- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 6, 2017

CNN’s Chris Cuomo told The New York Times this week that he sees himself as a cable news gladiator akin to a character out of 1985’s “Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome.”

Ongoing friction between CNN President Jeffrey A. Zucker’s network and President Trump is interpreted by Mr. Cuomo as a scene in one of Mel Gibson’s iconic films. The “New Day” co-host made the remark when asked about scrutiny of the network in the wake of high-profile firings and criticism from the commander in chief.

“I’m comfortable going to work in Thunderdome every day,” Mr. Cuomo told the newspaper on Wednesday.

Mr. Zucker, 52, added that Mr. Trump’s complaints are nothing more than strong-arm tactics.

“He’s trying to bully us, and we’re not going to let him intimidate us,” Mr. Zucker said. “You can’t lose your confidence and let that change the way you conduct yourselves.”

The Times noted that CNN has faced similar allegations. the Twitter hashtag #CNNBlackmail was a trending story on Wednesday after the network said it reserved the right to out a pro-Trump Reddit user who created humorous videos.

The clip in question involved Mr. Trump as a WWE wrestling star who clotheslines a CNN stand-in.

“Should CNN reveal name of Reddit user who made trump wrestling video?” Mr. Cuomo said Wednesday in a tweet that was deleted shortly afterward. “Had a lot of bigoted and hateful material on page and website.”

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