“AT&T will look to “neutralize” CNN President Jeff Zucker after it buys Time Warner, The Post has learned.NN faced $100M lawsuit over botched Russia story
The buzz from the telecommunications giant comes as CNN is being slammed for highly publicized missteps — including botched reports tied to the federal probe of possible collusion between President Trump’s campaign and Russia, according to three sources familiar with the thinking of AT&T brass.
The missteps, which also include a profane anti-Trump tweet by Reza Aslan, a CNN host, have made CNN too polarizing an asset for execs at the blue chip company, a source said.
Aslan saw his CNN show, “Believer,” get canceled in the wake of the tweet.
The $85 billion acquisition of CNN parent Time Warner by AT&T could win antitrust approval by the Justice Department in the next 60 days, sources said.
“There was early talk about the way Zucker managed that wasn’t a good fit for the new organization,” one source said. “They were eyeing ways to neutralize him.”
That desire leaves Zucker facing an uncertain future that includes the possibility of getting unceremoniously dumped, one source said.”