Multiple sources are reporting that the White House may stop the merger between Time Warner and AT&T if Time Warner-owned CNN does not fire its president Jeff Zucker.
Because the merger will consolidate a large segment of the media industry, the Justice Department will decide whether to approve the merger. The merger would combine the biggest U.S. pay-TV and internet provider with one of the largest content providers.Since the two specialize in different segments of media industry the merger would normally go through, however because of CNN’s troubled relationship with the President and recent fake news scandals, the administration may prevent the union unless there is a change in CNN management. That leaves the possibility of Zucker being fired or being kicked upstairs and losing his management responsibilities over the news networks.
Mr. Zucker, who was ousted as chief executive of NBC Universal after that company merged with Comcast, declined to comment on the pending deal, except to say that the merger had not affected his journalistic or management choices. “It’s not something I think about,” he said, adding that he had not discussed the proposed acquisition by AT&T with Jeffrey Bewkes, the chief executive of Time Warner.
That is what Jeff Zucker is supposed to say, but CNN has sullied its own reputation since the election of Donald Trump as president because of the network’s anti-Trump bias which has led it to present falsehoods as news. Some of those fake stories included:
- The Trump Dossier, which turned out to be bogus, Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him
- CNN’s obsession with the Russia collusion story, including “Trump aides were in constant touch with senior Russian officials during campaign,” published in February. Five months later there still hasn’t been any proof of that collusion.
- Comey’s Testimony will contradict Trump’s the FBI director told him he wasn’t under investigation, “Comey expected to refute Trump.” Actually Comey verified Trump’s Claim.
- Fake Anthony Scaramucci story. “Three journalists leaving CNN after retracted article” CNN was forced to apologize after retracting a story on its website that a Russian bank was linked to Trump adviser Anthony Scaramucci. Three network reporters resigned.
There’s plenty more CNN embarrassments where that came from including celebrating July 4th with fake quotes from Lincoln and Ben Franklin, the recent Project Veritas videos demonstrating that many at the network do not believe the Trump/Russia collusion story but obsess on it because of ratings,Kathy Griffin and Reza Aslan being fired for their over the top attacks on the President, and of course CNN’s bullying of the guy they believed created the Trump/CNN wrestling video (who may be the wrong guy)…