CNN CEO Jeff Zucker defended the network’s coverage of former President Donald Trump, calling it “tricky and messy” during an editorial call on Thursday morning, according to former CNN anchor Brian Stelter.
Zucker reportedly said that “America was served very well by what we did last night,” referring to CNN’s coverage of Trump.
He acknowledged that covering Trump was challenging and would “continue to be messy and tricky.”
The network slammed with the accusation of ‘bias’ against Trump
CNN has been a prominent critic of Trump since he first announced his candidacy for president in 2015.
The network’s coverage of Trump has been praised and criticized, with some accusing the network of being too biased against the former president.
However, Zucker defended the network’s coverage, saying it was “important” and that CNN was responsible for reporting Trump’s actions and statements.
“Every single day, we’ve got to stand up and say that what this president is doing is not normal, it’s not appropriate, it’s not right,” Zucker reportedly said.
“And if we don’t stand up and say that, then we are not doing our jobs,” he added.
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A plethora of ‘false claims’ and ‘conspiracy theories.’
Zucker’s comments came as CNN and other news organizations were covering the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election, which Trump has repeatedly claimed was stolen from him.
Trump and his supporters have made numerous false claims about the election, leading to a wave of conspiracy theories and disinformation.
Zucker said that CNN had a duty to push back against these false claims and to provide accurate information to its viewers.
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The network’s commitment to ‘setting the record straight.’
“We cannot allow the disinformation that this president and his allies are spreading to go unchecked,” Zucker reportedly said.
“We have to be the ones who are telling the truth, who are setting the record straight.”
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CNN employees unite in their stand for unbiased information
Zucker’s comments were echoed by other CNN employees, who praised the network’s coverage of Trump and its commitment to journalistic integrity.
“We have a responsibility to our viewers to provide accurate, unbiased information, and that’s what we’ve been doing,” one CNN journalist said.
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Zucker voices CNN’s vow to keep Trump under the spotlight
Despite the challenges of covering Trump, Zucker said that CNN would continue to report on the former president and his actions even after he left office.
“We have to keep an eye on him,” Zucker reportedly said. “We have to make sure that the American people know what he’s doing and saying, and we have to hold him accountable.”
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A responsibility to bring those ‘in power’ to book
Overall, Zucker’s comments highlighted the importance of a free and independent press in a democracy.
Despite the challenges of covering a controversial and polarising figure like Trump, CNN, and other news organizations have a responsibility to report the truth and to hold those in power accountable.
As Zucker said, “It’s not always easy, but necessary.
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