CNN’s Brian Stelter, host of the little-watched “Reliable Sources” media analysis show, was singled out as a “cancer” on the network by the largest shareholder of new owner Discovery.
John Malone reportedly also called Stelter a “henchman” for former CNN boss Jeff Zucker, according to Twitter posts from former Washington Examiner editor Jon Nicosia.
“SOURCE: At a recent (informal) Discovery Board meeting (largest shareholder) John Malone referred to CNN’s Brian Stelter as a ‘cancer’ and a ‘Zucker Henchman’ that has ‘a failing show’ – (more to come),” he noted in is first tweet.
“Keep your eye on the media personalities that come to his defense. Will show you all you need to know about the state of the (broken) media,” he added.
SOURCE: At a recent (informal) Discovery Board meeting (largest shareholder) John Malone referred to CNN's Brian Stelter as a "cancer" and a "Zucker Henchman" that has "a failing show" – (more to come)…
— Jon Nicosia
According to The Western Journal:
The ratings of Stelter’s “Reliable Sources” have been dismal in the aftermath of the Trump era, with the weekend host largely focused on criticizing conservative media and the former president instead of scrutinizing the current administration.
Malone has spoken more openly of his desire to return CNN to a news model in its content — a turnaround from the partisan leftist commentary that the channel became associated with during Donald Trump’s presidency.
“I would like to see CNN evolve back to the kind of journalism that it started with, and actually have journalists, which would be unique and refreshing,” Malone opined in an interview with CNBC in November.
Nicosia reported last month that CNN was in store for some major content changes under the new ownership, noting that executives at Discovery, which is merging with CNN, want to steer away from the hosts expressing partisan viewpoints.
“SOURCE: John Malone, Discovery’s board member will ‘play a huge role in the new organization’s plans to return @CNN to its news channel roots and dismantle the partisan organization Zucker shifted it into’ They continue: ‘This will mean a large realignment of staff,’” he said in a tweet.
“SOURCE UPDATE: ‘Malone is using CNN’s coverage of Ukraine as an example of the news network he wants back. Excellent journalists, covering events without partisan peacocking,’” he said.
SOURCE UPDATE: "Malone is using CNN's coverage of Ukraine as an example of the news network he wants back. Excellent journalists, covering events without partisan peacocking"
— Jon Nicosia