CNN has decided to cancel “Reliable Sources,” a Sunday media show hosted by outwardly liberal pundit Brian Stelter — who will also depart the network entirely, a recent report showed.
In a statement made to National Public Radio (NPR), Stelter expressed his gratitude, and thanked his team, adding that he was happy to be a part of “the media, truth, and the stories that shape our world.”
These words came, despite criticism from many that the Turner Broadcasting-owned entity had turned into a fully anti-Donald Trump reel, made up of non-stop negative infotainment.
“It was a rare privilege to lead a weekly show focused on the press at a time when it has never been more consequential,” Stelter added, promising to follow up with more details during his final Sunday episode.
It was reportedly the longest-running show on CNN and Stelter has been the host for the program’s past nine years — even celebrating a 30-year anniversary back in March.
CNN chief Chris Licht told Stelter of the decision on Wednesday, NPR reported.
The network had been making cutbacks recently, as its ratings continue to crater without Trump in the White House. This didn’t stop them from heaping praise on Stelter, however, as they attempted to boot him out the door with some shred of dignity.
“Stelter came to CNN from the New York Times as the nation’s top media reporter. He departs CNN an impeccable broadcaster,” Amy Entelis, CNN’s executive vice president for talent and content development told NPR. “We are proud of what Brian and his team accomplished over the years, and we’re confident their impact and influence will long outlive the show.”
A corporate spokesperson also confirmed the show’s cancellation to NPR and said the network had nothing but well wishes for their soon-to-be former host.
Though CNN’s future is murky, the lessons of its past couldn’t be clearer. The American people aren’t interested in propaganda, far-left talking points, Trump bashing, or fakery. For as dumb as some media executives think people are, they’re quick to spot a fix — and the fix was in at CNN.
If the network wishes to lose its financial bottom line, along with what’s left of its reputation, it should continue to push forward in the face of facts and logic, with its partisan coverage. If it wishes to survive, it might think about sticking to real journalism, and letting the public decide things for themselves. At the very least, it would make for a nice change of pace heading into November.
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