Brian Stelter’s Sign Off Hints to CNN’s Uncertain Future: It’s Not Partisan to Stand Up to Demagogs

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Brian Stelter, a departing CNN anchor, suggested that the gloves were off at the start of the final installment of his Sunday program, Reliable Sources. My script has not been previewed by anyone from CNN management. They don’t know what I’m going to say, he said at the beginning of the episode, a farewell speech that Stelter delivered after learning last week that CNN had decided to end its longest-running program, a 30-year-old media affairs show, and that Stelter, the company man who had hosted it for the previous nine years, would be leaving the network as a result. It was occasionally unclear whether Stelter himself knew why his show was being cancelled, according to Columbia Journalism Review’s Jon Allsop noted , even when he asked Insider media correspondent Claire Atkinson during a panel discussion if she had any information on the subject. Stelter thanked CNN (and its previous CEO, Jeff Zucker) for the opportunity they had given him in a heartfelt and grateful sign-off in Ultimately . He did, however, conclude with what seemed to be a thinly veiled criticism of the firm’s new corporate masters, specifically of CNN’s new boss Chris Licht’s mandate to make the outlet more impartial: Supporting discourse, democracy, and decency is not partisan. Standing up to demagogues is not partisan. It is necessary. He declared it to be patriotic and remarked, “I think America needs CNN to be strong.

This might sound like a generic statement about the press’s function in the modern period to people who haven’t kept up with the reporting surrounding Stelters resignation and, more broadly, CNN’s new leadership. Stelter’s remark, however, gains fresh significance in light of speculation that John Malone, a wealthy media tycoon and significant shareholder in Warner Bros. Discovery (CNN’s parent company) who has hyped 0 that he wants CNN to be less liberal, played a part in the firing of Stelter. Malone said in an aa11 to the New York Times that he had nothing to do with the cancellation of Reliable Sources, however he did add that he wanted CNN’s news coverage to be more moderate. Malone reiterated that position in an hyped 2 with Times Ben Mullin that was released the same day as Stelters’ final show. The 81-year-old libertarian cable billionaire discussed the necessity for news networks, including CNN, to better distinguish between reporting and opinion programming. Bret Baier, a Fox News host, was mentioned as his ideal anchor. Puck on Stelter’s supposed blood sacrifice on Monday, hyped 3.

Its hyped 4 In his vision for CNN, Malone has mentioned Baier, who has displayed a modest hyped 5 to hyped 6 Donald Trump support, and Fox News. John Malone, a CNN staffer, did not watch CNN last week, according to hyped 7 Voxs Peter Kafka. John Malone solely uses Fox News to access CNN. I would despise CNN too if I watched it through Fox News. Stelter hyped 8 questioned in February what Malone’s criticism of CNN for having too much advocacy, too much commentary, and too little global reporting meant for the network’s future. When he warned additional changes are coming during Friday’s editorial meeting, Licht, hyped 9 to Deadline, only increased tension inside CNN. According to CNN’s chairman and CEO, there will be decisions that you might not like or comprehend.

Malone was not a factor in the decision, according to CNN, which presented Stelters’ transfer to the Times as a part of a revamp of the network’s Sunday schedule. Notably, that schedule will include ever 0, an interview program hosted by veteran Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, whose departure for CNN left a huge void in Fox’s news division. Prior to the much-anticipated streaming service becoming the first casualty of the Discovery-WarnerMedia merger weeks after its launch, Wallaces Interview was planned to air on Sundays. ever 1 of the Sunday show, Stelter also has a show on CNN Reliable Sources Daily. Reliable Sources Daily is the ultimate extension of the Reliable television brand that we have been constructing in recent years through newsletters and podcasts, Stelter ever 2 at the time.

This occurred in February. His typically upbeat mood was at least slightly marred by bemusement six months later when he made his farewell appearance on his Sunday show, according to Allsop.

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