Jake Tapper blasts Sacklers after lawyers complain about CNN segment

Jake Tapper blasts Sacklers after lawyers complain about CNN segment
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CNN anchor Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperOmar calls out Boebert over anti-Muslim remarks, denies Capitol incident took place Republican Rep. Upton unsure if he'll run again Bass calls 'Black pastors' comment during Arbery trial 'despicable' MORE blasted members of the Sackler family after their lawyers reportedly contacted the network and complained about how it covered the premier of a documentary series that accuses it of criminal behavior relative to the Opioid crisis in America. 

"We here at CNN heard from attorneys representing the Sacklers. They took issue with a banner we ran that reflected this sentiment from writer Danny Strong about the purpose of the show Dopesick," Tapper said. 

Tapper then played a clip of Strong, a showrunner on a new Hulu series focusing on the epidemic and the Sacklers alleged role in it from an appearance on his show on Wednesday.


The Department of Justice (DOJ) moved to block Purdue Pharma’s controversial bankruptcy deal that shields members of the Sackler family from being sued in future opioid-related lawsuits. Under a proposed settlement, members of the Sackler family would give up ownership of Purdue Pharma and supply more than $4 billion in cash and charitable assets over nine years, The Hill previously reported

"We really wanted to show their crimes in many ways I wanted the show to be the trial that Purdue Pharma has not gotten," Strong said during the appearance on Tapper's show.  

Tapper said the Sacklers' lawyers asked that the network make it clear that no members of the Sackler family have faced any criminal charges. 

"The Sacklers haven't been charged," Tapper said. "And that's not to say that they won't be, or that they shouldn't be." 

Tapper noted the company has pleaded guilty to several felonies including conspiracy to defraud the United States government as part of the scandal. 

Prosecutors, Tapper noted, said the Sacklers admitted under oath that Purdue Pharma "admitted that it marketed and sold dangerous opioids to healthcare providers even though it had reason to believe those providers were diverting them to abusers." 

Representatives for members of the Sackler family did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

"The Sacklers have not been charged with any crime," Tapper concluded. "It is a fact critics find outrageous. We hope this clears up any misunderstandings. We're not going to stop covering this story."  

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misstated a portion of Tapper's remarks. Tapper in his segment said Purdue Pharma had pleaded guilty to several felonies and that the Sackler family had not been charged with any crimes.