Ex-CNN Host Brian Stelter Lands New Job At Harvard Kennedy School

CNN has attracted mixed reviews for its recent staffing shakeups amid an apparent effort to shift away from a clearly liberal newsroom bias. One of incoming CEO Chris Licht’s most attention-grabbing decisions included the cancellation of the long-running weekend show “Reliable Sources” and ouster of its host, Brain Stelter.

Recent reports reveal that Stelter has landed on his feet with a new position at Harvard University.

He was named the media and democracy fellow at the Shorenstein Center of Media, Politics, and Public Policy within Harvard’s Kennedy School. A statement from the university explained that Stelter will be in charge of shaping conversations about how the media can respond to threats to democracy.

“These discussions with media leaders, policymakers, politicians, and Kennedy School students, fellows, and faculty will help deepen public and scholarly understanding about the current state of the information ecosystem and its impacts on democratic governance,” the school added.

Stelter’s right-wing critics are sure to question the decision after years of denouncing his overtly antagonistic approach to the Trump administration and conservatives in general.

In the days leading up to the 2016 presidential election, Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity flirted with the idea of taking CNN to court after Stelter claimed that he, among others on the right, wanted then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to die.

“How do I get an apology from CNN?” Hannity asked at the time. “I would love to sue them for slander when they say, ‘Oh, he wants Hillary on her deathbed and dead’ when I said just the opposite.”

Licht appears to be clearing out some of the most conspicuously far-left reporters and commentators while making room for at least a few moderate and conservative voices. After the network and Stelter parted ways, White House correspondent John Harwood, also a frequent critic of former President Donald Trump, confirmed that he was no longer employed by CNN.

While the apparent ideological shift has sparked backlash and boycott efforts from CNN’s largely left-wing base, at least a few prominent conservatives seem to be embracing the change.

In a recent social media post complaining about Fox News Channel’s perceived leftward turn, Trump wrote: “If ‘low ratings’ CNN ever went Conservative, they would be an absolute gold mine, and I would help them to do so!”