Leftist heads explode over report CNN looking to bring in Charles Barkley

New CNN boss Chris Licht is reportedly seeking to hire reasonable, down-to-Earth, politically centrist sports media star Charles Barkley, and leftists can’t stand it.

News of Licht’s reported intentions emerged on Friday from Puck News, which noted that Licht “has been pitching a number of on-air talents from the worlds of news, entertainment, sports and comedy about hosting weekly, news-oriented prime time shows on his network,” including Barkley.

Barkley’s potential show in particular “would see the 11-time NBA All-Star, Hall of Famer, and current mega-popular TNT Inside the NBA analyst interviewing newsmakers, journalists, and other guests about various topics of the day.”

“The conceit is that a genuine, outspoken, often humorous figure like Barkley might be a bigger draw than the traditional self-serious newsman, and might be better suited to ask guests the kinds of questions that average Americans actually care about,” according to Puck News.

Without naming names, CNN later somewhat confirmed the news to Fox News.

“Chris is having conversations with dozens of culturally relevant individuals from the worlds of news, sports, entertainment and comedy,” a spokesperson said.

The reaction has been one of fire and fury from leftists, many of whom resent Barkley’s sometimes conservative viewpoints.


Notice all the complaints about the recent changes at CNN. Ever since Licht took over, he’s axed some of the network’s most left-wing hosts and tried to steer the network back toward being a genuine news network versus a left-wing echo chamber.

This has angered the network’s leftist fans, some of whom are now former fans. They believe the network is selling out and becoming conservative — when in reality, Licht’s just trying to make it genuinely fair and balanced, like Fox News.

Barkley is a perfect example of this. He’s neither a raging leftist nor a die-hard conservative. He’s an average Joe with average Joe opinions. Some of his opinions run to the left, and some of them run to the right.

The problem is that leftists only see the world through the lens of leftism, and so they resent the prospect of being exposed to conservative ideas and observations.

Ideas such as disdain for cancel culture and “PC people,” as Barkley once called “woke” zealots who zealously follow the diktats of political correctness.

And observations such as the one Barkley made last year when he said that the liberal “utopia” of San Francisco is a “dirty ass” city that “needs a good washing.”

In fairness to CNN’s leftist critics, the network’s ratings have plummeted even further amid the changes sought by Licht.

However, they were already pitifully low before thanks largely to its drumbeat of left-wing content that most people evidently found unappealing.

Granted, some of the recent ratings decline has probably stemmed from the fact that some of its primetime slots are currently devoid of a regular host and thus rudderless, thanks to all of the leftist hosts who’ve been fired.

“For over a year, CNN has struggled to fill the gaping hole in its primetime lineup. After the 2021 firing of Chris Cuomo, the 9 p.m. ET time slot has been a revolving door of failed experiments from Jim Acosta to Jake Tapper while oftentimes the network has turned to 8 p.m. anchor Anderson Cooper to do two back-to-back hours,” according to Fox News.

“The primetime woes grew further complicated in September when Licht pulled Don Lemon, who anchored his own two-hour show from 10 p.m. til midnight, to launch a morning show alongside Poppy Harlow and Kaitlan Collins, which was met with behind-the-scenes drama and waning viewership,” Fox News reported Friday.

What remains to be seen is whether filling these spots, particularly with reasonable people like Barkley, will fix CNN’s dilemma …


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