(Jacob Bruns, Headline USA) In an effort to make the corporate media network CNN less obviously a wing of the Democrat propaganda machine, new CNN CEO Chris Licht has gone on a long string of firings, ending the tenures of Chris Cuomo, Jeff Zucker, Brian Stelter and John Harwood. He also demoted Don Lemon.
And now, according to reports, CNN is about to fire another “big name,” Red State reported.
The rumor comes from News Cycle Media’s Jon Nicosia, a media insider who correctly predicted previous firings at CNN.
Discovery Executive: "He does not have a place in the new CNN. He reminds us of the Zucker period we are looking to move far from. The only reason he is still on air was not to look like we were 'cleaning house' for political reasons right after the closing"
— Jon Nicosia (@NewsPolitics) October 11, 2022
Nicosia tweeted: “SCOOP: Another “big name” about to exit @CNN. (Stay tuned).”
He also noted that an upper level executive said that the big name “does not have a place in the new CNN.”
According to Nicosia, management only held off this long to save face.
“He reminds us of the Zucker period we are looking to move far from. The only reason he is still on air was not to look like we were ‘cleaning house’ for political reasons right after the closing.”
Nicosia agreed “agreed not to report the name until the end of the week.”
The biggest names remaining at CNN from the Zucker era are Lemon, Anderson Cooper, Jake Tapper and Jim Acosta.
Among the above, Acosta is the biggest name, and also a brazenly partisan hack reminiscent of the Zucker era at CNN.
The firebrand reporter made a name for himself by literally creating a scene in the White House press briefing room during the Trump administration, frequently shouting and interrupting then-press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and others at the podium.
By comparison, both Tapper and Cooper both have made overtures to appear somewhat objective in their reporting, while Lemon may have been sufficiently chastened by his earlier demotion.
After being transferred from his prime-time slot to co-hosting duties on the network’s morning talk show, Lemon said that he was “honored” to have a worse job.
“I’ve had the opportunity to work with one of the best show teams in the business, but it’s time to shake things up,” he said.
“… I was honestly floored when Chris Licht asked me to do this, and I’m honored by his belief in me,” Lemon continued. “Set your alarms folks because we’re going to have a lot of fun.”