Jake Tapper hopes to dispel some doubts about his workplace. “I just want to reassure anyone out there that CNN’s commitment to fighting for democracy is as strong as ever,” he told me by phone this week, as Congress prepared for a another public hearing on their investigation into the January 6 Capitol attack. “Jeff Zucker was a strong voice supporting it, and Chris Licht is too. “
Licht’s commitment to Tapper was apparently on Thursday, when the network announced that Sunday morning and weekday afternoon hosts will switch to 9pm last night mid-term 2022. The golden hour programming shift, on heels about a weekday morning shift that occurred when Licht, who took over as CNN’s chief executive in May, put his seal online. It also comes amid concerns that CNN, under a new regime, is giving up its candid coverage of attacks on the democratic process to appear more Republican-friendly. Brian Stelter‘S shoot was the first shot, which coincided with the cancellation Trusted source. Then the veteran White House reporter John Harwood announced he also went online, just hours after telling viewers that the President Joe Biden was right to call out the threat of MAGA right. “I really hope that we’re not bipartisan,” said one employee told Vanity Fair among radioactive dust.
The new CEO has indicated a desire to discard the aggressive editorial approach CNN took during the Trump era in favor of a nonpartisan (or at least perceived as such). Licht is said to have met the House minority leader Kevin McCarthy, one of 147 GOP legislators who voted to overturn the 2020 election results, and has Reportedly advised employees against using the “big lie,” a term he considers too close to the Democratic Party’s views. (Licht advocates using the phrase “Trump election lie.”) yes discover possible influence of John Malone, a conservative billionaire, is a key stakeholder in CNN’s new parent company, Warner Bros. Discovery, which completed the merger in April.
For over a year, the network has pursued an aggressive approach to coverage of the end of the Trump administration and the January 6 riots, issuing dozens of exclusions and coverage of popularity. Mark Meadows text, the Justice Department probe into Trumpworld’s fake voter scheme, and numerous leaks related to the January 6 selection committee work. It aired every hearing conducted by the committee. the Capitol attack investigation — the same hearings that Republicans have dismissed as partisan witch hunts. According to Tapper and Executive Vice President of CNN Programs Michael Bass, The change in ownership and leadership won’t affect the store’s dedication to January 6 coverage. “Our plans continue to be the same,” Bass said, referring to the January 6 coverage. to coverage of the committee’s network, adding that CNN “will be all involved on hearing days.” Bass, while acknowledging that changes are happening at CNN, noted that Licht directed the network’s commitment to January 6 coverage “every step of the way.”
“When the foundations of our country are under attack, what story could be more important than that?” he say. “So that would definitely qualify to be a main story that Chris is heavily involved in.”
CNN has joined every major news network — save Fox News — to conduct prime-time hearings live. Licht directs Tapper and Anderson Cooper to broadcast a two-hour summary of the primetime daytime hearings, according to Tapper. The outlet intends to broadcast the full January 6 committee hearing scheduled for mid-next week. Tapper also noted that his latest documentary – an hour-long special detailing the January 6 committee’s findings and Republican efforts to topple the protests. future election, broadcast by CNN on Sunday, September 18 – “is Chris Licht’s idea.” Special Sunday is a sequel Trumping Democracy: An American Coup, a project that the CNN documentary team produced while Zucker was still running the show. Licht revealed a request from Tapper to air its updates over the summer.
Like many other outlets, CNN has experienced a massive drop in post-Trump ratings, but current audiences have shown particular interest in the store’s laser-like focus on January 6. In July, six of the 20 longest-read CNN articles were related to committee coverage. CNN Digital’s hearing live streams are all among the most popular for the site, behind only the 2022 State of the Union address and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Friday hearing, featuring former assistant Meadows Cassidy Hutchinsonits explosive testimony, was the third most watched live event of the year.