CNN cancels Reliable Sources, sacks host Brian Stelter

Brian Stelter

Brian Stelter became the latest casualty of a programming reboot at CNN on Thursday when the network confirmed that it was canceling his Sunday show “Reliable Sources” and showing its host the door. The shakeup comes as part of an attempt by network and parent company executives to move CNN away from its laughably biased coverage of the Trump administration from ego-fueled commentators and back toward more news-focused programming.

CNN chief Chris Licht informed Stelter of the decision yesterday. Licht has been making cuts throughout the network since taking the helm as part of Warner Bros. Discovery’s takeover of the old Time Warner company. Stelter, who often touted the show’s ratings on Twitter, was among those CNN hosts targeted for frequent criticism from conservatives for his coverage of the media in the Trump years.

A corporate spokesperson confirmed the show’s demise and said the network wished Stelter well in his future endeavors.

The network said in its confirmations that “CNN will end its ‘Reliable Sources’ program on Sunday, August 21st” and “as a result Brian Stelter will leave the company.” In addition to Stelter, the staff at “Reliable Sources” was laid off, too.

Stelter told NPR in a statement that “It was a rare privilege to lead a weekly show focused on the press at a time when it has never been more consequential,” clearly not willing to give up his self-aggrandizing.

The soon to be former host tweeted the link to NPR’s coverage and re-shared a video from March looking back at his first episode of “Reliable Sources” but has only commented that he picked a “bad day” to not have his cell phone charged up:

Stelter’s demise at CNN was preceded by CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin’s announcement last week that he would not be returning to CNN following a vacation amid speculation that he too was told to beat it by CNN executives who are trying to clean house.