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It was announced this week that CNN will be canceling their Sunday morning media show Reliable Sources, while its host Brian Stelter will also leave the network. The show, which has run since 1993, will air its final episode this weekend.

Stelter has long made himself an enemy of the political right, infuriating them with his smug monologues about his supposed commitment to ethical journalism against his rivals at Fox News. His typical modus operandi involved repeatedly accusing the right-wing media of spreading “lies and disinformation,” while exalting Democratic politicians and fellow mainstream media reporters.

Yet amid a dramatic fall in viewership and an aggressive shakeup under the new management of the network, Stelter’s show has been canceled. The restructuring is reportedly part of a plan by CEO Chris Licht to pull the network back from its aggressive left turn and make it once again appealing to Republicans, the majority of whom nowadays refuse to appear on the network whatsoever.

As reported by The Guardian back in June, the network’s leadership “has entered high gear in a reformist effort to phase out overt political partisanship, dissuade non-primetime anchors from airing their views, and broadly to avoid presenting the extremes of political thought of either side, left or right.”

Unlike say MSNBC or The Young Turks, the problem with CNN in recent years has been its insistence on presenting itself as impartial, or in their own words, “the most trusted name in news.” Yet after minutes of tuning into the channel, most viewers immediately decipher that it is intimately connected and supportive of the liberal establishment while holding conservatives in middle America with contempt.

Could this mark the return of CNN as a credible news source that seeks to deliver impartial information and analysis to all sides of the political spectrum? My advice is not to hold your breath.

Ben Kew is English Editor of El American. He studied politics and modern languages at the University of Bristol where he developed a passion for the Americas and anti-communist movements. He previously worked as a national security correspondent for Breitbart News. He has also written for The Spectator, Spiked, PanAm Post, and The Independent


Ben Kew es editor en inglés de El American. Estudió política y lenguas modernas en la Universidad de Bristol, donde desarrolló una pasión por las Américas y los movimientos anticomunistas. Anteriormente trabajó como corresponsal de seguridad nacional para Breitbart News. También ha escrito para The Spectator, Spiked, PanAm Post y The Independent.

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