Sick, dying and raped in America’s nursing homes – a CNN Investigation
February 22nd, 2017
10:54 AM ET

Sick, dying and raped in America’s nursing homes – a CNN Investigation

They go to nursing homes to be cared for. Instead, the unthinkable is happening at facilities across the country: Vulnerable seniors are being raped and sexually abused by the very people paid to care for them.

Senior Writers Blake Ellis and Melanie Hicken provide a shocking and detailed account of the rape and sexual abuse occurring in nursing homes across the country — and the systemic failures of nursing homes and state regulators to stop it.

The graphic reports of abuse they uncovered are horrifying.  

  • 83-year-old Sonja Fischer fled war-time Indonesia as a young girl only to be raped by a nursing assistant during the “final, most vulnerable days of her life."
  • An 88-year-old California woman only had sex with one man her entire life - her husband of nearly 70 years —  then contracted a sexually transmitted disease from her alleged rapist.
  • One elderly man with paralysis was sexually abused and forced to eat feces out of his adult diapers by a group of nursing aides.


CNN Debuts an Oscar Video Project “Creators”
February 21st, 2017
09:32 AM ET

CNN Debuts an Oscar Video Project “Creators”

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Natalie Portman, Sarah Jessica Parker – You know their work, now hear their stories.

CNN Entertainment sat down with with some of Hollywood's most talented actors and Oscar-nominees to discuss their path to success, creative approach to filmmaking and their inspiration. 

Explore the series of intimate videos from 2017 Oscar nominated artists at

Topics: CNN • CNN Digital • Entertainment
CNN To Host Debate Night: Democratic Leadership Debate on Feb. 22
February 17th, 2017
04:18 PM ET

CNN To Host Debate Night: Democratic Leadership Debate on Feb. 22

Dana Bash and Chris Cuomo Moderate Debate with Democratic National Committee Chair Candidates

CNN will host Debate Night: Democratic Leadership Debate with candidates for chair of the Democratic National Committee at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

CNN chief political correspondent Dana Bash and New Day anchor Chris Cuomo will moderate the primetime event live from the CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia just days before the Democratic Party chooses a new national leader. The candidates will debate their visions and strategies for the 2018 midterm elections, how to rebuild the Democratic Party and the role of the DNC under the Trump administration.

The live event will air on CNN, CNN en Español, CNN International, CNNgo, Westwood One Radio Network and on CNN Channel 116 on Sirius XM.


CNN PRESENTS “All Access at NBA All-Star Weekend: A CNN-Bleacher Report Special”
February 17th, 2017
03:09 PM ET

CNN PRESENTS “All Access at NBA All-Star Weekend: A CNN-Bleacher Report Special”

Hosted by CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield and NBA TV Analyst Steve Smith

Airs Saturday, February 18th at 2:30PM/ET

From the heart of New Orleans on Bourbon Street, CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield and NBA TV Analyst and CNN Sports Contributor Steve Smith give viewers an all access look at the NBA All-Star weekend, where the world’s biggest basketball stars come together to celebrate the NBA on a global stage.

The half-hour program will feature an interview with 9-time NBA All-Star and LA Clippers Point Guard Chris Paul who talks about his deep connection to the people of New Orleans and using his voice to impact social change. St. Augustine high school legendary former coach Bernard Griffith and famed alumnus Avery Johnson, who played for the NBA and is the current head coach at the University of Alabama, also sit down with CNN to share the life lessons they learned while playing basketball. St. Augustine high school in New Orleans played a big role in battling segregation in the city.

New Orleans Pelicans Assistant Coach Robert Pack who grew up in New Orleans’ 9th Ward, played professional basketball there and now coaches in the city, gives CNN a personal tour of New Orleans. Additionally, CNN Sports correspondent Andy Scholes captures the spirit of New Orleans with Mardi Gras also taking place this weekend.

All Access at NBA All-Star Weekend: A CNN-Bleacher Report Special” airs on CNN, Saturday, February 18th, at 2:30PM/ET.


