CNN nixes Mike Pence-Wolf Blitzer Israel interview, citing impeachment
In a time when violent anti-Semitism is on the rise, CNN has refused an interview with Vice President Mike Pence in Jerusalem to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz — because the network is “all impeachment, all of the time,” according to sources.
The White House offered Wolf Blitzer an exclusive interview with Pence at the World Holocaust Forum next Thursday, and the “Situation Room” host enthusiastically agreed. But CNN boss Jeff Zucker then banned Blitzer from leaving the country because of the President Trump impeachment trial in the Senate.
Blitzer’s paternal grandparents were killed in the Holocaust and his parents were survivors. He said in an emotional 2018 interview, “My grandparents were murdered at Auschwitz. My dad survived, but two of his brothers and two of his sisters were killed. They weren’t separated to go to another facility. They were separated to die.”
A CNN source said: “Wolf really wanted to do the Pence interview personally. He cares deeply because of his family background, which is why Wolf was offered it by the White House. But Zucker stepped in and said Wolf isn’t going anywhere because the network will be ‘all impeachment, all of the time’ next week. CNN’s anti-Trump bias is so intense, they can’t even broadcast a sympathetic interview for Holocaust remembrance.” Dozens of world leaders are expected at the forum, including Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron.
A separate CNN source confirmed: “Wolf was offered the interview. We declined because the Senate impeachment trial is next week and Wolf will be leading our coverage. So he can’t be out of the country. And frankly, we wouldn’t be in a position to send any of our anchors on an overseas trip taking them off the air for days next week when the Senate trial will be underway.”
A White House spokesperson also told us, “We did offer Wolf Blitzer an interview. CNN did decline, but we are not aware why … We haven’t made a final decision about our media plans for Israel.”
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