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TV briefs: Trump vs. CNN, Justin Ross Harris' ex-wife speaks, new Fox 5 meteorologist

This was posted Thursday, February 8, 2017 by Rodney Ho on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Donald Trump Thursday at a press conference went after Atlanta-based CNN at least five times.

TVNewser recounted each instance, with an extensive critique of former Atlantan Don Lemon's show at 10 p.m., without referencing his name.

Look  at your show that goes  on at 10 p.m. Y ou just take a look at that  show. That  is a constant hit on me. The  panel is almost always  exclusive anti-Trump. The  good news is he doesn’t have  good ratings, but the panel is  almost exclusive anti-Trump. The  hatred and venom coming  from his mouth. The  hatred coming from other  people on your network. Now I  will say this, I watch it. I  see it. I  am amazed by it. I  just think you’d be a lot  better off, I honestly do. The  public gets it. When  I go to rallies they turn  around and start screaming at CNN . They  want to throw their  placards at CNN. I  think you’d do much better by  being different. J ust take a look, take  a look at some of your  shows in the morning and the  evening. If  a guest comes out and says  something positive about me,  it’s brutal.
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: Don Lemon attends the 2014 CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at the American Museum of Natural History on November 18, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

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Leanna Taylor, the ex-wife of Justin Ross Harris, returns to the stand for her cross examination during Harris' murder trial at the Glynn County Courthouse in Brunswick, Ga., on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016. (screen capture via WSB-TV) WSB-TV

In a follow up to their recent "20/20" special on Justin Ross Harris, ABC News has landed an interview with his ex wife Leanna Taylor that will air Friday evening. The AJC also secured an interview with her. You can read that here on myajc.com.

Taylor was doubly victimized. She not only lost her toddler son Cooper when Harris left him in a hot car but also endured testimony about his double life cheating on her in the press and in court. The revelations were a factor leading to their divorce.

Until now, she has remained largely silent outside her courtroom testimony. She will defend herself regarding charges by some observers that she might have colluded with Harris. She was never charged by prosecutors. She'll also talk about her son Cooper.

On the stand last fall, Taylor told the jury although she was "humiliated" and "may never trust anyone again," she didn't think Harris killed his son on purpose. But that didn't stop the jury from sentencing him to life in prison without possibility of parole.

"His is anybody’s story who’s been betrayed by their spouse, who has been betrayed by the justice system," she told ABC News' Amy Robach. "The only thing that I can do right now is to offer hope in a world that doesn't have much right now.”

The report also includes home videos of Cooper and interviews with prosecutor Chuck Borin and Taylor's attorney Lawrence Zimmerman. "20/20" airs Friday, February 17 at 10 p.m. on ABC.

Our own AJC reporter Christian Boone also talked with "20/20" about the case.

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ryan-beesley

"Good Day Atlanta" has named a new weekend meteorologist Ryan Beesley, replacing Adam Klotz, who recently left for Fox News.

He will join Kaitlyn Pratt on weekend mornings for Fox 5 and will also make appearances on the noon Fox 5 newscast on weekdays. He is part of a team led by David Chandley, Joanne Feldman and Jeff Hill.

Most recently, Beesley was a weekend meteorologist for WATE in Knoxville, TN. Before that, he was weekend meteorologist for WALB in Albany and WLOX in Biloxi, MS.

Born in New Hampshire, Beesley spent his childhood in Minnesota and Atlanta. He graduated the University of South Alabama with a B.S. in broadcast meteorology.

“It’s always been my dream to return home and work in Atlanta," he said in the press release. "I knew I wanted to be a meteorologist at a young age, and I remember being glued to my TV watching former chief meteorologist Ken Cook on Fox 5 and meteorologist David Chandley hoping to be like them one day.

 

 

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Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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