Topics: CNN
CNN Politics brings you COVER/LINE
February 17th, 2017
01:19 PM ET

CNN Politics brings you COVER/LINE

CNN Politics announced today the debut of COVER/LINE, your way to experience politics like Washington does – behind the scenes when the mics are turned off, by CNN’s Kate Bennett and Hunter Schwarz. COVER/LINE will not only be your new favorite lunch date, providing you with a daily dose of politics meets pop culture, it will also bring you a weekly podcast and Instagram updates.

With Bennett’s background in fashion and lifestyle, and Schwarz’s background in entertainment, COVER/LINE offers a unique take on traditional political news by covering Washington through the lens of culture and entertainment, brought to you on three different platforms.

Catch COVER/LINE’s first issue launching on February 21, and listen to their podcast weekly starting on February 24, at, as well as iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio or your favorite podcast app.

Subscribe here and follow COVER/LINE:

The History of Comedy is CNN's Third Best Original Series Launch of All Time
February 13th, 2017
04:51 PM ET

The History of Comedy is CNN's Third Best Original Series Launch of All Time

CNN’s The History of Comedy (10-11pm) ranked #2 in cable news last night among adults 25-54 according to Nielsen Fast National data.  The program averaged 566k, +21% more than MSNBC’s 468k, while Fox News had 673k.  In total viewers, CNN averaged 1.442 million, MSNBC had 2.166 million and Fox News registered 3.010 million.

In prime time among total viewers, CNN had 1.567 million, MSNBC averaged 2.084 million and Fox News posted 3.566 million.

Last Thursday's (2/9) premiere ranked fourth in adults 25-54 among all CNN Original Series telecasts, only behind the premieres of Race for the White House (JFK vs. Nixon – 843k; Lincoln vs. Douglas – 634k) and The Eighties (Raised on Television – 598k).  In total viewers, the series was #3 among all CNN Original Series telecasts ever.  The next episode, "The Funnier Sex" all about women in comedy, will premiere Thursday, Feb. 16, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

The History of Comedy is executive produced by Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner (Hazy Mills) with Emmy Award winners Mark Herzog and Christopher G. Cowen (Herzog & Company).

Source:  The Nielsen Company, Fast Nationals time period-based data for Thursday, February 9, 2017.

CNN Presents "The First Time I Realized I was Black…”
February 10th, 2017
01:28 PM ET

CNN Presents "The First Time I Realized I was Black…”

In W.E.B Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk, he talks about the first time he realized his skin color made him different. CNN has turned that simple narrative into a powerful compilation of personal stories on race.

Featuring over 25 celebrities and artists like Doug E Fresh, Jason George, Montel Williams and CNN talent like Kamau Bell, Van Jones, Don Lemon, Sara Sidner and Stephanie Elam, the project showcases some of the most prominent voices and their stories about the moment they realized they were black – and how their skin color affected how people saw or treated them.

Explore the interactive featuring animated videos and opinion pieces online and across CNN’s television and social platforms.

Follow and join the conversation using the hashtag #realizediwasblack

CNN Now Available on Google Home
February 9th, 2017
10:22 AM ET

CNN Now Available on Google Home

Google Home owners now have access to CNN through the first Action that delivers topic-based TV coverage in near-real time on the device. 

The CNN “Action” features audio news straight from CNN’s world-class anchors and reporters around the globe. Content from the likes of Anderson Cooper, Wolf Blitzer, and John King are available as soon as 5 minutes after broadcast. The Action helps users quickly discover the latest stories CNN is covering and dive into any one of them for CNN’s full broadcast audio coverage powered by CNNgo.

“We’re excited to grow CNN’s suite of products in the voice services space by bringing our real-time, conversational news experience to Google Home,” said Joshua Silverboard, Sr. Director for Emerging Products at CNN.  “Google Home and other voice platforms like it are creating new paths to bring personal, engaging experiences to our audiences. Our custom action on Google Home and the platform that powers it are early in their evolution, but this product is a great example of CNN’s continued efforts to reach and engage our audiences in unique ways, wherever they are.”

