CNN President Jeff Zucker said Monday that he didn’t know whether his network will cover the Republican-led hearings on the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, arguing that CNN will not be “shamed” into reporting on something if it has no news value.
“We’re not going to be shamed into it by others who have political beliefs that want to try to have temper tantrums to shame other news organizations into covering something,” he said in an interview with the New York Times at the Deadline Club’s annual awards dinner in New York City, Mediaite reported.
“If it’s of real news value, we’ll cover it,” he added.
Other things of real news value on CNN include the possibility that a missing plane flew into a black hole.
CNN host Don Lemon raised the possibility Wednesday night that the missing Malaysia Airlines flight was swallowed by a black hole
If CNN ever reports on Benghazi, it will be to discuss whether Ambassador Stevens vanished into a black hole.
But it’s no surprise that Jeff Zucker can’t be shamed. The man has no shame. I’m surprised that he even knows the word.
CNN’s widely and deservedly mocked coverage of the missing Malaysian jet is a-ok with the network’s boss mostly because a ton of people watched it. “I’m incredibly comfortable with it,” Jeff Zucker said in an interview yesterday, as reported by Capital New York.
Other things that Jeff Zucker is incredibly comfortable with include… covering major breaking Justin Bieber stories.
“I’m incredibly comfortable with the way CNN covered the Justin Bieber story,” Zucker told the audience.
Also Jeff Zucker is comfortable getting fired for his incompetence…
“We had both gotten to the same place,” Mr. Zucker said. “He made it clear that they wanted to move on at the close of the deal, and I was completely comfortable with that.”
Zucker was incredibly comfortable with Keith Olbermann…
“A lot of the basis of your question really emanates from the tremendous emergence of Keith Olbermann‘s program at 8 o’clock. I think I’m incredibly comfortable with that program.”
And then Olbermann had to be forced out. Much like Jeff Zucker.
So what did Jeff Zucker do before becoming the President of CNN and becoming an expert on all things journalistic?
He produced Katie Couric’s failed talk show. Katie. Couric probably didn’t find the time to discuss Benghazi in between the cooking segments.
President and CEO since 2007, Zucker oversaw a whopping decline in viewership during his tenure — with prime-time programming losing to not only ABC (DIS), CBS (CBS), and Fox (NWS), but reruns on basic cable. He led NBC Universal’s precipitous 28% fall in profitability between 2008 and 2009 and effectively destroyed the Tonight Show brand. In an op-ed by Maureen Dowd, an unnamed executive from another network referred to Zucker as “a case study in the most destructive media executive ever to exist.”
There is no doubt that Zucker’s legacy in Hollywood will be as one of the most disliked executives ever to head a Big Media company. His rival moguls laughed at his humiliations. The agents and managers and lawyers treated him like a buffoon. Even his own NBC show 30 Rock and anointed late night comic Jay Leno made jokes at his expense every chance they got. And each time he made an error in judgment, which seemed like all the time, he never paid a price for his mistakes, which made ”Zucked” and “Zuckered” part of the media lexicon.
You can guess what happened when Jeff Zucker was fired from NBC and then ended up becoming President of CNN.
Since Jeff Zucker was named president of CNN Worldwide, the cable network has been plagued with some of its lowest ratings ever. Yet, staffers who heard Zucker talk about the channel and his tenure at a company-wide town hall meeting last Wednesday said he made it seem like he had already piloted the cable channel to greatness.
That’s Jeff Zucker, consistently in last place. And now the last place news network run by a human black hole is announcing that it won’t cover Benghazi.
More viewers for FOX and MSNBC then. More failure for Jeff Zucker. Maybe he and Katie Couric can get together after all this is over and launch another talk show.