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Zaslav’s ‘Martian’ Mission

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William D. Cohan
June 11, 2023

Alas, poor Yorick, as the indefatigable Dylan Byers has documented so brilliantly for the past 13 months, Chris Licht’s demise from CNN was inevitable. And now come the inevitable recriminations and second-guessing: Was he set up from the beginning as David Zaslav’s fall guy for necessary cost cutting? Was he just executing John Malone’s editorial bidding as channeled through Zaz? Was he on his own, doing what he thought C.F.O. Gunnar Wiedenfels wanted, but generating resentment every step of the way among the rank-and-file?