CNN Issued One Sanitized Report About Their Contributor Gillum's Wild Hotel Room Incident

March 19th, 2020 9:15 PM

CNN political commentator and former Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum saw his political and media career quickly evaporate after being found by police in a Miami Beach hotel room last week with a gay male escort, an apparent overdose, crystal meth, vomiting, incoherence, and much more. Gillum announced he was entering rehab and retiring from public life for a while. 

The Miami Herald was brutal about this "rising star" of the Democrat Party:

[E]verything Gillum built over the last quarter-century fell in scandal Friday morning with the release of the Miami Beach police report documenting the events early Friday in room 1107.

The description in the report of a too-inebriated-to-talk Gillum vomiting in a toilet while a collapsed companion received chest compressions destroyed all expectations for a political future that many anticipated would include a 2022 rematch with Gov. Ron DeSantis or a run against Sen. Marco Rubio.

Gillum, by far the most energetic figure in Florida Democratic politics, shrank quickly into the background.

CNN could only muster one online story by media reporter Oliver Darcy, which came before Gillum's rehab announcement. 

Andrew Gillum, the former Democratic candidate for governor of Florida and a CNN political commentator, apologized on Friday after he was found "inebriated" by police who were responding to a "possible drug overdose" in a Miami hotel room he was in, according to a police report.

In a statement, Gillum said that he was in Miami for a "wedding celebration" when officers were called to "assist one of my friends."

"While I had too much to drink, I want to be clear that I have never used methamphetamines," Gillum said. "I apologize to the people of Florida for the distraction this has caused our movement."

...The police report said that officers, who told CNN they are not currently pursuing criminal charges, arrived to the scene just after midnight and found Gillum and a second person, Aldo Mejias, in the hotel room.

Mejias, according to the police report, said he had provided a third person, Travis Dyson, a credit card on Thursday to rent a hotel room for the night.

When Mejias arrived at the hotel room later that night, he discovered Dyson and Gillum inside the room "under the influence of an unknown substance," the police report said.

Mejias told police he found Gillum inside the bathroom vomiting, the report said. Dyson, Mejias told police, collapsed on the bed and was "having difficulty breathing."

When Mejias woke Dyson up, he "began vomiting on the bed" and collapsed, Mejias told police. According to the police report, Mejias contacted authorities after he started conducting chest compressions on Dyson.

When officers arrived, the police report said, they "observed in plain sight three small clear baggies containing suspected crystal meth on both the bed and floor of the hotel room."

Officers tried to speak with Gillum but found he was "unable to communicate" because of his "inebriated state," the police report said. Gillum later left the room and "returned to his residence without incident," the police report said.

Dyson was treated for a possible drug overdose, the police report said, and in stable condition when officers arrived on scene, but taken to a hospital "as a precaution."

That sounds pretty bad, but company man Darcy left out any details about Dyson. Who was he? CNN does not say but the New York Post revealed the background of the mysterious Mr. Dyson on Saturday:

The man who overdosed on crystal meth in a Florida hotel room with Gillum, a Democrat who made an unsuccessful bid for Florida governor, was an openly gay male escort with a profile on the website, Florida’s Local10 reported Friday.

Travis Dyson also identified himself as a “pornstar performer” who offered services including “gay massage.” He went by the name Brodie Scott on his RentMen profile.

“I like kissing and foreplay… lots of kissing and foreplay. I enjoy my nipple rings lightly played with. Mutual touch and intimacy goes a long way,” he said on his now-deleted page, according to

Finally this strange CNN statement in the CNN article:

A representative for CNN declined to comment.

So CNN declined to comment to... CNN? They weren't alone in sanitizing this incident. ABC offered an overnight brief on World News Now that also sanitized the story.