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CNN “terminates” contract with Kathy Griffin after sickening photo shoot

by | May 31, 2017

By Dave Andrusko

Kathy Griffin

Kathy Griffin

This is a true story, not one made up to coincide with the firing by CNN of “comedian” Kathy Griffin after she participated in a photo shoot in which she held a bloodied and detached replica of President Trump’s head and then posted it on a tweet.

In an email exchange with family members, I had asked if there anything–emphasis on the anything–that Trump haters could do that would be more-or-less be universally decried. To answer my own question, I said no. The same people whose most civilized comparison was to describe Trump as a Nazi would never back off.

Well, okay, perhaps for maybe a day or two. But even then, Minnesota Senator Al Franken, a former comedian who is clueless as the day is long, told CNN yesterday that Griffin could recover.

“Kathy’s a friend and she’s a terrific comedian, but this had no business being in our public discourse,” Franken says. “I think she did the right thing asking for forgiveness and acknowledging that this was a horrible mistake, so I think she can,” the Minnesota Democrat and former “Saturday Night Live” writer told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on “New Day.”

And, oh by way,

Franken says he still plans to appear with Griffin in July as part of a promotion tour for his new book.

Even someone who loathes President Trump, Griffin’s New Year’s Eve buddy Anderson Cooper, agreed Griffin had stepped over some line:

President Trump tweeted this response

For the record, what did CNN do? “CNN has terminated our agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear on our New Year’s Eve program.” How long before she is rehabilitated? A week? A month?

Three additional quick thoughts. First Griffin did apologize. Everyone will have to decide for themselves if there was even an ounce of contrition for every 100 pounds of damage-control.

Second, “Griffin was apparently inspired by a scene from a 2011 episode of Game of Thrones, which featured the severed head of former president George W. Bush,” wrote Dave Berg, who co-produced the Jay Leno show for 18 years. “Producers later apologized for the shot and edited it out of later screenings.”

Third, “Shock artists like Griffin are merely poseurs hiding behind the guise of humor while avoiding the hard work of coming up with real thought-provoking comedic material,’ Berg observed. “Instead, they just continuously blur the boundaries of good taste. The social media storm that shut down Griffin represents a small but important step in preserving what little civility we have left.”

Griffin was not the least bit sorry (she responded to the initial criticism by doubling down) until even her usual allies (including Chelsea Clinton) said she had gone too far.

I’d like to think Berg is correct but the hatred on the Left for President Trump is so unhinged, I fear the escalating tastelessness and hints at violence will only grow.

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