This Is...A Meltdown
Is CNN racist?
Many staffers were stunned when Feder constantly complained that the viewership of “Early Start” and “Starting Point” was “too ethnic,” based on the high concentration of minority viewers. This common complaint worked itself up through the company, to CNN’s Diversity Committee, and to other staffers, who were mortified that a CNN executive was squabbling over attracting minority viewers. *Update below.CNN's woes go beyond bigotry, but this certainly doesn't help...
For all of of the talk that “Starting Point” has been a failure, CNN execs have few to blame. Phil Kent, CEO of Turner, CNN’s parent company, is said to have hated the show and O’Brien in particular. Sources say he routinely ripped the show in the past six months.
All in all, staffers are feeling a cocktail mix of emotions that include relief, fear and anger. They say they’ve long tired of conflicting messages, promises that were never delivered, and a schizophrenic vision offered by a cadre of executives who never got along.