A memo from CNN's new president was released with promises that the network will win back the "many people who have lost trust in the news media."
Chris Licht sent the since-publicized memo Monday, his first day replacing former president Jeff Zucker.
"CNN must be a vital, relevant, and respected part of our culture," Licht wrote. "Sadly, too many people have lost trust in the news media."
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"CNN must be a vital, relevant, and respected part of our culture. Sadly, too many people have lost trust in the news media." pic.twitter.com/9WoNcbVhwO
"I think we can be a beacon in regaining that trust by being an organization that exemplifies the best characteristics of journalism: fearlessly speaking truth to power, challenging the status quo, questioning 'group-think' and educating viewers and readers with straightforward facts and insightful commentary, while always being respectful of differing viewpoints," Licht wrote.
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"First and foremost, we should, and we will be advocates for the truth," Licht continued.
Licht replaced Zucker following an ethics investigation into the network that resulted in the former president resigning because of a consensual relationship he had with a coworker at the time. Since then, WarnerMedia's CEO, Jason Kilar, also resigned amid its merger with Discovery.
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"It's an honor to lead this extraordinary team," Licht wrote. "CNN is the greatest and most respected news organization in the world because of you."