Jeff Zucker Interview…
Ugh…blogging at 1:32 am…that’s what happens when you go to see a late running of Interstellar. Anyway, The South China Morning Post’s Tiffany Ap has an interview with Jeff Zucker…
“I think that companies take on the tone and tenor of their leadership and I think that as people got to see me and know me they know that I never back down from a fight,” he said. “I think that too often CNN had become too afraid to punch back to its critics and I’m never willing to sit back and let people take shots at CNN.”
Those shots from the critics say that under Zucker’s leadership, CNN has become more right-wing in its attempts to wrest the No1 ratings crown away from Fox, and that it homes in on one to two big stories at any time to the point of obsession.
I don’t recall ANYONE saying that CNN is trying to outflank FNC to the right. Good Lord. What on Earth is Ap talking about?
The channel’s detractors derided its wall-to-wall, marathon coverage of the missing Malaysian airliner MH370, which at times forced reporters to fill airtime even when there were no updates to give, and media-watchers were dismayed that it was done at the exclusion of other stories.
But Zucker does not flinch at such criticism. “That’s part of our strategy,” he said. “The thing about CNN is that everybody has an opinion because CNN is so important and iconic in the world and the history of the last 35 years, so everybody thinks they know what CNN is and what we do. Our strategy over the last 18 months is when a big story happens [such as] the missing Malaysian airliner, [the police shooting and subsequent rioting in] Ferguson or [the suicide of] Robin Williams and to go all-in and to cover stories perhaps longer than competitors, who are often the critics, would or would expect or that CNN might have in the past.”