CNN chief Jeff Zucker let his feelings be known about the Fox News Channel today, telling attendees at the Financial Times Future of News conference that Fox News has become a propaganda machine that is “doing an incredible disservice to the country,” the AP reports.
Zucker’s comments came two days after Fox military analyst Ralph Peters offered a similar assessment of Fox News as he explained his reasons for quitting the channel, as we reported previously.
The AP quotes Zucker saying today: “What has happened to that network in the last 18 months, especially the last year, is that it has just turned itself into state-run TV. TASS has nothing on them.”
Former Trump strategist Steve Bannon spoke later at the same conference and countered Zucker’s comments, saying, “You can’t name a more propaganda outfit than CNN.”
Bannon added: “Every night it’s ’hate Trump,’” and questioned why nobody was fired at CNN after the 2016 election results took people by surprise, the AP notes..
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Zucker said Fox has “a handful of good journalists but they get lost in the propaganda machine,” and added: “The idea that they are a news channel is really not accurate at all.”
The AP adds: “Zucker’s network has been on the receiving end of withering criticism from Trump during his presidency. He’s repeatedly referred to CNN as ‘fake news’ when he doesn’t like its coverage. Zucker said Trump’s criticisms are not going to stop CNN from doing its job of holding leaders accountable.
“But he said the Trump has created an atmosphere of hostility toward reporters that has spread from the U.S. across the world.”
Zucker is quoted saying of Trump: “He doesn’t even understand the danger he is creating for journalists and the danger he is creating for news organizations.”