CNN’s Elise Labott, its Global Affairs correspondent, was suspended by the network for tweeting a lamentation over the House’s vote to pause the admission of Syrian and Iraqi refugees until “key national security agencies” determine that they are not risks to national security.
Deploying personification, Labott expressed the Statue of Liberty’s sadness:
The Washington Post’s media reporter, Erick Wemple, jumped to attention:
Labott subsequently apologized on Twitter. Many reporters and journalists, however, expressed solidarity with her and her position.
Jeffrey Zucker, CNN’s president, has repeatedly characterized CNN as a middle-of-the-road news operation to be placed between what he describes as left-wing MSNBC and right-wing Fox News Channel. He has said that FNC “has gone further out of the news business than we have.” Zucker has also said, “We happen to be in the business (of breaking news), as opposed to some other fair and balanced network.”
Given the increased scrutiny of pervasive left-wing media bias in recent months due to the ascendance of Donald Trump and a shift of strategy by conservatives in calling out the media, CNN’s personalities have become increasingly defensive to shield their network and its ideological allies from exposure.
"House passes bill that could limit Syrian refugees. Statue of Liberty bows head in anguish."
Following the disaster that was CNBC’s Republican debate, CNN tripped over itself blaming the debacle on everything but left-wing bias. After CNN’s Alisyn Camerota’s hostile interview with Ben Carson, in which she pushed now-defunct opposition research towards the retired neurosurgeon, she fretted that Republicans were engaging in an “attack on journalism”. Cuomo, her morning co-anchor, has described CNN as the “gold standard” of journalism.
Americans’ trust in media is at a historical low.