There was a massive shakeup at CNN.
It was bigger than first reported.
And a huge sex scandal forced a big change at CNN that no one saw coming.
WarnerMedia boss Jason Kilar forced out CNN president Jeff Zucker claiming Zucker failed to disclose the affair he carried out with CNN marketing executive Allison Gollust.
Zucker and Gollust also allegedly concealed their involvement in helping New York Governor Andrew Cuomo conduct himself during his daily COVID press briefings as well as his interviews on CNN.
But Zucker’s resignation is already being felt in the editorial content of CNN.
Zucker famously ran a morning editorial conference call where Zucker helped shape the network’s programming for the upcoming day.
One of Zucker’s big issues was canceling Fox News Channel.
In a 2017 interview with The New Yorker’s David Remnick, Zucker falsely claimed Fox News Channel was “state TV” and that CNN was an objective news network.
“Certainly in prime time and in the morning, Fox is state-run TV, and is extolling the line out of the White House. MSNBC has become the opposition. And I think CNN is seeking the truth,” Zucker stated.
Zucker possessed ideological and professional reasons for wanting to see Fox News censored.
Fox News was the biggest entity in the corporate media that repeatedly undercut outlets like CNN that operated like left-wing propaganda and entertainment networks.
Silencing Fox News would mean CNN – and other left-wing outlets – would have free run to shape the political narratives in America in the most beneficial way possible to the Democrat Party.
And from a practical perspective, Fox News is the number one rated cable news channel and a direct competitor to CNN.
Crippling Fox News would free up CNN to attract a bigger audience.
But without Zucker writing the script, the CNN obsession with Fox News Channel faded as mentions of Fox News on CNN’s air plummeted by two-thirds.
“In January, CNN mentioned ‘Fox’ on-air an average of 100 times per week. But in the first three weeks of February, the average number of ‘Fox’ mentions dwindled by two-thirds down to 34. If one looks at average daily mentions, Fox was uttered roughly 13 times per day from Jan. 1 to Feb. 2, and five times per day, on average, since,” Mediaite’s Colby Hall wrote.
There was no media outlet in America more dedicated to the idea of corporate censorship of free speech than CNN.
While the on-air talent at CNN no doubt supports the idea of social media and cable companies censoring speech in the name of combatting so-called “misinformation,” it does appear that the CNN attacks on Fox News were an editorial mandate handed down from on high by Jeff Zucker.
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