CNN held one closed door meeting that Jim Acosta is going to hate

The behind-the-scenes changes at CNN continue apace.

New management wants to shift the programming.

And CNN held one closed door meeting that Jim Acosta is going to hate.

New CNN network President Chris Licht met with lawmakers from both parties and tried to pitch a new CNN as an outlet where all sides of the political spectrum could receive a fair hearing.

Axios reports:

CNN CEO Chris Licht met with a handful of senior congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle on Capitol Hill on Tuesday in an effort to strengthen the network’s relationships with key lawmakers, many of whom have turned sour on cable news, sources familiar with the meetings told Axios.

The big picture: Licht has been vocal about his push to lead CNN away from what critics have described as partisan and alarmist programming in favor of neutral journalism and balanced debate.

Details: The network boss met with a little less than a dozen lawmakers, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Republican Whip John Thune (R-S.D.), Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).

New Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav tasked Licht with reigning in the left-wing partisanship on CNN’s air.

Licht has already made some changes, such as reducing the number of “breaking news” banners on-air and telling talent not to use the phrase “The Big Lie” to describe Donald Trump’s claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election because that phrase is associated with the Democrat Party.

Licht and Zaslav are also rumored to consider letting any on-air talent who are unable to adjust to the new CNN mandate of going back to journalism and not resistance performance art go when their contracts expire.

That’s bad news for CNN talents like Don Lemon, Jim Acosta, and Brian Stelter.

Acosta was one of the centerpieces of disgraced former CNN President Jeff Zucker’s vision for the network.

Acosta – and Don Lemon – are vocal about their false claim that the Republicans represent a threat to democracy and want to impose autocracy on America.

They also do not believe Republicans – unless they are hardcore Never-Trumpers – belong on the air at CNN.

Licht and Zaslav would like to change that in some small way.

And these meetings in Washington, D.C. were a first step.

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