CNN CEO Christ Licht is cleaning house. Much like Twitter owner Elon Musk, he knows a corporation centered around woke ideology is one that cannot hope to turn a sizable profit. If CNN wants a place at the table, they have to offer something unique to the viewing public.
Thus far, they have offered sizable servings of bias and conspiracy theory — especially as it pertains to Donald Trump. With Trump out of office, CNN can only spout the same woke talking points every other news network already does. Truly, viewers get woke politics from MSNBC and virtually every other major news network.
A center-right or even perhaps a center-left CNN could perform very well. After all, almost no networks have pulled off a legitimately centrist approach to news broadcasting.
As Variety reports, CNN has essentially gutted HLN, which served as CNN’s Head Line News:
“HLN, the cable network once known as CNN Headline News, is home to a bevy of true-crime series, endless showings of “Forensic Files,” and “Morning Express with Robin Meade,” which features a host who has been at the network since 2001. CNN will cease to produce original shows for the network, ousting the team that has produced “Morning Express With Robin Meade,” an A.M. program that has been around in several editions for more than two decades.”
These are not the only steps CNN is taking to downsize the company. As the New York Post reports, “Also getting their pink slips Thursday were prominent CNN correspondents Alison Kosik, Martin Savidge, Alex Field, Mary Ann Fox, and Chris Cillizza.”
This is in keeping with recent news indicating Licht was preparing to fire mass amounts of employees imminently.
“Today we will notify a limited number of individuals, largely some of our paid contributors, as part of a recalibrated reporting strategy. Tomorrow, we will notify impacted employees, and tomorrow afternoon I will follow up with more details on these changes.” Licht told employees, as the DC Enquirer reports.
While we hate to see mass layoffs in any form, it is clear CNN has to rethink everything about its news strategy if it wants the viewing public to take it seriously.