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Brian Stelter Dropped by CNN: Why 'Reliable Source' Host Was Shown the Door

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A major change was expected at CNN, with long-time television executive Chris Licht taking over thenetwork's overly dogmatic reputation and shows. It was time to show the effort to improve. Also, Jeffrey Toobin and now Brian Stelter seem to be realizing his vision. 

Less than a week after Toobin's departure, the network was called Thursday a "reliable source of information" long derided by conservatives as a "janitor" for the liberal and mainstream media. 's host Stelter has announced that he has left the group. He will air his one more show on Sunday.

After Warner Bros. Discovery board member John Malone, a powerful media executive who mentored CEO David Zaslav last year, CNN became a nonpartisan The article has been hanging on the wall since I declared that I should return to journalism. Discovery Umbrella. Months later, shortly after Zucker was kicked out ahead of a long-planned merger, Stelter accused Malone of "not looking directly at CNN" and complained about thenetwork Talking.

Brian Stelter’s now-canceled show had trouble attracting viewers during the Biden administration.

Brian Stelter's now-cancelled show has struggled to attract viewers during the Biden administration. ((Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for WarnerMedia) )

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Stelter's fate was long sealed. 

In February he said Licht said the day he was announced as CNN's new chief, everyone around him knew he was a toast, according to one media outlet. A source told Fox News Digital. Those in his orbit expected Stelter to be fired because Licht had been complaining to his peers that the show was bad television. Getting rid of Stelter combined with Licht's desire to bring the network back to the middle and wipe out the extraordinary stations. 

Virtually miscast as rough Donald Trump-era political commentator – he went all-in on Russiagate,in Andrew Cuomo's handling of coronavirus IndulgeJussie Smollett, racial swindler – Stelter was from the Jeff Zucker era and didn't fit into Licht's world. 

Accepting the role in February, butnot officially starting until weeks later,Licht immediately announced that he wanted to keep CNN away. From the liberal reputation it developed under former boss Zucker, as the "news"-focused CNN and President Trump became bitter mutual adversaries.

Over the next few months, CNN toned down graphics for its non-stop "Breaking News," curbing graphics that had become commonplace on the network, and for its long-suffering morning show, "New Day." announced that it will "reconsider". But much of CNN remained the same. On-air critics still expressed partisan views, Zucker-era liberals continued to thrive, and low-rated shows remained on schedule despite Licht's goal of "cutting the spectacle" on the network. I was. 

CNN CEO Chris Licht wants to "tamp down spectacle" at the network, according to a source close to him. 

CNN CEO Chris Licht told him According to a source close to the network, 'down spectacle'.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Warner Bros. Discovery)

Last week, CNN legal analyst Toobin said that the 2020 She announced her split from the network just 14 months after being hailed after a bizarre scandal in 2017 when she was caught masturbating during a Zoom meeting with colleagues for The New Yorker magazine. News Digital Licht's goal is his newly formed parent company, Warner Bros. It was to restore network reliability under Discovery.

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Polarized Stelter is one of the CNN personalities conservatives love to hate for his constant criticism of the non-liberal press and constant disapproval of Republicans. surfaced as Curtis Houck, who monitors the liberal media and is managing his editor at NewsBusters, feels that Stelter is doing more harm than good. 

"Stelter left CNN, damaging both the network's reputation and that of the media as a whole. Media reporters trying to help explain and show the public the profession of journalism Considering how the story is crafted and shaped, Stelter is actually criticized for being mild from the outside, carelessly displaying their arrogance and childish rejection. exposed to the national press the malicious liberal partisan they had become by refusing to accept even the criticism of 

"his resentful Apologies, dismissals, and omissions of major media stories and missteps have only deepened his reputation as a liberal media janitor and object of right-wing hatred," Houck continued. "With this move and Jeffrey Toobin's resignation last week, these seven days could mark the beginning of a turning point for CNN under Chris Licht."

90} In August, "Reliable Sources" with Brian Stelter is down 41% among the advertiser-coveted demographic of adults age 25-54 compared to the same month last year.

