Upon Jeff Zucker’s resignation as President of CNN, several members of Congress called reporters from the network to express how they were “devastated for our democracy,” according to a report from Vanity Fair.
The former CNN president attributed his resignation to failing to properly report a relationship with a colleague and comes amidst turmoil at the network over plummeting viewership and pedophilia scandals.
A Vanity Fair article – “This Does Not Fit the Crime”: CNN Employees Continue to Push Back on the Fall of Jeff Zucker – details the response of Zucker’s colleagues to his resignation along with several members of U.S. Congress.
One member sits on the January 6th committee, according to the report about a Wednesday meeting between CNN’s Washington bureau and Jason Kilar, CEO of parent company WarnerMedia, who made the decision that Zucker could not remain with the company”:
“Toward the end of the meeting, in which prominent CNN journalists went hard at Kilar over Zucker’s resignation, special correspondent Jamie Gangel spoke up. “The first calls I got this morning were from four members of the January 6 committee, who felt devastated for our democracy, because Jeff was not going to be around to make sure that CNN is able to do its job,” she said (later clarifying to colleagues that she meant to say four congresspeople, including one member of the committee).”
The article does not identify which representatives phoned CNN’s Gangel.
Zucker’s resignation follows a string of high-profile network employees being involved in sexual impropriety and criminal activity, prompting The National Pulse to ask just a few weeks ago: “Is CNN President Jeff Zucker responsible for the network’s institutional sex problems?”
Network talent – including on-air and off-air employees – have been involved in a wide range of criminal acts including soliciting sex from minors, groping, and intimidating victims of sexual harassment.