You just can’t make this stuff up! The CEO of CNN parent Time Warner Jeff Bewkes sought to assuage the concerns of shareholders during a meeting Thursday by telling them that he’ll try to not be so biased… really.
“Mr. Bewkes, we have urged you many times to make CNN more objective,” VP of Public Policy Research David Almasi told Bewkes. “But bias is apparently worse than ever. As shareholders, we are concerned about the reputational risk to our investment in Time Warner, as CNN appears to be a key player in the war against the Trump presidency.”
“We will recommit — I’ll do it to you now — for an attempt to try to be independent,” Bewkes responded. “I do understand from your questions that you’re skeptical that we’re achieving that. You think we haven’t.”
So Bewkes will attempt to try to be independent. If I told my kid to clean his room and his answer was that he’d “attempt to try”, oh lordy – to quote the now infamous James Comey.
CNN has no interest in unbiased journalism. It never has and never will. Its audience wants bias, its leadership promotes it and its financial backers expect it.
The vast majority of all of CNN’s guests that day (96, or 78% of the total) were Trump critics, compared to a handful of pro-Trump guests (just seven, or 6% of the total). Another 13 guests were neutral, and seven offered mixed assessments of the administration.
Looking just at CNN’s own on-air talent, the results were even more tilted, with 69 appearances by anti-Trump analysts, vs. just two for pro-Trump analysts — CNN political commentator Paris Dennard, who appeared during the latter half of the 3:00pm ET hour, and CNN political commentator Jason Miller, a former Trump campaign aide, who appeared in the 8pm ET hour of Anderson Cooper 360.
CNN has also been caught on video fabricating a live event to fit a Muslim-friendly narrative after the Radical Islamic terror event in London.