misconduct allegations, as well as for assisting his brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is also facing sexual misconduct allegations. Now, a CNN producer named John Griffin has been charged with pedophilia. Griffin worked closely with Chris Cuomo and is accused of luring youngsters into illegal sexual activity.
CNN is the world’s largest media network, with services available to over 2 billion people in over 200 countries and territories. It boasts an award-winning portfolio that may put many media organizations to shame, despite all of its laurels and successes. CNN is currently mired in a slew of scandals, including charges of prejudice and sexual misconduct against its workers.
Chris Cuomo, the network’s main anchor, was sacked a few weeks ago for his covert efforts to help his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. He was fired for assisting his brother in fending off sexual harassment allegations, which Cuomo Jr. is also facing. A former coworker has accused him of sexual misbehavior, which she claims can be proven with documentary evidence. The scandal has yet to quiet down, and another has recently erupted.
The FBI has just detained a CNN producer who worked on Chris Cuomo’s prime time show for luring kids into criminal sexual behavior. John Griffin, 44, has been charged with pedophilia. CNN was quick to fire griffin because the charges against him are unsettling according to court documents griffin used online messaging apps to communicate with underage girls and lure them into sexual crimes.
On his LinkedIn page, he has also been accused of bragging about sexually training girls as young as seven, and if convicted, he faces a minimum term of ten years in prison. Griffin boasted about working side by side with Chris Cuomo, a claim that might land the fired anchor in even more hot water. According to sources, the two have been pals from the beginning of their careers and have collaborated since 2005.
Prosecutors are anticipated to look into how advantageous this association was. It’s a shocking blow for CNN, which has gone from claiming to be the most trusted name in news to becoming one of the most scandal-plagued names in the industry.
Know About John Griffin
In 1995, John Griffin graduated from the Hackley School and went on to Princeton University to earn his bachelor’s degree. He worked as an Assistant Assignment Editor at CBS News ‘The Early Show’ from August 1999 to December 2000, where he created multiple live shots across the country, scheduled guests, and pitched/assigned segments. Then, as an Associate Producer at CBS Morning News/CBC News’The Early Show,’ John was in charge of producing the 4:30 a.m. news as well as the news blocks on The Early Show. In the event of breaking news, cut all tapes daily and update both programs.
He joined FOX News Channel as Chief News Writer on The Record in May 2002. He co-wrote the primetime broadcast, hired guests, and produced segments with Greta Van Susteren. John held this job until May 2003, when he joined Fox News Radio as the founding producer and lead news writer. He worked for Fox News Channel from March 2003 to June 2005, and during that time he helped establish a four-person syndicated radio network. Hourly newscasts were produced, and the technological plant was handled.
He was the Chief News Writer and Line Producer at ABC News Now from June 2005 to October 2006.
John became the founding producer for ABC News on mtvU in October 2006, where he served as the creator and chief producer for MTVU, a unique partnership between ABC News and MTV’s college network aimed at reaching an audience hitherto unreached by traditional news channels. He worked as the Page Editor at ABC from July 2008 to June 2011, maintaining the home page of a major news organization during peak traffic times, raising all key metrics, and supervising a team of writers and editors.
He worked as the Coordinating Producer and Special Projects & Mobile Editor at ABC from July 2011 to April 2013, during which time he also served as the Editor, Special Projects, and was in charge of practically every new initiative on the site, from conception to completion. From special sections to mobile apps, the latest technologies are integrated into the editorial process. He has been a Senior Producer at CNN since April 2013, and according to his LinkedIn profile, he “works shoulder-to-shoulder with lead anchor Chris Cuomo, seeing him through each show and creating live breaking news across the country and around the world.” He identifies himself as an “entrepreneurial producer who combines unique technical talents with outstanding, experienced-honed editorial judgement, always with an eye toward” on Linkedin.
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