CNN anchor Don Lemon thinks his new boss, Chris Richt, is trying to push the left-handednetwork toward the center. – Reject reports of the shift as a "story" created by the media.
Lemon, who frequently clashed with conservatives during the nightly broadcast, dealt with the situation when he appeared with host Charlamagne Tha God on Comedy Central's "Hell Week."
Charlamagne reports and public commentary showing that CNN's new president Licht and Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav want to drive the network towards nonpartisan news coverage. I referred to.
"[Licht] wants to move CNN from opinion-based partisan news to the political center. Can I still call it?" Charlamagne goes toI asked.
"Let me tell you, I don't think it's exactly what Chris is saying," Lemon replied during an episode aired last Friday. .. "I think it's a story published in the media. What Chris wants to do is to be accountable and able to answer whatever your political position on Republicans, Democrats, and CNN. I think it's about to do. "
" Yes, I can do what I do with CNN, that is, because we are an international news organization, to the American people and the world It's about providing information, so if that's not allowed, I'll continue to do it somewhere else, "Lemon added.
Mediaitepreviously reported on Lemon's remarks.
Licht publicly discussedhis views on what CNN's coverage should look like in the coming months, and told staff in May: I circulated a memo like this. ..
"By becoming an organization that demonstrates the best of journalism, I think we can be a beacon to regain that trust, and always respect different perspectives. Yet a reader with candid facts and insightful commentary, "Licht wrote at the time.
"First and foremost, we should and we will defend the truth," he added.
June,Axios reported, confirming that Licht actively monitored CNN's anchors and that the on-air tone reflected the network's updated focus on independents.
A report, citing three sources familiar with the matter, kicks out anchors that could not "adapt to less partisan tone and strategy." Said there is a possibility. Lemon's colleagues Brian Stelter and Jim Acosta were selected as those facing scrutiny. The
report added that Licht focused on a brief interview with CNN's anchors and reporters and wanted producers to avoid the "noise" of booking decisions.
When Charlamagne asked if Lemon was willing to leave CNN if he felt "suffocating," Anchor did not provide a direct response.
"I don't mean CNN alone. Again, if people don't allow journalists to become journalists, we have a strong accountability." Lemon says. "We ask the head of state, the leader of the free world, the king, the queen, the dictator. That is our job and that is what we have to do. Why is it different to do it for the responsible person? "