The Jeffrey Zucker-led CNN continued to make a fool of itself on Tuesday, downplaying the Susan Rice story of leaking/unmasking of intelligence dispatches as if it were the Zika virus. Hilariously, it’s attracted significant attention from not only the Fox News Channel but MSNBC. NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell led her eponymous MSNBC program at noon Eastern with a 16-and-a-half-minute exclusive sit-down with Rice, featuring some tough questions but little in the way of follow-up or pushback.
In an interview with New York magazine, published on Wednesday, CNN’s president Jeff Zucker painted a dark vision for the future of journalism under a President Donald Trump but touted his organization’s bright future. “It’s just unfortunate that the most powerful person in the world is trying to delegitimize journalism and an organization that plays such a vital role in our democracy,” he opined when asked by Gabriel Sherman if he felt Trump’s accusation of fake news was “harmful.”
CNN President Jeff Zucker went on the defensive Wednesday night, when a room full of campaign surrogates called him out for his network’s lopsided campaign coverage. However, as a surrogate for a former GOP candidate pointed out, the MRC has proven that CNN's track record this campaign season has been anything but defensible.
On Friday’s Cavuto: Coast to Coast, Media Research Center president Brent Bozell lashed out on the Fox Business Network (FBN) at CNN’s atrocious handling of the Donna Brazile scandal and the media’s collective refusal to report heavily on the WikiLeaks e-mails illustrating a pattern of collusion between reporters and the Clinton campaign.
If there’s ever a Donald Trump-centric TV channel, it’s likely that not all of its big names would be from the populist right, hinted What Liberal Media? author Alterman in his column for The Nation's November 14 issue. Alterman claimed that MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough “has made some of the most egregious pro-Trump arguments heard anywhere during this election cycle” and, regarding Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin, wrote, “The famous inside-baseballer has bathed himself repeatedly in Trump’s orange glow, posting romantic-style selfies with the nominee from his helicopter and defending his racist arguments about Mexicans and guns, among many other outrages.”
CNN President Jeffrey Zucker tried to dispel his network's liberal reputation in a Tuesday interview with Variety's Ramin Setoodeh. Zucker underlined that "if everybody is a little upset at the end of the day, we're probably doing our job." Setoodeh spotlighted that "part of that job, per Zucker's mandate, also has been to make CNN feel fair to viewers in red states." He added that "Zucker...tries to keep the coverage impartial. 'I think our air, as opposed to others', is truly fair and balanced,' Zucker says."
One question that many Americans wonder is whether people helping Donald Trump dominate the presidential campaign have been given favors by the billionaire. On Monday night, Buzzfeed posted a story headlined “Trump Gave $150,000 To Charity That CNN Head's Wife Helped Lead.” Of course, the subhead below it underlines that the charity is an elite private school attended by Trump’s son Baron.
In a happy-news story headlined “CNN Enjoys Outsize Ratings Boost From Presidential Race,” Wall Street Journal media reporters Keach Hagey and Nick Niedzwiadek published a surprising quote from CNN president Jeff Zucker. He admitted it was legitimate to call CNN “a little too liberal,” but now it is a “much more-balanced network.”
In a meeting with reporters that was first reported by TVNewser, CNN Worldwide president Jeffrey Zucker ruled that his network bares no responsibility for the rise of Trump and awarding the lion’s share of political coverage since “the front-runner” of any major party will “always...get a disproportionate amount of attention.”
Politico's Hadas Gold revealed on Thursday that CNN suspended correspondent Elise Labott for two weeks, after she decried the 289 to 137 vote on Syrian refugees by the House of Representatives: "House passes bill that could limit Syrian refugees. Statue of Liberty bows head in anguish".
CNN president Jeff Zucker targeted his network's competitors, MSNBC and Fox News, during a Wednesday interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Zucker returned fire in response to a 2014 claim by Fox News Channel CEO Roger Ailes that CNN is "out of the news business." The network executive retorted, "It's absurd on its face. The fact is, we're doing more news than we've ever done. We're doing more news than anybody else."
“During a CNN internal town hall Tuesday, network chief Jeff Zucker said it’s not a conflict of interest for an executive of the network to host the president and First Lady in their home,” an insider familiar with the event told TheWrap.com.
The fuss was apparently over a dinner with the Obamas at the home of CNN vice president Virginia Moseley, who's married to Thomas Nides, a former aide to Hillary Clinton at the State Department.