New CNN CEO gives boot to network’s highly partisan WH correspondent John Harwood

The new management over CNN has been making changes in an effort to make the cable news network less partisan and polarizing and to return its focus to simply delivering the news of the day in a straightforward and non-opinionated manner, which means some of the highly political personalities at the network will have to go elsewhere.

That includes now-former White House correspondent John Harwood, who revealed Friday that he was no longer employed by CNN, Breitbart reported.

Harwood, a longtime veteran of presidential media coverage, thoroughly displayed his overt liberal partisanship throughout the tenure of former President Donald Trump via incessantly negative coverage of the White House, followed by a complete reversal in which he provided only positive spin to his coverage of President Joe Biden’s White House.

Harwood fired from CNN

In a tweet posted Friday morning, Harwood wrote, “personal news: today’s my last day at CNN proud of the work thanks to my colleagues i’ve been lucky to serve the best in American media — St. Petersburg Times, WSJ, NYT, the NBC family, CNN,” and added, “look forward to figuring out what’s next.”

The announced departure was confirmed by CNN, according to Variety’s Brian Steinberg, who tweeted out a brief statement from the network about Harwood, which said, “We appreciate John’s work covering the White House, and we wish him all the best.”

Follow-up tweets from Steinberg revealed a marked similarity between that statement and those issued by CNN in recent weeks after the apparent termination of two other highly partisan on-air personalities — anti-Fox News media critic Brian Stelter and anti-Trump legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin.

New CEO making changes at CNN

Axios reported that Harwood was the “second high-profile journalist the network’s new leadership has cut amid its attempt to make the network appear less polarizing.”

Harwood had only just joined CNN in 2020 after working for more than a decade at CNBC, and Axios noted that, according to its sources, the reporter still had two years left on his current contract when the network gave him the boot.

The outlet further noted that this and other changes stem directly from CNN’s new CEO Chris Licht, who has made it a point to try and “curb the alarmist tone of CNN’s coverage” and dial back the overt partisanship in favor of one side of the political divide over the other.

In that regard, Licht has reportedly been “evaluating” all of the network’s on-air “personalities and programming that grew polarizing during the Trump era” to determine if they will fit in or not with his new vision for a non-partisan CNN going forward.

Getting rid of Harwood, Stelter, and Toobin is a good start in that respect, but the new CEO has his work cut out for him and will almost certainly be compelled to send other network stars packing if he truly does want to make his vision a reality.

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