According to several former contributors to the cable news network, CNN has increasingly become the anti-conservative, "hate Trump" network that allows only Republicans critical of the president on their airwaves and has systematically "squeezed out" conservative voices.
"Most of us got squeezed out involuntarily," former CNN contributor and former Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) told Mediaite. "I was there for 2 years and was certainly willing to continue. It was clear to me in the end that the Republicans they prefer are anti-Trump Republicans."
Mediaite also spoke with former CNN analyst Stephen Moore, who echoed Kingston's sentiments about the network's apparent preference for anti-Trump Republicans, noting that one of the few Republicans they feature is former Ohio Gov. and vocal Trump critic John Kasich.
"CNN is the hate Trump network," said Moore. "They just trash Trump every single hour of every single day. All they’ve talked about for two years is the Muller report and how bad does it make them look now that it proved nothing?"
Another former CNN contributor that has not been shy about voicing complaints about CNN's "obvious" bias is talk radio host Buck Sexton, who told Mediate that the network now "openly despises conservatives who are pro-Trump."
"CNN used to pretend it accepted right wing voices for balance, but now it openly despises conservatives who are pro-Trump," Sexton told Mediaite. "Today the entire enterprise clings to a fundamental dishonesty: that it has no political agenda. Taking down Trump is obviously the agenda. And in this regard, some of CNN’s ‘hard news’ anchors are the biggest journalistic frauds of all."
As Fox News notes, the list of CNN's right-leaning voices has been dwindling at a rapid pace in recent months. Some of their departures have been prompted by Trump appointments: "Last week, the network fired former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli as reports indicated he was being considered for a high-ranking immigration post in the Department of Homeland Security. Earlier this year, CNN fired economic analyst Stephen Moore after President Trump nominated him to serve on the Federal Reserve Board."
Others have been fired ostensibly over scandals, the competing cable news network reports: "Previously, CNN let go other commentators who supported President Trump. Contributors Jeffrey Lord and Ed Martin were fired for remarks they made outside the network. Paris Denard was let go after he was accused of sexual misconduct from a previous job."
Others, like Kingston, former South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, Corey Lewandowski, Marc Short and Jason Miller, found that their contracts, often short-lived, were not renewed.
As The Daily Wire noted last week, amid accusations of the network's political bias against those on the right, particularly those who support the president, and declining ratings, CNN is also reportedly facing significant layoffs. "Specific details were not yet known, but a source told Fox News that 'basically the whole division' will lose their jobs," Fox New's Brian Flood reported last week. TVNewser confirmed that report on Friday.