Via Hot Air
“I think it was a legitimate criticism of CNN that it was a little too liberal,” Mr. Zucker said. “We have added many more middle-of-the-road conservative voices to an already strong stable of liberal voices. And I think that we are a much more-balanced network and, as a result, a much more inviting network to a segment of the audience that might not have otherwise been willing to come here.”
No kidding! But to be fair, things have improved at CNN since Zucker’s arrival. Not too long after Candy Crowley inserted herself into a presidential debate and ended up with egg on her face for rebuking Romney (and being in error to boot), they grabbed Jake Tapper and eventually made him their Sunday-morning face for politics. He’s also ahead of the news cycle on weekday afternoons, setting up their prime-time lineup with hard news fairly presented. That change alone seems to have worked wonders for the entire network. They also got rid of Soledad O’Brien, Piers Morgan, and the aforementioned Crowley, albeit after taking their sweet time. By November 2015, they had even begun cracking down on editorializing by their reporters on Twitter — which actually seemed a little excessive at the time.
The biggest change came with the presidential debates. CNN announced last year that they would partner with conservative media on Republican debates, and Salem’s Hugh Hewitt* ended up on four of the panels. That gave their presentations balance as well as an entrée to conservative viewers, who seem to have stuck around. Zucker should send a magnum of champagne to Hugh.
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