Demonstrating his liberal bias, CNN president Jeff Zucker told The New York Times’ Bill Carter Monday night that he won’t allow CNN to be “shamed” into covering the House select committee on Benghazi hearings, according to Capital New York:
‘We’re not going to be shamed into it by others who have political beliefs that want to try to have temper tantrums to shame other news organizations into covering something,’ he said. ‘If it’s of real news value, we’ll cover it.’
Shamed? Is Zucker saying that an investigation of the massive cover-up of Benghazi by the Obama administration, where four Americans lost their lives, is not newsworthy, but spending endless hours covering the missing Malaysian Air flight MH370 long after there has been any real news is?
There is little doubt that Fox News and MSNBC will be covering the hearings in some form, and for CNN to brush them off before they even begin is irresponsible journalism.
Zucker has definitely struggled during his 16-plus months on the job. His attitude towards the Benghazi hearings shows that even though he says CNN is committed to breaking news, he is only willing to keep that commitment as long as it brings in hefty ratings, as their flight MH370 coverage originally did. But based on his programming choices, it’s clear that he would rather see the network go in another direction—towards more entertainment and fluff, instead of hard news—especially if that news is embarrassing to President Obama and the Democrats.