CNN’s employees are reportedly “freaking out” as the network’s new boss cracks down on the culture of anti-journalism and propaganda.
Despite a slump in the ratings, Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav said at the annual Allen & Co retreat in Sun Valley, Idaho, that he will continue the course he is on to make the network less partisan and sensational.
According to the New York Post, Zaslav’s agenda has CNN’s staff sweating bullets.
CNN’s stars such as Jim Acosta, Chris Wallace, and Brian Stelter are under mounting pressure to deliver the goods under the new format or they won’t last.
Zaslav, whose company owns CNN, Warner Bros., HBO, Animal Planet, and TLC, said of the changing media landscape: “That means, I think, a lot of opportunity.
“And Warner Bros. Discovery’s got great, quality content.
“So I think the world has changed.
“And it’s not about how much, it’s about how good.
“And so we’re pretty excited about our new company and getting to see everybody in this beautiful setting.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun.
“I think Chris is doing a great job pivoting CNN.
“America needs a news network where everybody can come and be heard; Republicans, Democrats.
“I think you’re seeing more of that at CNN.
“I think it’s the greatest news brand in the world with the greatest journalists.
“And we’re going to lean into that.
“We’re not going to look at the ratings and, in the long run, it’s going to be worth more.”
“‘Stranger Things’ is a great, great, terrific show.
“And Netflix is a great company; Reed and Ted.
“And I think if we do quality content that people love– we’ve got to create more content that people will pay for before they’ll pay for dinner or they’ll rush home to see.
“And that’s our focus,” he said.
“Great storytelling and that’s what Netflix is focused on.
“And I think if we continue to do great content, we’ll do great.”
NY Post Report Says CNN Employees ‘Freaking Out’ as Ratings Nosedive https://t.co/NmNENNxquk
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) July 8, 2022
From The New York Post:
But one well-placed source told The Post that the ratings have taken a hit due in part to removing such “sensational” and “delicious” details that have become commonplace in cable news.
“The problem is we are not a neutral country,” the source said. “The ratings are getting worse because they are taking out all the bells and whistles. CNN’s ratings are as bad as local news ratings.”
“New management is not freaking out but everyone else at CNN is,” the source added. “They want to fix the shows first, but they don’t realize the shows and ratings are connected.”