CNN Host Reportedly Outraged Network After Being Diagnosed With COVID

( According to a report in The Daily Beast’s “Confider” media newsletter, earlier this month, CNN host Jake Tapper anchored his afternoon show “The Lead” after testing positive for COVID, and his staff was reportedly furious about it.

On May 9, just before taping his show, Tapper tested positive for COVID. Rather than immediately go home and isolate himself, Tapper went ahead and taped his show.

One staffer told The Daily Beast that Jake Tapper did this the same week “the country was mourning the millionth death” from COVID. Ironically, the US hitting the one million mark was a featured story on that day’s airing of “The Lead.”

Tapper began his at-home isolation the following day. Then on May 10, CNN’s Dana Bash acted as the fill-in host for Tapper. The next day, Tapper hosted “The Lead” from his home studio.

It all sounds particularly scandalous, doesn’t it?

But it turns out the complaining staffers are making a mountain out of a molehill.

The Daily Beast also got a comment from a CNN spokesperson who made it clear that Jake Tapper followed the company’s COVID protocol “to the letter.”

According to the spokesperson, COVID testing is voluntary for those entering the CNN offices and mandatory for those entering studios. The spokesperson said after Tapper tested positive, he notified CNN execs asking them what he should do. While he was in the building, Tapper double-masked and remained isolated, including when he did his May 9 show. Instead of broadcasting from the regular studio, Tapper did his show alone in a “flash studio,” meaning he was in an enclosed room all by himself. Once his show wrapped up, Tapper went directly home.

The CNN spokesperson told The Daily Beast that every member of “The Lead” team had been notified in advance of Tapper’s positive COVID test during the May 9 pre-show call. The few other CNN employees who had been in direct contact with Tapper during the day were also notified of his positive test.

It shouldn’t be entirely surprising that CNN employs a bunch of drama queens who are incapable of accurately assessing personal risk. There’s no way the only hysterics at CNN are the ones in front of the cameras.