If you believe what you’re hearing from liberals, CNN has gone under its new ownership from being slightly right-of-center to full-on Fox News. CNN’s online subscription service, CNN+, was pulled after less than a month, and in perhaps the biggest blow, media reporter Brian Stelter was let go. Dylan Beyers says that at least 20 CNN employees have called or texted him to say that “things have never been worse” at the network.
In the last 72 hours, at least twenty CNN employees (on-air talent, rank-and-file staff, and more) have called or texted me, many of them unsolicited, to convey that things have never been worse.
New, from @DylanByers
— Puck (@PuckNews) November 3, 2022
When Chris Licht was named chairman and chief executive of CNN, some mere eight months ago, he told employees that his boss, David Zaslav, had given him “one simple directive: to ensure that CNN remains the global leader in NEWS.” The mandate, with its all-caps emphasis on “news,” was actually more nuanced than Licht suggested, and contained within it the seeds of the Zaz-Lichtian thesis for what CNN should be, and what it shouldn’t.
It must have been tough to hear that the new boss wanted the focus to be on the news.
— SierraSpartan (@SierraSpartan) November 3, 2022
Fine. Work somewhere else.
— Timothy Wood (@nagaeboko1) November 3, 2022
Guess they should learn to code.
— Will Collier (@willcollier) November 3, 2022
Learn to coal.
— HighWeirdnessPressCorps (@hwpresscorps) November 3, 2022
Can't they just make solar panels ?
— Monger (@Mongrrr) November 3, 2022
Good, they can drown in the water they carried for the democrats.
— Brian Welshman (Parody) (@BrianWelshman) November 3, 2022
News readers there are so used to partisan lecturing, it’s gotta be tough habit to break.
— Jay Crimson (@bjb555) November 3, 2022
They can quit. That’s what people do when they don’t like the direction, culture, atmosphere of their workplace. Happens all the time.
Or … they can whine and complain.
— The DUDE (@_El_Duderino__) November 3, 2022
— Rock Hardcastle 🐻 🥃👌🏾 (@mr_r_hardcastle) November 3, 2022
They are about to, rightfully, get fired. CNN is cleaning house to save their network.
— Ben Peterson (@jazzfan71) November 3, 2022
That's what happens when your network has no talent and no ratings.
— Eman (@housered62) November 3, 2022
What did they expect? CNN was driven into the ground by political ideology. When Ted Turner created CNN they were the best, but today they are simply a bad business model which isn’t going to improve until the house is completely cleaned out.
— David (@David07882208) November 3, 2022
— Chris Valentine (@cmvalentineb) November 3, 2022
It’s not unlike the situation at Twitter … what does it say about your organization that everyone’s so upset over philosophies like “free speech” and “report the news”? These are apparently right-wing values and it’s making everybody sad.
CNN is about to get a whole lot smarter on guns https://t.co/dYZf1Tgvgf
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) October 19, 2022