Brian Stelter Defends CNN Chief Jeff Zucker Over Column on CNN: ‘Just Trying to Cover’ Trump ‘as Accurately as Possible’

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CNN’s Brian Stelter defended his network on Tuesday, writing in response to a New York Times piece that CNN’s aggressive coverage of President Donald Trump was an effort to cover him “accurately.”

“Ben Smith’s Monday media column is about Trump and CNN boss Jeff Zucker,”  Stelter wrote in his Tuesday newsletter. “For what it’s worth, I think Smith missed the simplest explanation of CNN in the Trump age: Anchors and reporters are just trying to cover the biggest story in the world as accurately as possible.”

Stelter’s assertion followed Smith’s column on Monday, which recounted Zucker’s roll in promoting Trump on The Apprentice from 2004 until his 2016 presidential campaign. “In December
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