CNN’s New CEO Chris Licht has apparently reached his limit and trashed “the uninformed vitriol” of “the Left” over the “stunning” response to changes he’s made at the network.
Speaking during a new interview with The New York Times, Licht also blasted the “name-calling, half-truths, and desperation” that “passes for news” from today’s corporate media.
Licht became CEO of CNN earlier this year, promising major changes at the embattled network.
He cut thousands of jobs, canceled the Chirs Wallace-led streaming service, and shuffled the primetime lineup.
However, despite the changes, the ratings are still terrible.
“The uninformed vitriol, especially from the left, has been stunning,” Licht told the Times.
“Which proves my point: So much of what passes for news is name-calling, half-truths, and desperation.”
Licht said his vision is for the network to offer a “rational conversation about polarizing issues,” so viewers can “take what they’ve heard to the dinner table and have a discussion.”
He said: “I want CNN to be essential to society.
“If you’re essential then the revenue will follow.
“That’s a dream of mine.
“Maybe it won’t work.
“But I’d rather try to win this way.”
Hardcore media leftist Keith Olbermann responded to the interview by taking credit for the “uninformed vitriol” that Licht was referring to.
Please enjoy many paragraphs of CNN's henchman Chris Licht portraying himself as The Real Victim Here™️
"The uninformed vitriol" he refers to is mine. It's hardly uninformed. I worked with him- and was the victim of his meddlesome schemes -for four yearshttps://t.co/GvTOP0o2QF pic.twitter.com/NPczXANMrT
— Keith Olbermann's Dogs (@TomJumboGrumbo) December 18, 2022
Since joining CNN, Licht shook up the network’s morning lineup by moving host Don Lemon, an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, out of his primetime slot and into “CNN This Morning.”
On moving Don Lemon to the morning show with Kaitlyn Collins and Poppy Harlow he said:
“They obviously like each other.
“The chemistry is great. I love the collaboration.
“Every day, it evolves. It’s not like me giving orders. It’s so much fun.”
The Education of CNN’s Chris Licht https://t.co/566Yoen0WQ
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) December 18, 2022