Democrats have revealed that they are “devastated for democracy” because Jeff Zucker is no longer running CNN.
After Zucker’s abrupt resignation earlier this week, four Democratic members of Congress gave up the game during phone calls with CNN’s Washington correspondent Jamie Gangel.
In wake of Zucker’s departure, CNN held a meeting with the CEO of the parent company and the network’s stars.
During the meeting, several CNN staffers and reporters voiced their concerns about the network’s direction moving forward.
“If we had not had Jeff here during the Trump administration, we would have probably been taken out and you would have something like Fox News lite on the air right now,” Jim Acosta said.
“It’s a rather delicate time, not just for this country but this business.”
Washington correspondent Jamie Gangel said:
“I think we’ve heard a lot of corporate double talk. I think the company has made a terrible mistake by doing this.”
Gangel added that she received calls from four Democrat members of Congress, one on the Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6, “who felt devastated for our democracy” now that Zucker is no longer running the party’s mouthpiece.
“I do not think you have any appreciation for what you’ve done to this organization,” she said.
John Malone donated $250,000 to Trump’s inauguration in 2017.
Malone said as the deal to acquire CNN was getting done: “I would like to see CNN evolve back to the kind of journalism that it started with, and actually have journalists, which would be unique and refreshing.
“I do believe good journalism could have a role in this future portfolio that Discovery-TimeWarner’s going to represent.
“I would like to see CNN evolve back to the kind of journalism that it started with, and actually have journalists,” claimed John Malone, the top shareholder of Discovery, which is poised to take over the network. pic.twitter.com/QnNhQwgBY0
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) November 19, 2021
From Vanity Fair: Toward the end of the meeting, in which prominent CNN journalists went hard at Kilar over Zucker’s resignation, special correspondent Jamie Gangel spoke up.
“The first calls I got this morning were from four members of the January 6 committee, who felt devastated for our democracy, because Jeff was not going to be around to make sure that CNN is able to do its job,” she said (later clarifying to colleagues that she meant to say four congresspeople, including one member of the committee).