Viewers lashed out at CNN over Jake Tapper’s hype in its coveted 9 p.m. slot – some claiming that the anchor’s recent shift in left-leaning reporting to a more centrist and conservative-friendly “pandering” and “kissing” ” Is equal to. owners
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Tapper’s star is rising as CNN’s new boss Chris Licht is cleaning the house and pushing a more middle-of-the-road approach, moving away from the pedantry who criticizes the Trump administration and conservatives for raising ratings. is focused on.
“The tapper is trying to survive,” said a media source. “He is bowing down to his masters.”
“She is very ambitious” and “very hardworking” with a “healthy ego”, added another source who once worked with the anchor.
During President Donald Trump’s tenure, Tapper had emerged as a liberal bulldog, attacking the authority over fake news on his shows “The Lead with Jake Tapper” and “State of the Union”. In 2018, the New York Times called him “a staunch defender of facts in the Trump era.”
But under Licht, the anchor has recently made some uncanny shifts to the right, including suggesting that President Biden invited Trump to join the US delegation. Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral in London,
In May, Tapper raised eyebrows when he cut a White House adviser who blamed high gasoline prices on Vladimir Putin. And last month, he shared an article written by Salena Zito, a conservative columnist for the New York Post and the Washington Examiner, about the race for a US Senate seat in Pennsylvania.
“Jake drank the Kool-Aid,” wrote one of his generous audience on Twitter.
“This is not journalism; It’s wandering for the new boss,” wrote another. “I assumed you were one of the good guys.”
tapper too retweeted Ivanka Trump’s endorsement of “Breaking History” is written by her husband, Jared Kushner. The book was taken down by the Times and other reviewers, and the tweet led some outlets to wonder whether Tapper’s Account was hacked.
After CNN announced Thursday that Tapper would be hosting the one-hour show from October 10 at 9 p.m. and through the midterm elections in early November, naysayers called on Tapper to pending her boss’s agenda.
“What the new right wing/Trumper overlord eh Jake is being promoted to do?” Tweeted by a user,
“Don’t watch Jake Tapper on CNN. Just don’t. He’s taking the lead with Chris Licht as reputation defenders for Trump and MAGA,” echoed another.
A CNN spokesperson said, “Jake was not ‘promoted.’ He agreed to anchor 9p-hours for a month as part of a special programming program. He was always an aggressive reporter and a Has been a tough but fair interviewer, one who tells nonsense and lies without any source. He hasn’t been asked and will not be asked to change. Anyone who actually watches CNN knows that.”
Tapper did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
If Tapper turns into a strong rating, it is likely that he will permanently grab the slot that was held by disgraced anchor Chris Cuomo. Cuomo was canned from CNN last year by then-boss Jeff Zucker, after it was revealed that he had secretly assisted in protecting his older brother, the then-Govt. Andrew Cuomo. Zucker resigned shortly thereafter for not disclosing a romantic relationship with CNN communications executive Allison Golst.
At the time, a CNN insider told The Post that Tapper was fishing for Cuomo’s anchor chair, but the slot was left vacant for nearly a year as the new management of the network’s corporate parent Warner Bros. . Discovery set the non-partisan agenda and started Licht. ,
Since taking power, Licht has singled out left-leaning journalists such as Brian Stelter, John Harwood and Jeffrey Tobin. Most recently he rocked the morning show, featuring vocal primetime anchor Don Lemon, along with Caitlan Collins and Poppy Harlow. He replaced current morning show hosts John Berman and Brianna Keeler.
However, Lich hasn’t had a big job since arriving in May. Insiders wondered whether he was unable to take any big swings as Warner Bros. Discovery is in cutting mode as it tries to deliver on its promise to investors to find savings of at least $3 billion by 2023.
On Thursday, Licht set the rest of its primetime lineup up for polls, saying it would cast anchor Alisin Camerota and legal analyst Laura Coates in the 10 p.m.-midnight period, which was once hosted by Lemon.
Berman and Keeler will replace Tapper as hosts of “The Lead” from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., while veteran political anchor Wolf Blitzer will host “The Situation Room” from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Will stay
Erin Burnett will continue the 7 p.m. hour while Anderson Cooper will remain as host of “AC 360” starting at 8 p.m.
“CNN is moving the deck chairs around on the Titanic,” said a media insider, who said the move “won’t help CNN get out of its ratings drop.”