Ever since HLN debuted as CNN2 on January 1, 1982, the cable television channel has been on a roller coaster ride that led to the announcement on Tuesday that the network is immediately cutting back on its live programming in favor of virtually all taped shows. The transition was already apparent on the same day, when Morning Express with Robin Meade was followed by a rerun of How It Really Happened with Hill Harper instead of a live edition of Across America with Carol Costello.
On Wednesday's New Day on CNN, co-host Michaela Pereira sympathetically gave country singer and gay rights activist Chely Wright a forum to complain about religious freedom initiatives in several Southern states, with Wright deriding the bills as "very bigoted" and "ridiculous."
On Monday's New Day on CNN, co-host Michaela Pereira hosted a segment that slanted in favor of those on the left who are opposing current initiatives like the bathroom bill in North Carolina and the religious freedom bills in Georgia and Mississippi, with Pereira at one point fretting that the boycotts by businesses and entertainers will not be enough to thwart the measures. Speaking to Sarah Kate Ellis of GLAAD, the CNN anchor worried: "But, Sarah Kate, is that enough? Right? Is that enough? Is that going to build the momentum that you're looking for?"
CNN's Michaela Pereira drifted into the realm of the politically incorrect on Tuesday's New Day during a panel discussion on the Islamist terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels. Pereira noted that one of her guests spotlighted how "this base of the [terrorist] network dates back some 15 years — back to 9/11." She wondered, "I hate to even think this. Is it just too ingrained in the fabric of the culture there — a culture they can't seem to penetrate — the Belgium authorities?"
On Monday's New Day, CNN's Chris Cuomo revealed that he was wearing his father's guayabera shirt, which was "given to him by Fidel Castro as a gift." Cuomo, who was covering President Obama's visit to Cuba, underlined that "it didn't mean something to him [his father] because it came from Fidel Castro necessarily, but because it marked conversations going on decades ago that were the same as those today."
Appearing as a guest on Thursday's New Day on CNN to promote his latest film, The Brothers Grimsby, comedian and actor Sacha Baron Cohen recalled that audiences who have seen the movie have cheered at what he called the "fairytale ending" of Donald Trump contracting HIV.
A bit later, as he discussed whether he and his writers have lines they do not cross in their comedy, he concluded that, "at the end of the day, we're putting a movie out there, and we want it to be a good force in the world. Which is why Donald Trump gets AIDS in it."
CNN is staying true to its reputation as the "Clinton News Network," even after it released a poll on Tuesday which found that Hillary Clinton is behind competitor Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire by 27 points. The following morning, on Wednesday's CNN Newsroom, Carol Costello spotlighted how Bill Clinton was "about to take the stage to stump for his wife, Hillary Clinton — something, perhaps, that is much needed at this moment, since Hillary Clinton seems to be lagging in some of the polls that are out there."
On Friday's New Day on CNN, during a discussion of how to survive a terrorist attack from a mass shooter, CNN National Security Analyst Juliette Kayyem not only omitted any recommendation to prepare by learning to use a gun and keeping one handy, but she actually advised against fighting unless "you have no other option" after attempting to run or hide.
On Tuesday's New Day on CNN, after a report about an Illinois school district under pressure to allow a transgender student to use a girls' locker room, co-host Michaela Pereira complained that it was "frustrating" that the transgender student in question had supposedly not been consulted enough in the matter.
After co-host Chris Cuomo recalled the argument by parents concerned about having a "boy in the girls' locker room," she condescendingly asserted that "we need education" for such opponents. She also obliviously wondered, "Why is safety an issue?" as Cuomo alluded to the "risk of other kids' privacy and safety."
Wednesday's New Day on CNN spotlighted the late night shows' latest shots at the Republican presidential candidates. Michaela Pereira spotlighted how "Hillary Clinton got her own dig in. Stephen Colbert asked her about going up against Donald Trump or Ben Carson." The morning newscast also featured one-liners from NBC's Seth Meyers and TBS's Conan O'Brien, who targeted three of the GOP contenders. Chris Cuomo later hyped Mrs. Clinton "giving her best with Stephen Colbert."
Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett gushed over disgraced journalists Dan Rather and Mary Mapes on Monday's New Day on CNN. Michaela Pereira interviewed the Oscar winners about their new film, Truth, which is adaptation of Mapes's account of the Memogate scandal. Redford underlined that the apparent loyalty between Rather and Mapes "made a big impression on me." Blanchett hyped that "they're both compelling, fascinating, vital, intelligent, hilarious people."
CNN's Michaela Pereira and The Daily Beast's John Avlon heralded several clips from Hillary Clinton's past on Tuesday's New Day, and repeatedly touted her as "formidable." Pereira touted the footage as "some of the moments from her very storied career." Avlon hyped that Mrs. Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, "have been forces for change," and asserted that "the Clintons' story is about self-inflicted scandals and the remarkable resurgences."