Brian Stelter, Jake Tapper, and Don Lemon have to be sweating bullets right now, as the new big boss, implemented by Discovery, has just announced, in no uncertain terms that “quick eliminations” are coming.
This announcement is hot on the heels of the new Discovery team clarifying again that they want to reverse what Jeff Zucker did to the once-respected network.
Jeff turned CNN from a legit news station into a complete and total clown show that gets pummeled in the ratings and is the butt of jokes up and down the internet.
Now, the man who is taking Zucker’s place, Chris Licht, has made it clear eliminations are coming.
Bizpacreview reported that under Zucker, the self-proclaimed “most trusted name in news” degenerated into a stew of sensationalism, fake news, conspiracy-mongering, and race-baiting that alienated viewers to the extent that its lineup is regularly pummeled by competitors who didn’t turn their studios into a clown show.
“CNN will dial down the prime-time partisanship and double down on the network’s news-gathering muscle, top sources tell me,” reported Mike Allen of Axios on what can be expected when it comes to the future at the network which could see a return to the glory days of actual news reporting and a departure from the angry and judgmental hyper-partisanship that became the dominant fare under Zucker.
In his letter to CNN staff, Licht reportedly wrote, “I look forward to getting to know all of you and hearing your candid thoughts and feedback. Our viewers demand the truth from us, and I want to learn the truth from you. Together, we will double-down on what’s working well and quickly eliminate what’s not.”
He added, “I know you have a lot of questions. Perhaps the biggest one is how will CNN change? The honest answer is that I don’t know yet. David Zaslav has given me one simple directive: To ensure that CNN remains the global leader in NEWS as part of Warner Bros. Discovery,” the emphasis on the word NEWS can’t be a good sign for a number of the network’s current stable of opinionated, leftist on-air personalities who must be trembling in fear.
The new hire was announced by CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter who may or may not be around much longer depending on how dramatic the changes that new management intends to make, but if the emphasis is on becoming less partisan, it may be wise to polish up his resume.
Tapper, might be safe, I am not sure – but I know that he and Chris Wallace don’t get along very well, and Tapper has been known to get into the fake news/TDS mud-slinging.
Wallace has TDS too, but he’s still holding on to his reputation as a “real journalist,” mainly because Wallace doesn’t have a Twitter account and doesn’t get mixed up in online drama as Tapper often does.
But Don Lemon and Brian Stelter have to be the top two names on the list to go.
We’ve heard reports that Brian is already telling his friends that he knows his days are numbered.
I guess we’ll see how drastic of a change the new guys plan to make at CNN. If they’re really serious about winning people back, and also snatching some of those Fox viewers, they absolutely must get rid of TDS loons like Brian and Don.
They’ll never be taken seriously with two clowns like that on board.
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