Red Banyan Founder and CEO Evan Nierman recently spoke with Newsweek about the fallout  surrounding the firing of CNN media personality Don Lemon and how media personalities are viewed today. Lemon’s sudden departure from the cable news network was announced on April 24th.

Evan, who co-authored the new book The Cancel Culture Curse: From Rage to Redemption in a World Gone Mad, told Newsweek that the public’s current view of media personalities in general has changed dramatically over the years.

“The days of having utmost trust and respect for news anchors have been over for a very long time,” Evan said in the article.  “The old world, devoid of the internet and dominated by a small coterie of networks, elevated Walter Cronkite and others to a level of reverence that is unattainable for anyone working in TV today.

“While people may want their news anchors to be relatable, there are so many different avenues to access content and the news, that the fate or foibles of any one journalist do not have too much of an impact.”

CNN severed ties with Lemon after 17 years in the wake of several controversies that included allegations of mysogyny and sexism, which Lemon denied.

Read the entire Newsweek article here: