The president of CNN, the cable network branded by President Donald Trump as “fake news,” says he’s “very interested in politics” and may run for office at some point.
Jeff Zucker, 53, was interviewed Monday by former Obama adviser David Axelrod on “The Axe Files” podcast, and was asked about his future.
“With regard to be where I’ll be in five years,” Zucker said, “I don’t know for sure where I’ll be but here’s the two things I do know: if the Miami Dolphins call, that’s where I’ll be.
“And number two, I still harbor somewhere in my gut that I’m still very interested in politics.”
“You turned down an opportunity to work for Al Gore in 2000,” Axelrod noted. “You’ve talked in the past about potentially running for office.”
“So, I’m still interested in that and it’s something I would consider,” Zucker said.
“Well, give me a call if you’re thinking about it,” said Axelrod, who was chief campaign strategist for President Obama.
Zucker concluded: “You can get me in touch with the right people.”
CNN is the network that employs Jim Acosta, who was recently banned, then unbanned from White House news conferences after a heated confrontation with President Trump over the migrant caravan headed to the U.S. from Central America.
Trump routinely casts CNN as the “enemy of the people” for the way it covers news.
“The hatred and extreme bias of me by @CNN has clouded their thinking and made them unable to function,” Trump tweeted in August. “But actually, as I have always said, this has been going on for a long time. Little Jeff Z has done a terrible job, his ratings suck, & AT&T should fire him to save credibility!”
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