Ex-CNN analyst slams network as ‘unabashedly left-wing’: They don’t want ‘clever counterarguments’ on air
Former CNN political analyst Eliana Johnson tore into the liberal network over its jarring transformation within the Trump period.
Appearing on Tuesday’s installment of the “Ruthless” podcast, Johnson started by saying “the mask kinda dropped” when Donald Trump grew to become president the place the media’s “plausible deniability” in its bias towards conservatives evaporated and its “hostility” in the direction of the forty fifth president grew to become so overt.
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“Coverage became more political, more partisan and that the mainstream makes fewer efforts, I think, to conceal where it’s coming from,” Johnson stated. “If you look at CNN right now, like that is a left-wing television network. And I don’t think you would have said the same thing in 2006… but it is an unabashedly left-wing network. It makes no effort to include, like, intelligent counterarguments really on the air.”
Johnson, who’s the editor-in-chief of The Washington Free Beacon, was let go by CNN in 2019 after it was introduced she was leaving Politico as a White House reporter for the highest job on the conservative outlet.
“We signed her because, as [BuzzFeed] put it, ‘she was a top White House reporter’ who was ‘breaking significant news.’ She’s now pursuing a different career path and off that beat. Simple as that,” CNN spokesperson Matt Dornic stated on the time, rejecting BuzzFeed News’ framing that her contract was not being renewed as a result of she was becoming a member of the Free Beacon.
Johnson informed BuzzFeed News, “CNN has a right to tap or drop contributors at any point… none of us is entitled to a contract renewal.”
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“Ruthless” co-host Michael Duncan then learn a quote from CNN’s poorly-watched media professional Brian Stelter, who earlier this month requested, “Why aren’t there massive American newsrooms dedicated to journalism from a conservative point of view, a reality-based conservative point of view? Why isn’t there a New York Times of the right? Why doesn’t that exist?”
“Before I answer that question, Michael, I think it’s really interesting that Brian Stelter himself is an embodiment of what has happened to the media,” Johnson responded. “I followed him really closely when he was writing at the New York Times doing fantastic reporting about what was happening on the Today show at NBC News. I read his book on the wars between the morning shows… He was fantastic. Now he’s like, a partisan corporate flack in the guise of a reporter over at CNN covering- he covers right-wing media. That is what he does.”
Johnson, who acknowledges the Free Beacon is an “ideological media outlet” versus a “partisan” one, rejected the concept her publication is the “right-wing New York Times” and informed Duncan it’s “tremendously difficult” for the Free Beacon’s unique reporting “to get traction in the mainstream.”
“It does happen, but we face major obstacles from the likes of Brian Stelter, who I think are considered it beneath them to dignify it when we have real stories,” Johnson stated.
Duncan supplied a shoutout to Free Beacon reporter Matthew Foldi, who uncovered Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm’s funding within the inexperienced vitality firm Proterra and was pressured to promote her inventory as a results of his reporting.
When requested why she thought liberal retailers like CNN would keep away from sure main news tales, Johnson pointed to the “groupthink” that takes place amongst journalists.
“I worked at Politico. Your social circle becomes the Politico reporters, the Times reporters, the [Washington] Post reporters, these people are all talking to each other and that’s part of what I found sort of unsatisfying,” Johnson informed Duncan. “I was doing CNN for a couple of years, but I felt like, who am I actually- you’re not talking to persuadables or really making a difference.”
Johnson added that “covering things about wokeism gone too far” “doesn’t fit in” at such liberal establishments regardless that every of them has confronted internal woke turmoil amongst their employees.
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