And perhaps, following the Peter Principle, Tesei could become a CNN reporter – there’s probably a vacancy opening up


Wipe the vomit off her and she cleans up good

Arwa Damon -wipe the vomit off her and she cleans up good

Drunken CNN reporter  bites EMS responders trying to help her, blames it on too much heat, not enough food. Uh huh.

The State Department launched an investigation after a foreign ​correspondent ​for CNN ​allegedly bit two medical workers​ ​during a drunken fit at the US Embassy​ in Baghdad​.

Senior international correspondent A​rwa Damon was said to be intoxicated and abusive to medics stationed on the grounds of the embassy, and bit both EMTs on their forearms as they tried to treat her on July 19, ​according to a $2 million lawsuit​ they filed against Damon and CNN in Manhattan on Monday​.

The papers say Damon, 36, bit EMT​​s Tracy Lamar and Charles Simons as they tried to help her, before threatening them and saying she was a “major reporter for CNN.” The suit claims CNN hired Damon knowing she “has a history of becoming intoxicated and then abusive,” and a “penchant for violence even when sober.”

A source tells Page Six, “The State Department prepared a report on the incident, which was sent to CNN.” But Damon continued working for the network, where we’re told she is well-regarded.

Page Six can also reveal a sobered-up Damon later wrote a groveling apology to US Embassy staff about her “disastrous behavior,” which she claims she doesn’t fully remember.

She said in an e-mail: “It’s been an extremely stressful time, I was exhausted, I had not had proper food all day and clearly miscalculated how my body would handle the alcohol consumed … Needless to say, I am utterly mortified and take full responsibility for my actions, which are inexcusable.”

She added, “I am being filled in on the details of my behavior. I am beyond embarrassed. My actions and words were entirely out of my character, and I hope that everyone can at some point forgive me.”

UPDATE: Arwa Damon has returned from Baghdad and is now in Pittsburg.


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17 responses to “And perhaps, following the Peter Principle, Tesei could become a CNN reporter – there’s probably a vacancy opening up

  1. Art Layton

    Two EMTs are suing? What for? This type of injury happens all the time to emergency medical staff on the road and in hospitals. I guess they figure her employer has money so they can cash in.

    • anonamoo

      totally agree. CNN was quoted as saying they weren’t even aware there was a lawsuit, or so they told Politico.

      I’m going to give her the benefit of the doubt here. She’s quite accomplished, well-educated, etc. She was even just given the 014 Courage In Journalism Award, whatever that means. She’ll need courage now, if the lawsuit goes forward, which it should not.

      • anon2

        If networks didn’t hire foreign correspondents with previous history of whatever, there would be no correspondents. It’s a grueling job, up at all hours to report when US TV needs to air your story. It’s lonely, stressful in a war zone. I’d drink and bite too. She sounds truly mortified at her behavior. Not worthy of a lawsuit, unless she was found to be carrying the Ebola virus.

    • Publius

      Just because something occurs does not mean it is acceptable regardless of profession and circumstance. In this case it is particularity egregious because the woman apparently had a history. I am sure if someone or something (pit bull) took a hunk out of Art Layton, there would be repercussions, no? Besides should could be rabid, she is a reporter for CNN……

  2. Cos Cobber

    She looks older than 36…more like early 40s in that photo.

  3. anon2

    My comment was meant as a response to Publius.

    • Publius

      If you can’t take the heat, cut grass for a living, It’s a free country no one is making you be a foreign correspondent. If you decide to do it suck it up and don’t make excuses

  4. Compare and contrast:
    Arwa Damon, reporter, entitled dumbass, democrat, drunk, bites those who try to help her….
    Ronald Reagan, President, shot and in the hospital, is discovered by nurses on his hands and knees trying to mop up a splash of water he spilled under the sink, just so that the hospital orderlies wouldn’t have to do the task……

  5. Anonymous Citizenette

    When I’m hungry I bite first and start asking questions later. Seriously, how detached from reality and unwilling to accept responsibility for yourself do you have to be when you have to be briefed on your own bad behavior, as if you weren’t even there? But at least she asked for forgiveness……

    • She had to be briefed on her bad behavior because she was in an alcoholic blackout and truly doesn’t remember what she did. That’s usually not a good sign.

      • Anonymous Citizenette

        No it ain’t….. I did plenty of drinking in my (ahem) younger days but never hit blackout stage. Surely her PR flack will advise her that Washington and Hollywood etiquette demands she now announce an obligatory stint in rehab. Then all is forgiven of course.

        • Actually, if she does have a drinking problem, and it sounds as though she may, I hope she does get some help. It’s not just celebrities who head for rehab and, when it sticks, it can be a complete life saver and even a life-transformer. From what I read about the publicist/agent for that Bieber kid, for instance, he was desperate to get the child to rehab to save his life, not (just) his career. Too bad for Bieber, he hasn’t hit bottom yet because often, the sound of hitting the bottom is “splat”. Finito.

        • Bieber has that FU money.
          Hard to fall flat when the landing is cash that prints cash on its printed cash.

  6. Anonymous

    Her drinking sounds like it was the gateway to bath salts, where biting other humans like filet mignon is all the rage.

  7. My 21st birthday I did what you’re supposed to do.
    Only I didn’t blackout per say…
    After stumbling, err..being carried across the street I’m search of munchies after the bar, I found myself sitting upon a parking stop outside of a CVS.
    Pringles in hand, they never did quite make it to my mouth…I lost the ability to raise it from jar to jugular. Instead they crumbled in my grasp as I apologized to the patrolling officer for my inability to do anything whatsoever.
    They brought me back to the dorm, & some Mormon chick undressed and bathed me.
    No puking, and no biting, we’ll… maybe just a little.

  8. Bob

    I hope this incident shows Ms. Damon that she’s an alcoholic and she gets the help she needs before she throws her career away. She wouldn’t be the first reporter who has a problem with booze.