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Tapper Troubles & Semafornication

Jake Tapper
Jake Tapper took over CNN's coveted 9 p.m. slot on October 10th. Photo: Gary Miller/FilmMagic
Dylan Byers
October 21, 2022

It has been, as is almost always the case, a busy week on the media beat: Rupert Murdoch has moved to consolidate Fox and News Corp, and to elevate his favored son Lachlan to the top of his media empire; the Smiths have finally, finally, launched their highly anticipated new media venture; and, in the ever self-obsessed world of TV news, eagle-eyed media executives and CNN insiders are growing more and more fearful about the viability of Chris Licht’s new Tapper-centric prime time strategy. 

Herewith, I discuss it all with Puck’s co-founder and my editor and business partner, Jon Kelly.