Ex-MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann labeled former colleague Chris Licht a “TV fascist” after the brand new CNN boss announced an overhaul of the struggling network.
Olbermann lashed out at Licht shortly after CNN revealed that left-leaning anchor Don Lemon would shift from primetime to co-host a revamped morning show alongside network veterans Kaitlan Collins and Poppy Harlow.
“Chris Licht (who, after we worked together at msnbc, I believed used to eat paste) has now surrounded Don Lemon with an ex-Every day Caller ‘journalist’ and anyone who last month demanded an apology from Biden to Republicans,” Olbermann tweeted. “The @CNN S–tstorm is here.”
Collins worked on the conservative news site the Every day Caller prior to joining CNN in 2017. While Olbermann didn’t name Harlow, he referenced a recent CNN segment by which she asked White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre if President Biden would apologize after accusing the GOP of embracing “semi-fascism.”
Keith Olbermann slammed Chris Licht and John Malone.Disney General Entertainment Con
Lemon, Collins and Harlow will replace anchors Brianna Keilar and John Berman, the present hosts of CNN’s morning show “Recent Day.” Licht had indicated for months that CNN was planning an overhaul of its morning programming block, which has struggled to attract viewers.
Olbermann, an avowed liberal, took aim at Licht and other executives at CNN parent Warner Bros. Discovery for attempting to shift the network toward straight news coverage quite than left-leaning commentary.
“(And @brikeilarcnn’s cut-and-pasted criticism about Biden’s marines, and doubling and tripling down on this pathetic and hypocritical conservative talking point, didn’t save her. You possibly can never be sufficiently doctrinaire for TV Fascists like Licht and John Malone),” he added.
Keilar had recently criticized Biden for delivering a speech with uniformed Marines within the backdrop as he slammed Republican lawmakers.
Keith Olbermann is a former MSNBC anchor.Getty Images
“Whatever you’re thinking that of this speech the military is presupposed to be apolitical,” Keilar tweeted. “Positioning Marines in uniform behind President Biden for a political speech flies within the face of that. It’s incorrect when Democrats do it. It’s incorrect when Republicans do it.”
Olbermann anchored a night show on MSNBC from 2003 to 2011. Licht rose to change into executive producer of “Morning Joe” after joining the network in 2005. He left to hitch CBS in 2011.
The Post has reached out to CNN and Warner Bros. Discovery for comment on Olbermann’s remarks.
Don Lemon will co-host CNN’s morning show.Getty Images for Live Nation
The shakeup in CNN’s morning lineup got here just weeks after the network canned left-leaning anchor Brian Stelter.
Some critics suggested that John Malone, the billionaire media mogul and influential Warner Bros. Discovery board member, was the driving force behind CNN’s overhaul.
Malone denied any involvement in Stelter’s firing, though he admitted he wants CNN to change into “more centrist.”