Brian Stelter, the host of CNN’s laughably misnamed “Reliable Sources” program, is the veritable epitome of the overtly liberally biased mainstream media to which former President Donald Trump successfully affixed the apt moniker “fake news.”
Recent reports indicate that Stelter’s time as a CNN personality could soon end in “weeks if not days” as the network’s new management seeks to make changes to improve the failing news channel’s damaged reputation, Breitbart reported.
Stelter to be fired soon
The news about Stelter’s imminent exit from CNN came via a tweet from Jon Nicosia of News Cycle Media citing an internal source at the network.
“SOURCE: Stelter is ‘down to weeks if not days’ left at CNN. They go on ‘He is everything that reminds the new owners of the Zucker era they desperately want to get past’ — More to come,” Nicosia tweeted.
He added in a follow-up tweet, “They continue: ‘Management is confident Stelter is the one sharing the internal pushback to fellow media reporters while simultaneously stirring discontent within the ranks.'”
They continue: “Management is confident Stelter is the one sharing the internal pushback to fellow media reporters while simultaneously stirring discontent within the ranks”
— Jon Nicosia (@NewsPolitics) June 15, 2022
Changes are being made at CNN
Those tweets from Nicosia follow multiple reports that new CNN CEO Christ Licht, who replaced the ousted former CEO Jeff Zucker, is seeking to make substantial changes to the once-prominent news channel that has sunk low in terms of ratings amid the perception — if not reality — that it had focused too much on partisanship instead of traditional news reporting.
Axios reported last week that Licht was personally evaluating the many different personalities at CNN, both on-air and behind the scenes, to see if they would adapt and conform to his more neutral and unbiased vision or continue to serve as overt mouthpieces for the Democratic Party.
That report specifically mentioned Stelter, as well as Jim Acosta, as being emblematic of complaints about “the network’s liberal shift” that became unmistakable during former President Donald Trump’s tenure in office.
The Axios report further stated that Licht was giving everybody a chance to prove to him that they could be less partisan but was more than willing to cut loose anybody — including on-air “talent” like Stelter — if they were unwilling or unable to do so.
Can Stelter abide by the new way of doing things?
Likewise, Vanity Fair reported this week that Licht has instructed CNN’s on-air personalities to tone down the partisan rhetoric, particularly the use of clear Democratic talking points, and to refrain from the prior overuse of “Breaking News” banners and breathless fear-mongering reporting about anything and everything.
While it is entirely possible that Stelter could adapt to the new ways of doing things under the new management, that seems rather unlikely for such a partisan hack whose entire schtick is breathless reporting on the democracy-ending moves of Fox News, Republicans, and Trump, so odds are, Stelter will soon be polishing up his resume in search of a new gig.