CNN recently admitted to publishing fake news about the Trump administration and its alleged connections to Russia, causing three journalists to lose their jobs. Next to go could be CNN President Jeff Zuker.
According to a Wednesday report in the New York Post, “AT&T will look to ‘neutralize’ CNN President Jeff Zucker after it buys Time Warner.”
“The buzz from the telecommunications giant comes as CNN is being slammed for highly publicized missteps, according to three sources familiar with the thinking of AT&T brass,” the Post reported.
Following an investigation by Breitbart News, CNN issued the following retraction:
“On June 22, 2017, CNN.com published a story connecting Anthony Scaramucci with investigations into the Russian Direct Investment Fund,” CNN said in a statement late Friday night. “That story did not meet CNN’s editorial standards and has been retracted. Links to the story have been disabled. CNN apologizes to Mr. Scaramucci.”
In the wake of the investigation, three journalists from CNN who were responsible for the story resigned.
CNN has been under scrutiny for its questionable journalistic standards, having recently dismissed host Reza Aslan and canceled his show, “Believer,” after he tweeted that President Trump was a “piece of sh*t.” Project Veritas has also revealed dubious behind-the-scenes admissions from CNN associates.
“The $85 billion acquisition of CNN parent Time Warner by AT&T could win anti-trust approval by the Justice Department in the next 60 days,” said the Post report.
“There was early talk about the way Zucker managed that wasn’t a good fit for the new organization,” one of the Post’s sources said. “They were eyeing ways to neutralize him.”
Craig Moffett, a co-founder of independent media research firm MoffettNathanson told the Post that “The news business doesn’t seem to be central to AT&T’s content strategy. They seem much more interested in the entertainment brands. If selling CNN would make regulators happy, they’ll sell it. I can’t imagine AT&T would let CNN stand in the way of securing approval for the merger.”
When asked by the Post to comment on Zucker, AT&T replied with a general statement.
“We value all of Time Warner’s assets and strongly believe that the combination of our two companies will help ignite a new wave of innovation in media and entertainment,” Larry Solomon, SVP of corporate communications at AT&T, told the Post.
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