Donald Trump got the last laugh over CNN.
Six years ago, former CNN President Jeff Zucker decided declaring war on Donald Trump was the network’s central mission.
And Donald Trump just forced this huge change at CNN.
Donald Trump got sweet revenge over CNN.
CEO Chris Licht – who replaced Zucker after Zucker resigned following a sex scandal – quit after just 16 months on the job.
Dylan Byers of Puck News wrote:
In the next 48 hours, I’m told, Warner Bros. Discovery will announce that Licht will be stepping down as chairman and C.E.O. of CNN, ostensibly bringing an end to one of the most turbulent periods in the network’s 43-year history.
Licht will be replaced for an interim period by Amy Entelis, the revered longtime CNN executive, talent whisperer and CNN Films chief who served as a loyal deputy for years to Licht’s predecessor, Jeff Zucker. Entelis, who is 72, will oversee all programming and editorial matters—and, perhaps more importantly, shore up staff morale—while Zaz works to recruit a new chief executive.
CNN talent whined about the mandate Warner Bros. Discovery boss David Zaslav handed Licht to pull CNN back to the center and create an environment where Trump-supporting Republicans could appear on CNN’s air.
But the tipping point appeared to be Licht’s decision to broadcast a town hall event with Donald Trump.
The event was supposed to give GOP voters in New Hampshire a chance to ask Trump about the issues that matter to them so they can make the most informed vote possible in the presidential primary.
Instead, liberal moderator Kaitlan Collins harassed Trump with questions of great interest to left-wing journalists about January 6 and the 2020 election that GOP voters don’t care about.
Trump bulldozed his way through Collins’ biased, left-wing “gotcha” questions and the crowd cheered and laughed along with Trump’s answers.
CNN’s Oliver Darcy spoke for the anti-Trump fanatics inside CNN when he flamed Licht’s decision to broadcast a Trump town hall.
“It’s hard to see how America was served by the spectacle of lies that aired on CNN Wednesday evening,” Darcy wrote in the ridiculously misnamed Reliable Sources newsletter.
When Licht finally resigned Byers wrote that the Trump town hall represented a point of no return for Licht where he lost the liberal employees’ confidence.
Byers reported that Licht’s critics thought CNN should have pre-taped the event so CNN could censor Trump in the post-production process.
“Nearly four weeks after the Trump town hall, there is still agita inside the network about how it was handled. Talent said the interview with the former president should have been pretaped instead of live, so that it could be edited appropriately, according to people familiar with their thinking,” Byers wrote.
In the end, the woke, left-wing employees at CNN would not accept working in an environment where they had to nominally try to cover both sides of a debate fairly and deliver an accurate presentation of the debate on the issues of the day.
Donald Trump broke CNN because those working at CNN think their job is not to cover the news but to produce pro-Democrat Party fan service.
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