Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes faced a barrage of questions last Friday about CNN's liberal tilt. The National Center for Public Policy Research's Justin Danhof confronted Bewkes at a shareholder meeting. After reading a litany of examples of CNN's bias, The general counsel for the National Center pressed, "...Do you recognize that there is a liberal bias atthe network and that may be hurting the ratings?"
Bewkes blandly spun, "We [at CNN] are trying to beindependent and objective inthese reports...We are trying to be an objective news journalism organization." The CEO called accusations of bias a "question of perception." After making clear that he wasn't "admitting what you ask," Bewkes allowed, "I do, however, take your question and your dissatisfaction as a very constructive thing. I think that is the way we should approach looking at how we are doing every day."
After many years of being the channel people turned to for breaking news, the Cable News Network announced on Wednesday that while reporting news is still CNN’s “bread and butter,” the liberal channel will add a heavy emphasis on acquiring unscripted shows by outside producers in the vein of documentaries like Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown and films like Blackfish.
Years of left-wing bias have apparently cost the network its “Most Trusted Name in News” status, along with a series of factual bungles during big news events. But will the new films follow in the liberal footsteps of Morgan Spurlock's Inside Man project or air some films by conservatives as part of its new strategy?