CNN was already taunted for claiming its new streaming service would be free from partisan agendas despite the network’s well-established liberal lean, but a satirical inside look at CNN + took the ridiculous to new heights on Thursday.
The Washington Free Beacon ran a satirical article titled “EXCLUSIVE: An Inside Look at CNN +, the Launch of the Cable Network’s Premium Streaming Service in 2022,” which joked subscribers “will be treated to an endless supply of groundbreaking content.” .
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Senior Free Beacon writer Andrew Stiles mocked the Liberal Network’s upcoming streaming service offering, which he joked will include access to “a live Twitch stream from correspondents at” Sources reliable “Brian Stelter and Oliver Darcy watching Fox News all day preparing for their show.”
Stiles also couldn’t resist poking fun at CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin’s return from his infamous Zoom incident.
“Each week, CNN + subscribers will be invited to participate in a lively Zoom discussion with leading network experts, including chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin,” Stiles joked, referring to the expert who recently was welcomed back to the network after being caught masturbating during a Zoom meeting.
“Taking service journalism to the next level, CNN + reporters will show up to the homes of relatives of their supporters supporting Trump and ask hard-hitting questions about their social media posts,” Stiles added to accompany an image of a CNN confronting a woman. at home about her Facebook posts in 2016.
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The satirical Free Beacon article also promoted the return of former CNN mainstay Michael Avenatti, who was recently sentenced to 2.5 years in prison on Thursday after being convicted of attempting to extort Nike.
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“The streaming service will not be bound by the tedious ‘standards’ of network television. Federal prison inmate Michael Avenatti will also be a regular guest on CNN + programming (if telephone privileges permit),” Stiles joked. “As if that weren’t enough, Jim Acosta’s comedic styles will be fully on display without hindrance. Enjoy!”
While the Free Beacon article was ironic, CNN has also come under serious criticism since the service’s unveiling. During his promotion on Monday, CNN chief digital officer Andrew Morse said the company would not be ideological and that CNN is “not an opinion network.”
“I don’t think anyone looking for a ‘deep lib’ would search CNN,” Morse said on the Variety podcast ‘Strictly Business’. “It’s just not what we’re doing. No, it won’t be ideological. We’re just not in this game. We’re not an opinion network, we’re an information network.”
Morse’s remarks have been widely mocked.
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“So you can watch Kamau Bell ask for funny soft bullets from Antifa or CNN Films’ love letter to RBG, but ‘it won’t be ideological,'” NewsBusters editor-in-chief Tim Graham wrote of the new service.
CNN’s prime-time programming consists only of left-wing commentary from hosts Anderson Cooper, Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon, but CNN’s editorialization is also prevalent among its hosts and reporters such as Acosta, Brianna Keilar and John. Harwood.
Journalist Glenn Greenwald was among critics who sarcastically celebrated the announcement of the network’s new streaming service, questioning CNN’s use of the phrase “much anticipated.”
Fox News’ Cortney O’Brien and David Rutz contributed to this report.