(Joshua Paladino, Headline USA) Media Matters hates that CNN President Chris Licht hopes to move the network away from its blatant anti-conservative bias and toward centrist, truth-seeking journalism, Legal Insurrection reported.
When Licht became CNN’s President, he told the company, “First and foremost, we should, and we will be advocates for truth.”
Nevermind that Licht will almost certainly never reach that goal, his decision to remove the most partisan hosts and correspondents, including Brian Stelter, John Harwood and Jeffrey Toobin, means to Media Matters that he has embraced far-right Trumpists.
Media Matters claimed to summarize Licht’s message to CNN’s employees as such: “Too much criticism of the right, which remains united behind Trump and champions the election denial that triggered the January 6 insurrection, may cost you your job.”
This message, according to Media Matters, has led the network’s employees to parrot “right-wing attacks against President Joe Biden.”
Brianna Keilar, cost of CNN’s New Day, apparently embraced a far-right talking point when she scolded Biden for using U.S. Marines as a backdrop for a campaign speech intended to intimidate his political opponents.
CNN correspondent Sara Sidner likewise strayed into the “naked radicalism of the right” when she admitted that Republicans have “legitimate questions” to ask about Hunter Biden’s international business deals.
Media Matters realizes that these minor concessions to Republicans could topple the Democrat Party’s absolute power over the mainstream media, so it has to treat CNN as if it is undergoing a major partisan shift.
Rather than resist Trump, Media Matters said that CNN’s employees can keep a “false balance by leaning into the talking points Republicans use to attack Democrats; fill their panels with conservatives willing to defend the worst excesses of the Trumpian right; and maybe offer some breathless reporting of the speeches of Trump or his successor.”
If Licht continues to modestly reign in CNN’s far-left narrative, Media Matters will likely escalate its denunciations and then attempt to deplatform and demonetize the company.