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CNN’s Jeff Zucker Throws the Baby Out With the Charlie Hebdo Bathwater

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When all eyes were on Paris last week as 12 people were killed at the offices of the satirical publication Charlie Hebdo and an additional 4 at a kosher supermarket on Friday, CNN employees think CEO Jeff Zucker pulled a fast one. There was an awkward situation at CNN there was an announcement that Alisyn Camerota, who has filled in as a co-anchor on “New Day” for Kate Bolduan, who has been on maternity leave, will take over the position permanently. Bolduan is not going to be entirely cast aside; she will be co-hos of “@ This Hour” at 11 a.m.

However, CNN insiders are upset, as reported by the Daily News, at somewhat sneaky manner with which the announcement was made, as kind of a brief footnote while very serious stuff was going on. Women employees are especially upset that a mother who was caring for her baby was pushed out of a show she co-anchored, and the announcement was made on Friday, a very busy news day, so there would be no controversy arising from the staff shuffling.

Some people also question Jeff Zucker’s courage in his refusal to show images of Charlie Hebdo cartoons when reporting on the attack and the aftermath. As reported by mediabistro, Zucker said, “Journalistically, every bone says we want to use and should use the images. As managers, protecting and taking care of the safety of our employees around the world is more important right now.”

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