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Chris Licht Wants to Expand ‘Global Dominance of CNN’

CNN boss Chris Licht is about half a year into his job as the leader of the cable news channel after taking over the role from Jeff Zucker in May. 

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CNN boss Chris Licht is about half a year into his job as the leader of the cable news channel after taking over the role from Jeff Zucker in May. 

Despite the short time at the network, there’s been plenty of changes. Nonetheless, all the shifting at CNN is part of Licht’s long-term plan for the network to be a “global dominance” under his leadership. 

“I want to expand the global dominance of CNN by doing two things right engaging the people who are already coming to us, more particularly on digital, and then creating a nimble news organization that can weather any storm and not only survive, but thrive and using that currency to attract new audiences,” Licht said on the recent episode of “On with Kara Swisher.”

Licht outlined his plan for television and digital and how he intends for CNN to have the company secure the number of unique visitors they get and turn them into regular visitors for their digital and television news coverage. 

“So we have the largest news gathering operation in the world, second to none,” Licht added. “And then how do we put that on television and online and that’s the programming part of it. And then, really, digital creating a multimedia home to engage with people. As you know, we have the number one news website in the world. 

“If we have upwards of 180,000,000 unique users, they come, they say, ‘Hi, thanks for the breaking news,’ and then they leave. And if we can get them to stay and engage and become vital in their life and become more of a full-service news and information leader, there’s tremendous upside for that.”

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Oliver Darcy: Kanye West Latest Example in Rise of Hate Speech on Twitter

CNN media reporter Oliver Darcy appeared on the network to state that West’s remarks are the latest on Twitter, which has seen a rise in hate speech on the media outlet.

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After Twitter brought back hip-hop star Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, it didn’t take long for the social platform to suspend his account again after an anti-Semitic rant on Thursday. 

“I tried my best. Despite that, he again violated our rule against incitement to violence,” Twitter owner Elon Musk tweeted, announcing the suspension. “Account will be suspended.”

CNN media reporter Oliver Darcy appeared on the network to state that West’s remarks are the latest on Twitter, which has seen a rise in hate speech on the media outlet.

“It’s also something these rants from him come as we’re seeing a sharp rise in hate speech on Twitter, and the ADL has said it’s a troubling trend that really mimics the broader growth in antisemitism across the country,” Darcy said.

Darcy also stated that the Republican Party and conservative media has a hand in West’s spiral for trying to clean him up and prop him to the base.

“It’s also a stunning indictment for the Republican Party,” Darcy added. “You remember that last week he dined with former President Donald Trump and people like Tucker Carlson, who cleaned up his antisemitic remarks earlier, when he did an interview with him, they vouched for him in the Republican Party. They hyped him up to the conservative base.”

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Current, Former CNN Staffers React to Network’s Recent Layoffs

CNN made its latest round of cuts to end 2022 as several staffers were let go as part of a broader Warner Bros. Discovery action to trim costs.

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CNN made its latest round of cuts to end 2022 as several staffers were let go as part of a broader Warner Bros. Discovery action to trim costs.

The layoffs affected hundreds of employees but amounted to a “single-digit percentage” of staff, per CNBC. Nonetheless, the company employees laid off share their thoughts on social media.

Here’s what some said after CNN went through with its layoffs, leading to many knowing they are without a job and others knowing their colleagues are no longer working there:

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Alex Jones Files For Bankruptcy

Jones has laughed at the dollar amount awarded to the families. He has claimed he has less than $2 million in assets.

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InfoWars founder and host Alex Jones has filed for personal bankruptcy.

Jones has been ordered to pay nearly $1.5 billion to the families of victims from the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre after he repeatedly claimed the event was a hoax.

Court records indicated Jones filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Houston. The filing indicates he has $1 billion to $10 billion in liabilities.

Jones has laughed at the dollar amount awarded to the families. He has claimed he has less than $2 million in assets and will never be able to pay the awarded total. During the trial that resulted in him being ordered to pay damages, Jones was accused of concealing millions of dollars in assets to avoid having to pay.

“Since the Sandy Hook Families filed their lawsuits, the Debtor has systematically transferred millions of dollars to Alex Jones and his relatives and insider entities,” a filing from the victims claimed.

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