— It’s no secret that the U.S. news media has struggled with the problem of fake news, and some of the most visible examples of it have been in the news cycle over the past few years.
The problem of misleading and sensationalized news stories has been growing for some time, with the Washington Post and the New York Times each losing a prominent reporter in recent years, and the BBC in recent months having to step in and remove one of its most prominent voices, as well as others who have come out against the practice.
That was the case with CNN, which this week hired a new executive director to help address the problem.
CNN announced that it will hire former White House correspondent Matt Lauer as executive vice president of content and content development.
Lauer was fired after a series of questionable behavior and inappropriate behavior in a New York City hotel room, including a request to his then-girlfriend for a kiss and subsequent accusations of unwanted sexual advances.CNN’s newsroom has also been dealing with a series with the apparent intent of undermining President Donald Trump.
In early December, CNN anchor Jake Tapper tweeted a picture of a Trump shirt that had been altered in a bid to make it appear that the president was wearing a shirt from the “Make America Great Again” campaign.
The picture was later deleted, but was resurfaced on social media and quickly made the front page of CNN.
The network also fired the head of its news division in January after a story that said the network’s parent company, Time Warner, was paying $13 million to settle a lawsuit against it for false advertising.
A week after that, CNN reported that CNN’s parent, Time Inc., was paying more than $2 million to buy the company that owns CNN, BuzzFeed.com.
CNN also fired a senior news editor in January for what it said was “a series of insensitive tweets” about the Confederate flag.
CNN has also faced criticism from several quarters for failing to do enough to tackle the problem on its own.
In January, it was reported that the company had lost $3 billion in revenue and was facing a $10 billion write-down.
Last year, a CNN executive told a Senate panel that the network is “trying to avoid the problem” by creating fake news content.
There have been many other examples of the problem at the network as well.
Earlier this year, the network suspended reporter Michael Barbaro after he wrote a column about a former assistant attorney general, who was accused of sexual misconduct.
On March 25, CNN released a story about a man who allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl and her friend and posted it on Facebook.
CNN then ran a story claiming the victim was 14 and her attacker was 17.
CNN later retracted the story and apologized to the girl and friend.
And earlier this month, CNN suspended reporter Kevin Dietsch after he posted an article on his personal Facebook page that alleged that the Justice Department was using a secret email server to conduct investigations on members of the Trump campaign.
The problem is not going away, and it’s something that CNN is addressing.
In an internal memo, senior CNN executives wrote, “We are addressing the issue and are going to continue to work to make sure that our platforms are designed with the best practices in mind, and our news team is empowered to take appropriate action when we see egregious or malicious behavior.”
The move comes after the Washington Examiner published a list of a half-dozen other media organizations that have received similar letters and requests to remove their stories and content.
Those included the Associated Press, USA Today, The Associated Press Digital and USA Today Digital.