In 2021, CBS News made some changes at the top as it appointed Neeraj Khemlani as its co-president along with ex-ABC executive Wendy McMahon.
The hiring isn’t a year old, but the New York Post reports that there’s some grumbling from employees that he is “rude” and “micromanaging.” The network is reassessing budgets, and there’s some concern that its top talent could be departing.
Big-name anchors like Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell, who are currently renegotiating their contracts, could be on the way out if the new presidents decide to prioritize budget cuts.
“There has never been a more unpopular news division president,” said one CBS veteran. “I don’t think people would be surprised if he’s not here in a couple months.”
Multiple sources told The Post that Khemlani’s sharp elbows have not only provoked several employees to file human resources complaints.
As a result, it led agents for CBS staffers to complain on their clients’ behalf to CBS CEO George Cheeks, who hired Khemlani after taking the helm last January. However, it’s unclear whether any disciplinary action is going to occur.
“Neeraj and Wendy are in the process of leading CBS News and Stations into a dual broadcast and streaming future,” Cheeks told The Post in a statement.
“At every turn, their moves have been thoughtful, strategic and forward-thinking. Change is hard. Evolution is necessary. I support their vision for a next-generation news operation.”
Meanwhile, some staffers in the trenches say they are growing exhausted of evading bullets from Khemlani. One employee recounted a video conference that the exec held with roughly 200 staffers on the call during his first week on the job.
Despite being new to his position, Khemlani took jabs at various news teams, complaining how slowly they got on the air to report breaking stories, among other harsh critiques.
“You’ll be seeing several new hire announcements in the coming weeks that will build on this momentum. Part of any successful transformation is change, and that involves deploying resources in different ways,” a CBS spokesperson said.
“Make no mistake, this is not about cutting; it’s about building and positioning CBS News and its prestigious brand to compete and succeed in a broadcast and streaming world.”
Chris Murphy: U.S. Soul “Is Dying Inside” If School Shootings Are the Norm
Murphy appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” where he discussed the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, leaving 19 children and two adults dead.
Senator Chris Murphy appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” where he discussed the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, leaving 19 children and two adults dead.
Murphy stated on the morning show that “something is dying inside the soul of this nation” when the country collectively permits the massacre of school children to become the norm.
“Something is dying inside the soul of this nation when we accept this as the new normal; when we just decide to become numb because it’s easier,” Murphy said.
“I want people in this country to feel a sense of outrage. That’s the reason I went to the floor yesterday as quickly as I did, because I don’t want people to fall into the sense of complacency.”
Like many parents after Tuesday’s events, Murphy had to talk to their children following the events of the latest school shooting.
“I know that they are sitting in school today talking with their friends about whether their school is next,” Murphy said.
“This is within our power to change. We are human beings with agency. This isn’t inevitable. None of it is. We are dying inside because too many Americans just throw up their hands and say it’s too hard, and the politics are too difficult. Not true.”
Chris Stirewalt Joins NewsNation as its Political Editor
Stirewalt will deliver what NewsNation calls “balanced and accurate political analysis” throughout the election season.
NewsNation will be welcoming a familiar face to their network as Fox News’ former political editor Chris Stirewalt joins the company as its political editor.
In his new position, Stirewalt will deliver what NewsNation calls “balanced and accurate political analysis” throughout the election season.
“Chris Stirewalt’s analytical abilities are the best in the business, and his insights during election season will prove to be an invaluable resource for viewers,” NewsNation’s Michael Corn, president of news, said, per TV Newser.
Stirewalt comes aboard NewsNation during a time when the network is strengthening its political operations.
The company has inked a broadcast partnership agreement with the digital news site Decision Desk HQ to deliver election data and exclusive polling results for the 2022 midterm primaries and general election.
“With honest reporting and data analysis, along with up-to-the-minute results from Decision Desk HQ, we are building upon our mission at NewsNation to become the leader in election night coverage you can trust,” Corn said.
Jeanine Pirro Wants a “Hardening Perimeter” for Each School
Pirro voiced support for “hardening the perimeter” of each school in the country and stationing security guards at them.
The latest mass shooting occurred at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, where a gunman killed 18 students and three adults. Much like in the Sandy Hook and Parkland shootings, many are voicing their opinions about how the country can avoid these incidents.
During a segment on “The Five,” co-host Jeanine Pirro voiced support for “hardening the perimeter” of each school in the country and stationing security guards at them.
“I mean, these children are–they’re babies,” Pirro said, per Mediaite. “They really are babies.”
Pirro suggested that many retired law enforcement officers would be willing to contribute their time to supply security at schools across the United States.
“I think that you’ve got a lot of people now – retired cops, retired sheriffs – who’d be more than happy to protect kids. I think right now – and I don’t want to get into the politics of it – but we’ve got to make sure that people understand, especially the schools and the teachers, that we need this,” Pirro said.
“It is a crazy world today. It’s very different than it was five years ago. But we need to do something about it I think this is one of the only ways to actually protect the school and the children.”