In August, a "trusted source" with Brian Stelter announced advertisers' coveted The 54-year-old adult demographic is down 41% year-over-year. (CNN)

However, when it comes to on-air products, Houck notes that "CNN's tone and tenor remain indistinguishable from the Zucker era." 207}. 

"At the end of the day, that's what's most important to the audience in terms of giving them that little bit of trust," he said Houck. 


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"Brian Stelter is one of Jeff Zucker's most embarrassing legacies, and it is no surprise that he was one of the first to be fired by the new administration. But , canning Stelter is just CNN shuffling deckchairs at Titanic," an insider told Fox News Digital. 

"Partisan liberal corruption is deepening," the insider continued. "Chris Licht needs to take the sledgehammer to its place to make meaningful change, and if the past is the prologue, it will never happen."

Stelter said, He first made his mark in the industry as a television blogger in college and gained a reputation as a tireless reporter for the New York Times. He wrote a book about the morning news wars and was eventually picked by Zucker to join CNN, and in 2013 Sunday he took over his program on The Morning His Media.

Dylan Byers of Puck, who previously worked with Stelter at CNN, wrote that his former colleague was widely known as "Zucker's in-house media operative" and that when Zucker appears, he " Many began to suspect that Stelter was vulnerable." He told CNN that he was shown the door before a long-term planned merger with Warner Bros. under his Discovery management. 

"It was curiosity that reappeared after Licht was hired," Byers writes. 

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Licht had a front row seat to one of Stelter's most embarrassing moments, as he was executive producer on CBS's "The Late Show" in 2021. Host Stephen Colbert has set fire to a CNN reporter over his network's "bizarre inconsistencies in rules." About then-anchor Chris Cuomo. The exchange came as a shock, as Stelter was forced to defend his employer's treatment of Cuomo against Colbert, who was supposedly expected to be friendly to his fellow liberals. It was made even more embarrassing a few weeks later when Zucker was forced to fire Cuomo. 

"In many ways, [Stelter's] retirement is perhaps the true end of his Zucker era," he writes Byers. 

Legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin quietly split with CNN last Friday afternoon.

Legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin Last Friday afternoon we quietly parted ways with CNN. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Outkick media columnist Bobby Burack also said that under CNN's new ownership he would become Stelter. I feel like I didn't have a chance. 

"He really was the face of what Chris Licht wanted to avoid: a network of unfair coverage of conservative news media. Criticism is always valid." It became a perception, and the perception of such a network became a reality.Stelter and Toobin on the roster.

"As for Stelter, I think he's fine. I know it's a cool move right now to bury .I don't think he fits in this new era of CNN." But whether you like him or not, I think there's a market for him because he's given a lot of responses. "Overall, this is a good move for both sides. For CNN, you're tarnishing your reputation and getting rid of someone they wanted to change. And for Stelter, he's probably doing it the way he wants. I'll go somewhere more consistent with the news."

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Others lamented his exit and scolded CNN for canceling the show.

"The problem is that even if you kill a credible source, it will still confirm what the network's worst critics have said and give those people the satisfaction of seeing Stelter sacked." "It's about keeping CNN so close to the center. CNN really amplified those voices when it was able to easily champion its longest-running show and make it part of the future of the network." Forbes contributor Mark Joela wrote Thursday.

It's unclear what other changes are planned for CNN, but it looks like Licht has finally made his mark on the network. In June, Stelter and Jim Acosta were called out by Axios media reporters as faces of "the network's liberal shift" in the eyes of conservatives. Despite his long history of making sharp editorials in his reports, Acosta remains. After a bombastic run that constantly clashed with the Trump White House as a White House correspondent, he unabashedly began hosting left-wing weekend shows. 

The future of CNN's "New Day" is also unclear, although Licht announced earlier this year that it would be "reimagined." Little is known whether she will participate in her revamped Morning Her program, which is scheduled to begin this fall. 

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Brian Flood is a media he reporter for Fox News Digital. Story hints at brian. flood@fox. com and he can be sent to Twitter: @briansflood.