CNN boss Jeff Zucker sent out a brief memo today to staff about coverage of recent news – the Boston Marathon bombings and the Texas fertilizer warehouse – but also slipped in some of his usual self-promotion for putting Anthony Bourdain on the air. (His series Parts Unknown debuted on April 14 to strong ratings.) Zucker owned up to the bad CNN reporting of an arrest when there was none during the bombing story’s early days. “When we made a mistake, we moved quickly to acknowledge it and correct it.” Read Zucker’s words:
April 19, 2013
What a week.
As events unfolded in Boston, and then in Texas, and as they continue to unfold at this very moment in both places, CNN has been there for our audience in every possible way – on television, online and on our mobile platforms. As Wolf would say, that was true for our audiences here in the United States and around the world. For journalists like each of us, these are the times that define what we do and why we do it. All of you, across every division of CNN Worldwide, have done exceptional work. And when we made a mistake, we moved quickly to acknowledge it and correct it. It was important to see CNN, CNN.com, HLN and CNNI all shine this week, often with different stories and different approaches that make each of their roles clear. It is a week that began with a whole new genre of programming for CNN, with the successful premiere of Parts Unknown. Now, as the week comes to a close, I wanted to express my deep gratitude and admiration. You have worked tirelessly, around the clock, to share these stories. And our audiences have responded, making it clear that they rely on us in ever increasing ways. In front of the cameras and behind the scenes, you have shown the world what makes us CNN. With my thanks and appreciation.