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Finally! CNN's Brian Stelter shines a blinding spotlight on the biggest of the 'media industry scandals' out there

We’ve been waiting for CNN’s Brian Stelter to dive headfirst into CNN’s latest scandal. You know, the one with Jeff Zucker and Allison Gollust and Chris Cuomo and Andrew Cuomo.


Brian is CNN’s chief media correspondent after all.

Well, this morning, Brian indeed took a close look at the biggest media industry scandal out there right now:

Spotify and Joe Rogan. Spotify and Joe Rogan are definitely it. When we think of “media industry scandals,” we think “Spotify and Joe Rogan.” Brian Stelter has lots to discuss when it comes to Spotify and Joe Rogan.

Jeff Zucker? Jeff Zucker who?

All we need to know about Jeff Zucker is that CNN employees feel lost without him:

On Monday WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar held more meetings with CNN staffers to address Jeff Zucker‘s sudden ouster. Last week Kilar was questioned by reporters in DC and Atlanta. Today, he was challenged by reporters in New York, London and Hong Kong. Oliver Darcy and I attended the meeting in our capacities as employees, not media reporters; outside reporters were not allowed in. We didn’t take notes, but the meeting leaked to outside reporters, so we’re handing off to our editor, who was not in the room, for a recap:

Senior media editor An Phung writes: “Jason Kilar on Monday continued his appeasement tour, and it was clear that the weekend did nothing to dampen the emotional fallout stemming from Zucker’s exit. At a town hall with New York-based anchors, producers and executives, Kilar was again peppered with questions that he said he could not answer. ‘We have experienced a huge shock wave to our mental health, this has been incredibly destabilizing and unsettling,’ Alisyn Camerota said, according to a recording of the town hall that was leaked to Insider. The WSJ reported that Richard Quest questioned whether there ‘was the possibility of a more imaginative result that would’ve allowed you to keep the captain, instead of throwing the captain overboard while the ship is about to go through icebergs.’ Kilar offered few satisfying answers and said he considered the Zucker matter closed…” 

Phung continues: “Oliver Darcy and Don Lemon zeroed in on questions about Chris Cuomo‘s severance, asking whether Cuomo will get paid now, and what message that would send. Kilar wouldn’t answer repeated questioning on the matter, which is intriguing, given Zucker previously said Cuomo would not get paid. Brian Stelter asked a forward-looking question that is likely on a lot of CNN staffers’ minds: ‘Where is the global town hall’ for the rest of CNN’s thousands of employees? Why has communication been so lacking? Aside from the short initial emails about leadership changes, most of us have yet to get any facetime with Kilar. But given how much he has dodged our anchors’ grilling, I am not hopeful that our most pressing questions about what happened will be answered.”


Thank God Brian was there to ask that forward-looking question.

And thank God Brian is here to keep the focus on Spotify and Joe Rogan. And Trump, too, of course:

He never disappoints. Always meets or exceeds our worst expectations.

No. He’s not. He’s just a Real Journalist, Mr. President.


Bless your heart, Brian.

No kidding!

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