Ex-MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann labeled former colleague Chris Licht a “TV fascist” after the brand new CNN boss introduced an overhaul of the struggling community.
Olbermann lashed out at Licht shortly after CNN revealed that left-leaning anchor Don Lemon would shift from primetime to co-host a revamped morning present alongside community veterans Kaitlan Collins and Poppy Harlow.
“Chris Licht (who, once we labored collectively at msnbc, I believed used to eat paste) has now surrounded Don Lemon with an ex-Each day Caller ‘journalist’ and any individual who final month demanded an apology from Biden to Republicans,” Olbermann tweeted. “The @CNN S–tstorm is right here.”
Collins labored on the conservative information website the Each day Caller previous to becoming a member of CNN in 2017. Whereas Olbermann didn’t identify Harlow, he referenced a latest CNN phase by which she requested White Home press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre if President Biden would apologize after accusing the GOP of embracing “semi-fascism.”
Lemon, Collins and Harlow will substitute anchors Brianna Keilar and John Berman, the present hosts of CNN’s morning present “New Day.” Licht had indicated for months that CNN was planning an overhaul of its morning programming block, which has struggled to attract viewers.
Olbermann, an avowed liberal, took goal at Licht and different executives at CNN mother or father Warner Bros. Discovery for attempting to shift the community towards straight information protection moderately than left-leaning commentary.
“(And @brikeilarcnn’s cut-and-pasted grievance about Biden’s marines, and doubling and tripling down on this pathetic and hypocritical conservative speaking level, didn’t save her. You may by no means be sufficiently doctrinaire for TV Fascists like Licht and John Malone),” he added.
Keilar had not too long ago criticized Biden for delivering a speech with uniformed Marines within the backdrop as he slammed Republican lawmakers.
“No matter you consider this speech the army is meant to be apolitical,” Keilar tweeted. “Positioning Marines in uniform behind President Biden for a political speech flies within the face of that. It’s mistaken when Democrats do it. It’s mistaken when Republicans do it.”
Olbermann anchored a night present on MSNBC from 2003 to 2011. Licht rose to turn out to be govt producer of “Morning Joe” after becoming a member of the community in 2005. He left to affix CBS in 2011.
The Publish has reached out to CNN and Warner Bros. Discovery for touch upon Olbermann’s remarks.
The shakeup in CNN’s morning lineup got here simply weeks after the community canned left-leaning anchor Brian Stelter.
Some critics steered that John Malone, the billionaire media mogul and influential Warner Bros. Discovery board member, was the driving drive behind CNN’s overhaul.
Malone denied any involvement in Stelter’s firing, although he admitted he needs CNN to turn out to be “extra centrist.”