"For all the reasons people hurl spitballs at CNN—its recent scandals; its oft anemic ratings; the number of Trump rallies it aired during the 2016 campaigns—it’s still a place that employs dozens of foreign correspondents who can be counted on to run into danger zones at a moment’s notice," says Vanity Fair's Joe Pompeo. "It’s the channel you flip on whenever there’s a hurricane, or an insurrection in the nation’s capital, or the largest ground invasion in Europe since World War II. With CNN’s Ukraine coverage, its mettle has been proven at a crucial moment. Just weeks ago, it was an institution in turmoil, reeling from a series of interrelated controversies that led to the forced resignation of longtime president Jeff Zucker—not to mention speculation about what lies in store under Warner Bros. Discovery, which will become CNN’s owner any day. (The WarnerMedia–Discovery merger could close as early as Friday.) Now the narrative has quickly shifted: CNN is vital. CNN is a global powerhouse. No one can cover a calamity quite like CNN."
TOPICS: CNN, Jeff Zucker, Cable News, Ukraine Crisis