Former “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter has confirmed he will join the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center to work on Media, Politics and Public Policy. Stelter’s show was axed by CNN last month.
The center confirmed in a press release that Stelter will hold a “range of potential responses from the news media.”
The press release referred to Stelter as “a nationally recognized media reporter and expert on the state of journalism and its wide-reaching implications for society and governance.”
“Given events of the past few years, it’s never been more important to explore and explain the forces that are shaping both our media and our political environment,” Shorenstein Center Director Nancy R. Gibbs wrote in a statement on Monday. “With his long experience covering America’s newsrooms, their choices and their challenges, Brian will be a great resource for our students and scholars alike.”
Stelter also confirmed his new career move on Twitter: “This fall I’ll be the Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow,” he wrote, “convening discussions, some of which will be live-streamed. Grateful to @nancygibbs and her team for the home!”
CNN’s new CEO Chris Licht, who took over CNN in February, stated from the get-go that he intended to make several changes to the network.
“I want to acknowledge that this is a time of significant change, and I know that many of you are unsettled,” Licht told his staff, according to a report by The Hollywood Reporter, “There will be more changes, and you might not understand it or like it.”
Stelter lashed out at CNN’s decision to cancel the show, saying “It’s not partisan to stand up for decency and democracy and dialogue.”
Stelter thrust himself into the limelight in 2020 when he compared the “radicalization” of President Donald Trump’s supporters by the “right-wing media machine” to ISIS members.
“First, the best word for what is happening in America right now is radicalization. That’s what it is. That’s what this hyped-up, right-wing media machine is doing. That’s why it feels harder to talk about politics with other people,” Stelter said in a 2020 interview.
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