Friday 23 September 2022 07:11 AM 'He's kowtowing to bosses': CNN's Jake Tapper accused of trying to 'kiss-up' to ... trends now
CNN's Jake Tapper has been accused of 'kowtowing to the new bosses' and deliberately steering his program to the right, in a bid to win over CEO Chris Licht.
Tapper, the network's lead Washington anchor, was rewarded on Thursday by being named as the replacement for Chris Cuomo at the coveted 9pm primetime slot.
Tapper's new job begins on October 10, and will run for a month - but insiders believe he will likely become the permanent host.
Viewers and insiders noted that the 53-year-old had become decidedly more right wing, which they said was designed to appeal to Licht - who has said he wants to make the network less left-leaning and opinionated.
'Tapper is trying to survive,' said a media source, speaking to The New York Post. 'He's kowtowing to his bosses.'
Another added: 'He's very ambitious,' describing him as 'very hard-working' with a 'healthy ego.'
Jake Tapper, CNN's lead Washington anchor, will take over the 9pm slot from Chris Cuomo, who was forced from the network in December
Since taking the helm, Chris Licht (pictured), who headed Stephen Colbert's Late Show for six years, has demonstrated a desire to move away from opinionated reporting that became especially prevalent during Donald Trump 's election campaign and subsequent presidency
'Now we know why Jake was sucking up to the new bosses. Quid pro quo,' tweeted one.
'Getting promoted for kissing up to the new right wing/Trumper overlords eh Jake?' said another.
One woman complained about the lack of 'real emotion' from anchors.
'Ever since the new owner came in the actual 'hard hitting' news hasn't been there,' she said.
'The real emotion they use to have is going away and it's trying to play the middle ground to get fox viewers. That's not how you get an audience. That's how you turn them away.'
Another said they had lost faith in Tapper after he tweeted a promotion of Jared Kushner's new book - a move seen by many as a pitch to Licht and his team.
'No thanks. I dropped CNN & Jake Tapper after his retweet promoting Jared Kushner's book.'