Google Home owners can receive the latest top news stories from CNN by simply speaking phrases like, “OK Google, let me talk to CNN”; “OK Google, ask CNN for the latest stories.”; or “OK Google, ask CNN for the latest on President Trump.”

The new action compliments CNN’s previously launched Narrated News on Google Home, which features a daily morning and evening audio news briefing on the latest headlines in three minutes or less. CNNgo is a next-generation product that gives viewers unprecedented control over their TV news experience, and is also available on Amazon Alexa,, CNN’s iPad app and on Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV. 

February 8th, 2017
02:11 PM ET


CNN’s Debate Night:  Sanders vs. Cruz:  The Future of Obamacare (9-10:45pm) ranked #1 in cable news last night among adults 25-54 according to Nielsen Fast National data.  Moderated by Jake Tapper and Dana Bash, the debate with Sens. Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders averaged 932k, +29% more than Fox News’ 720k and a +124% advantage over MSNBC’s 417k among 25-54.  In total viewers, the substantive policy debate averaged 2.464 million, MSNBC followed with 1.945 million and Fox News registered 3.391 million.

CNN was also #1 last night in prime time (8-11pm) in the demo.  Among adults 25-54, CNN averaged 782k, Fox News followed with 732k and MSNBC trailed with 385k.  In total viewers, CNN ranked #2 in prime time with 2.082 million, MSNBC had 1.750 million and Fox News averaged 3.599 million.

This debate ranked above all CNN non-election town hall premieres in both total viewers and adults 25-54.

Source:  The Nielsen Company, Fast Nationals time period-based data for Tuesday, February 7, 2017.


Topics: CNN Press Releases • Ratings
Content Media Corporation and CNN Films Announce Acquisitions for ‘ELIÁN’ Film
February 6th, 2017
07:15 AM ET

Content Media Corporation and CNN Films Announce Acquisitions for ‘ELIÁN’ Film

CNN Films confirms acquisition of U.S. and Canadian broadcast exhibition rights, Content Media Corporation acquires international distribution rights, from Fine Point Films


Los Angeles, CA, February 06, 2017Content Media Corporation and CNN Films have announced their acquisitions of content rights for the gripping new documentary, ELIÁN, co-directed by Tim Golden and Ross McDonnell, and executive produced by Academy Award®-winner Alex Gibney.

CNN Films has acquired television broadcast and CNN-branded authenticated television exhibition rights from Fine Point Films for ELIÁN in the U.S. and Canada. Content Media Corporation has acquired international sales rights to the film.

Content’s president of film, Jamie Carmichael and executive vice president for sales and distribution, Jonathan Ford, will introduce ELIÁN to distributors at the European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin next week.

ELIÁN is the remarkable story of Elián Gonzalez, a five-year-old Cuban boy plucked from the Florida Straits, and how the fight for his future changed the course of U.S.-Cuba relations. Featuring powerful personal testimony, candid interviews, and an extraordinary news archive, this riveting documentary recounts Elián’s remarkable rescue on Thanksgiving Day in November 1999, after his mother and 10 others fleeing Cuba perished at sea.  The custody battle between the boy’s Cuban father and his Miami-based relatives, and the momentous political fight that came to surround it, changed the course of history.

Trevor Birney (“Bobby Sands: 66 Days”) produced the film through his Fine Point Films banner. Amy Entelis, executive vice president for talent and content development for CNN Worldwide is an executive producer for ELIÁN. Courtney Sexton, vice president for CNN Films, is supervising producer.

“Tim’s and Ross’ thoughtful film will receive broad international exhibition for audiences around the world through this partnership with Content Media Corporation,” said Entelis.

Offering a never-before-seen intimate portrait of Elián today, the film is a story of family and the challenges of reconciliation. The wounds of this once-close family reflect the wider divisions of the Cuban people, and the complicated relations between Cuba and the United States.  The film also explores the possibility that there might finally be peace for the family, and the two nations, some 17 years after these events.


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