Oliver Darcy, CNN’s left-wing media reporter, was rebuked by his boss Chris Licht over his coverage of the network’s town hall with former President Trump.
Licht and other CNN executives criticized Darcy’s overzealous framing of the fallout the network received, particularly from liberals. Darcy joined the choir of CNN criticism in his “Reliable Sources” newsletter after the town hall.
Fox News Digital reports that Licht received a “ton” of messages from CNN staffers appalled by Darcy’s newsletter, emphasizing how CNN and Licht faced tense backlash “internally” as well as externally.
Licht urged Darcy to apply non-emotional coverage to all news outlets and not just CNN. After Licht stood by the Trump town hall on CNN’s Thursday morning editorial call, he brought Darcy and his editor Jon Passantino in for a meeting later in the day.
During the meeting, Licht repeatedly stressed the importance of remaining dispassionate when covering the news, be it CNN or any other media organization.
According to Puck News, Darcy stood by his work and pushed back on the “emotional” characterization, but afterward, two sources described him as visibly shaken.