Two big names at CNN are about to get fired for a reason that no one saw coming
There are massive changes on the horizon for CNN.
For years, CNN was the poster child for anti-Trump fake news.
But now two big names at CNN are about to get fired for a reason that no one saw coming.
Now that the Warner Brothers-Discovery Merger is complete, Discovery CEO David Zaslav is beginning to put his stamp on CNN.
Zaslav hired Chris Licht as the new network President to replace the disgraced Jeff Zucker who resigned in the middle of a sex scandal.
Licht’s mandate is to reign in the left-wing partisanship at CNN and restore the network’s credibility to its glory days from its coverage of the first Gulf War back in 1991.
That means CNN’s left-wing opinion hosts are now under a microscope to see if they can conform to actually doing journalism and exhibiting fairness.
CNN’s new boss Chris Licht is evaluating whether personalities and programming that grew polarizing during the Trump era can adapt to the network’s new priority to be less partisan.
Why it matters: If talent cannot adjust to a less partisan tone and strategy, they could be ousted, three sources familiar with the matter tell Axios.
Details: Licht wants to give personalities that may appear polarizing a chance to prove they’re willing to uphold the network’s values so that they don’t tarnish CNN’s journalism brand.
If CNN’s on-air talent cannot adjust to the new mandates and put down their partisan swords, they will be gone, with Axios citing Jim Acosta and Brian Stelter as two of the names on the hot seat.
“Some on-air personalities, like Jim Acosta and Brian Stelter, have become the face of the network’s liberal shift to conservative critics,” Axios also reported.
This change has been rumored for months.
As the Warner Brothers-Discovery merger neared completion last year, John Malone – the biggest investor in Discovery and also Zaslav’s mentor – publicly stated his desire for CNN to go back to doing real journalism and drop all the partisan programming.
“I would like to see CNN evolve back to the kind of journalism that it started with, and actually have journalists, which would be unique and refreshing,” Malone stated.
Many critics wondered if CNN would actually adopt a down-the-middle news strategy.
Jettisoning left-wing hacks and partisans like Stelter and Acosta would send a strong signal that CNN is committed to real change.