In a provocatively titled piece called “Who Killed Jeff Zucker’s CNN Career? Clues Point to Fox News Enthusiast John Malone,” Mediaite speculates that CNN might be pushed farther right by a mystery purchaser.
The mystery surrounding the killing off of Jeff Zucker’s career as president of CNN is starting to become clearer. While there are often as many versions of a crime as there are witnesses — and in this case, as many killers as there are executives at massive media conglomerates — some clues are starting to lead to top Discovery shareholder John Malone as a key suspect in his ouster.
It seems that Malone likes the Fox News model, and that’s bad news for CNN’s current anchors:
“Fox News, in my opinion, has followed an interesting trajectory of trying to have news news, I mean some actual journalism, embedded in a program schedule of all opinions,” Malone replied. “And I think they’ve been relatively successful with a service like Bret Baier, and Brit Hume before him, that try to distinguish news from opinion.”
In case his message wasn’t clear enough, Malone was clearly criticizing the trajectory of CNN, which Zucker had at that point led since 2013.
“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,” he continued (which can only be viewed as a bad omen for the journalists currently under CNN’s employ).
Things are about to get spicy in CNN-land.