Washington Free Beacon editor Eliana Johnson penned a story on Monday headlined “CNN Chief’s Republican Apology Tour.” Chris Licht has been trying to get Republicans to accept interview invitations. They may have expressed doubt that the guy in charge of this would accept interviews. Morning Joe Stephen Colbert Late ShowKnows anything about being kind to conservatives.
Mid-July saw the boss of network camp out on the Senate side of Capitol in S-120. There he invited GOP lawmakers to have a private conversation with him…
Licht’s message according to one of his legislators as well as several sources briefed on exchanges was “We want you to win back our trust.”
The CNN chief spent between 45 minutes and an hour cajoling GOP lawmakers who no longer appear on the network to come back on the air — and assuring them he’d praise producers for inviting them and communicate his displeasure if he doesn’t believe they are treated fairly
According to one Republican lawmaker, “I believe he really wants that to happen.” “Put aside ideology, It seems he believes that CNN is an evil organization.“
CNN spokesman Matt Dornic wouldn’t comment on the private meetings, but said that “Chris has made it clear that his top priority is to make CNN a place for Fair and respectful discussion, analysis, and debate.” This doesn’t sound at all like CNN 2022. Licht has been leading the charge for many months. Nobody has been fired for being opinionated.
Licht seems to have relied on his authority and personality when being asked about changing course. “He kept saying, ‘I’m in charge, I’m in charge, they answer to me,'” the GOP lawmaker said. “‘They don’t answer to the workforce, they don’t answer to the viewers, they answer to me.'”
Republicans should not be optimistic that CNN will move “to the centre.” A few days ago, Licht promoted Virginia Moseley to be the executive vice president on the editorial side, overseeing CNN’s TV and digital newsgathering. She’s married to Thomas Nides, who’s been a professional Democrat since working for Walter Mondale’s presidential campaign in 1984. He was Deputy Secretary of State under Barack Obama, and is now serving as President Biden’s ambassador to Israel.
Some CNN staffers protested the name of Nides in 2021. The New York Post stated that this was after Nides’s nomination. “People are mad, they see it as a big conflict of interest, even if Virginia works in domestic news, this all still plays into domestic politics and deals closely with Biden’s administration,” a network source told The Post. “It has conflict of interest written all over it.” That conflict has only grown with the promotion.