CNN President Jeff Zucker went on the record to state that his network’s anti-Trump news is “boosting” employee morale, and that employees can wear it as a “badge of honor”.
After yesterday’s press conference, where President Trump made fun of the network for its failing ratings, saying that he was downgrading CNN from merely “fake news,” to “very fake news,” CNN struck back, boasting about their liberal themed “news”.
According to an interview with POLITICO, “They wear those insults as a badge of honor, because it means they are doing their jobs,” Zucker said, referring to the network’s reporters and employees. “I would say that morale is incredibly high … They are not being intimidated, they are not backing down, they know they have my full support and it is a very exciting time, frankly, to be a journalist at CNN.”
“If there is any issue, it is because they are exhausted. The pace has been nonstop, and it has not let up,” says Zucker.
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The CNN chief did say he was “concerned” at first that the president’s attacks coming “on a daily basis” might hurt the network. But he claimed that there hadn’t been any harm done. He pointed to a recent study to make his case.
“There has been no diminution whatsoever,” Zucker claimed the study showed. “The CNN brand is as strong as it has ever been. Incredibly trusted. And we have seen no impact whatsoever in all those attacks on the CNN brand.”
“The demand for CNN is incredibly high,” Zucker insisted. “These are very good times for us, and the money is following,” he said, adding that the network is looking to make one billion in profits this year.
At the same event, Turner President David Levy chimed in that the network’s advertising is still strong. “CNN last year had its best year ever in terms of advertising,” he said.