CNN employees are “freaked out.”
According to a report from The Washington Post, recent firings and high-profile exits (not to mention the death of CNN+) have CNN employees concerned for their jobs.
“People are freaked out. It almost feels like there’s a pattern,” an anonymous CNN journalist told the Washington Post. “Is there a purge going on?”
“They seem to be sending a message: ‘Watch what you say. Watch what you do,’” the source added.
Several current and former CNN employees who spoke with The Washington Post — most of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to speak candidly — are interpreting the sudden exodus as evidence that [Chris] Licht, who joined the network as chairman and CEO in May, is starting his tenure by casting out voices that had often been critical of former president Donald Trump and his allies, in an effort to present a new, more ideologically neutral CNN. That aligns with a vision repeatedly expressed by David Zaslav, the chief executive of Warner Bros. Discovery.
Licht has provided little guidance publicly about a new mission for CNN, leaving some employees feeling unmoored. “Longtime CNN personalities are disappearing, and the viewers don’t know why,” another CNN insider said, noting that Licht has not hired many new voices to replace them.