Five days ago, CNN political commentator, Paris Dennard, got into a heated debate over Trump’s removal of John Brennan’s security access with CNN’s counterterrorism expert, Phillip Mudd. Mudd eventually tells Dennard “we’re done, get out.”
Well, as fortune would have it for Mudd, a former CIA official, it appears Dennard is now officially ‘done’ with CNN.
CNN has suspended Dennard following allegations that he participated in sexual misconduct while working at the Arizona State University. This follows a report obtained by the Washington Post that “describes a series of inappropriate incidents often initiated by Dennard with the two women in 2013 and 2014.”
The ASU investigation, according to the report in the Post, claims Dennard participated in “serious misconduct.”
The 2014 report is undeniably convenient for CNN’s purposes considering their likely discomfort with Dennard’s consistent Trump defenses, particularly after having such a dramatic exchange with Mudd.
CNN released a statement following Dennard’s suspension, saying, “We are aware of reports of accusations against Paris Dennard. We are suspending Paris, effective immediately, while we look into the allegations.”
Dennard served as one of Trump’s highest-profile surrogates throughout his Presidential campaign. Dennard has lent President Trump unwavering support, including on CNN, a network famously anti-Trump in almost every internal and external medium.
Dennard has called the allegations “false.”
What begs the question, in this case, is why has a 2014 incident suddenly became relevant in 2018? The resurrection of the report seems like that of a coordinated attack on someone the media doesn’t appreciate for his political stances. In four long years, not one person has decided to expose an internal report with these allegations until now?
It’s important to understand that this is a campus report, not a police report.
Whoever released the report likely did so with the intention of causing Dennard a job loss. It is difficult to imagine that this report was released for any other purposes.
Author: Jim Satney
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