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CEO of CNN’s Parent Company Faces Backlash After CNBC Interview 

David Zaslav called CNN “leaders in news to the left” during an interview on CNBC.

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It hasn’t been the greatest week for CNN following the resignation of president Jeff Zucker after revealing a consensual relationship with fellow executive Allison Gollust. 

Now, the network finds itself in more hot water once again after the CEO of their new parent company, Discovery, made remarks during an appearance on CNBC that went viral. 

David Zaslav was on the rival network discussing the fallout from Zucker’s resignation. The CEO discussed why viewers should stand by CNN as they go through these changes at the executive level. 

“We have this great entertainment menu, which should keep people in the home, from the kids to the grandparents. Why would they go anywhere else? And then we’re the leader in news to the left,” Zaslav told CNBC. 

CNBC host Joe Kernan then provided a follow-up remark regarding Zaslav’s statement when he said, “leaders in news to the left.” 

“Definitely to the left. Did you say to the left?” Kernan said before taking back the question, saying he “probably shouldn’t have said that.”

After the CNBC appearance, the Discovery team had to put out the viral media fire, stating that Zaslav frequently uses phrases like “the left” or “the right” to reference present and future business endeavors. 

Later in the interview, Zaslav did refer to growth “on the right side of the company,” which he expressed as incorporating WarnerMedia-owned HBO and a growing portfolio of sports rights.

A Discovery spokesperson also told the New York Post that Zaslav “didn’t finish his thought,” adding that he uses the saying to manage his discussions about Discovery’s business. 

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ABC News Executive Editor Stacia Deshishku to Depart

She becomes the latest leader to leave the company after a restructuring from The Walt Disney Company earlier this year.

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ABC News has announced Executive Editor Stacia Deshishku will exit the network on Friday, June 28th.

She becomes the latest leader to leave the company after a restructuring from The Walt Disney Company earlier this year. Former ABC News President Kim Godwin left the network in May after an investigation into her practices was set to commence.

Deshishku worked closely with producers of World News Tonight, This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Nightline, Good Morning America, and The View, among others of the network’s programs.

Before joining ABC, Deshishku worked as CNN’s director of coverage. She led the network’s White House unit and also oversaw breaking news coverage during her tenure at the cable news network.

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MSNBC, Newsmax, NewsNation to Simulcast CNN Debate, Report Claims

None of the networks have publicly announced their intention to partner with CNN.

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As CNN makes preparations to host the first presidential debate next week, it has added several partners to simulcast the event. A new report suggests MSNBC, Newsmax, and NewsNation will join an already growing field of partners.

A report from the Los Angeles Times claims that the CNN debate will be added by MSNBC/NBC News, Newsmax, NewsNation, Scripps News, and Telemundo.

When asked by Barrett News Media if the network was partnering with CNN to broadcast the debate, Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy simply stated “True.”

Those networks would join ABC News — who will host the second presidential debate in September, Fox News, and PBS as simulcast partners. In addition to airing on Fox News, the network will also broadcast the 90-minute event on the Fox Business Network, network FOX, the FOX Nation streaming app, and will provide the debate to its Fox News Radio affiliates.

While the report from the LA Times says that the bevy of networks will also simulcast the event, none of the networks outside of Newsmax have publicly announced their intention to partner with CNN. Barrett News Media has asked each network for comment.

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Fox News to Simulcast CNN Presidential Debate

Fox News Radio will provide a simulcast of Fox News Channel for its post-debate coverage. Jared Halpern and Jessica Rosenthal will anchor coverage on the radio network.

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Fox News has become the latest network to join CNN as a simulcast partner for the upcoming presidential debate.

On Thursday, June 27th, Fox News will join ABC News and PBS as networks simulcasting the 90-minute event produced by CNN.

In its pre-debate coverage, an early edition of Jesse Watters Primetime at 7 PM ET will be followed by a special anchored by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, alongside Dana Perino and Watters. Sean Hannity will be live on location at CNN’s Atlanta studios.

Meanwhile, senior White House correspondent Peter Doocy will provide coverage from the White House while Chad Pergram will discuss how the Commission on Presidential Debates was side-stepped by the Biden and Trump campaigns.

Shannon Bream will anchor coverage on the FOX network between 9-11 PM ET as the debate is aired.

After the debate, Hannity will host a one-hour program before Fox News @ Night with Trace Gallagher takes over coverage on the cable network.

Additionally, Fox News Radio will provide a simulcast of Fox News Channel broadcasting the CNN debate for its radio affiliates. Jared Halpern and Jessica Rosenthal will anchor post-debate coverage on the radio network.

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