Time Warner Chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes was blasted for CNN’s left-wing bias at Time Warner’s annual shareholders meeting Friday. The Hollywood Reporter’s Paul Bond reports that Bewkes was confronted by shareholder Justin Danhof of the Free Enterprise Project of the National Center for Public Policy Research, with a litany of complaints about CNN’s sharp turn to the left under Jeff Zucker.
Danhof’s comments were met with applause from other shareholders:
Her remarks earned applause, as did a question from another shareholder who charged CNN with liberal bias and gave several examples, including CNN president Jeff Zucker insinuating that Benghazi isn’t newsworthy and saying that he’d like to see more coverage of global warming even though CNN’s audience might not.
“If a terrorist attack that kills four Americans, followed by a coordinated cover-up by the White House, does not constitute ‘news,’ then CNN should remove the middle ‘N’ from its name,” said the shareholder. “CNN is going to try to force its viewers to eat their peas on climate change while continuing to ignore the Benghazi scandal.”
He accused CNN’s Chicagoland producers of coordinating with Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel to ensure a positive portrayal and chastised Zucker for promoting David Chalian to political director even though he once said Republicans are “happy to have a party with black people drowning.”
Bewkes responded with platitudes about being “independent” and “objective,”
This is the second time Danhof has used this particular gathering to confront Bewkes, who apparently took it all in stride and even encouraged Danhof to “keep monitoring CNN.”
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