In a scathing interview appearing in Variety magazine Tuesday, CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker eviscerated the journalistic reputations of rivals Buzzfeed and Vice News.
In a piece titled “How Jeff Zucker Made CNN Great Again,” Zucker derides the two news organizations, even though CNN has consistently used the two outlets as sources.
“I don’t think Vice and BuzzFeed are legitimate news organizations. They are . . . native advertising shops. We crush both of them. They are not even in our same class,”Zucker told Variety’s Ramin Setoodeh.
General manager of CNN Digital Worldwide, Andrew Morse, added that the network is “not in the clickbait business.”
Zucker also praised former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski as a CNN contributor and jabbed cable news giant Fox News by invoking their former motto when describing efforts to expand their audience beyond its traditional left-wing base.
“I think our air, as opposed to others’, is truly fair and balanced,” Zucker said.
After holding key posts with NBC, Zucker was hired to resuscitate CNN failing viewership and has re-designed the network and it holdings through intensive digital media strategies.
Currently, CNN is second in the cable news network ratings overall, in-between Fox News and MSNBC, but beat out both in viewership numbers with their coverage of the Republican and Democratic conventions, averaging 5.5 million viewers per night.
Fox News, by comparison, averaged 4.9 million, NBC — 4.6 million, and MSNBC — 3.6 million, over the two week span.
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