CBS Journalists ‘Pissed and Raving Mad’ at Gayle King Over Yacht Vacation With Obamas

CBS host Gayle King / AP

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Veteran journalists at CBS are reportedly quite upset with network host Gayle King after she enjoyed a recent yacht vacation with Barack and Michelle Obama in Tahiti.

King, co-host of "CBS This Morning," went on a star-studded vacation with the former president and first lady, Tom Hanks, Bruce Springsteen, and her best friend Oprah Winfrey on billionaire David Geffin's 138-meter luxury yacht, called the Rising Sun.

A source told Page Six on Thursday that CBS journalists are "pissed and raving mad" at King for vacationing with the Obamas while she anchors a news program that covers the White House.

"The ‘Capital J' journalists are pissed and raving mad that she was on a yacht with the Obamas over the weekend. The old-school people were talking about it. She shouldn't be doing that," the source said. "She's an anchor of a news program that covers the White House. You're held to a different standard."

"It's one thing to be friendly. It's another thing to go vacationing on a yacht," the source added.

In particular, veteran journalist Charlie Rose, King's co-anchor on "CBS This Morning," was unhappy with King galavanting with the former first couple in French Polynesia.

"Charlie wasn't pleased. I thought he and Gayle got along, but when things like this happen, it makes the show look bad," the source told Page Six.

CBS defended King in a statement and denied its journalists are upset with the network anchor.

"There's no truth to any of that. We love Gayle King. Sounds like sour grapes," a network spokesperson said.

King is an Obama donor who gave thousands of dollars to the former president's reelection campaign.

Madeleine Weast

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Madeleine Weast is Assistant Social Media Editor for the Washington Free Beacon. She graduated from the University of Kansas in 2014. Prior to joining the Beacon, she was a Communications Fellow at The Charles Koch Institute. Madeleine is from Prairie Village, Kansas and lives in Washington, D.C. Her Twitter handle is @MadeleineWeast.

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