John Harwood quits CNN amid news channel changes

LOS ANGELES (AP) — CNN White House correspondent John Harwood said he is leaving the news channel, an abrupt departure that comes amid other CNN changes.

« Today is my last day at CNN, » Harwood said in a tweet posted Friday. He said he was proud of his work and said he was « lucky to serve America’s finest media, » including stints at the St. Petersburg Times, Wall Street Journal, NBC and CNN.

« I can’t wait to find out what’s next, » he said. said on Twitter. The channel did not respond to an email request for comment.

Last month, CNN canceled its weekly media analysis show « Reliable Sources » after three decades on the air, and host Brian Stelter left the network. The show appeared to be an early casualty of CNN’s efforts to be less politically confrontational — a priority of Chris Licht, who became the network’s chairman and CEO in the spring, and its boss, David Zaslav. , head of the parent company of Warner Bros. Discovery. .

Harwood came to CNN in 2020 from CNBC, where he was chief White House correspondent.

About two hours before Harwood announced he was leaving CNN, he was on the air discussing President Joe Biden’s speech on Thursday, in which Biden called former President Donald Trump an extremist treat for the nation.

Harwood said “Biden’s central point in this political talk about the threat to democracy is true. This is something that is not easy to say for us journalists. We are brought up to believe that there are two different political parties with different viewpoints, and we do not take sides in honest disagreements between them.

“But that’s not what we’re talking about. These are not honest disagreements. The Republican Party is currently run by a dishonest demagogue,” Harwood said, in part.


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