Clashes between some of CNN's highest-level managers are a main source of tension and confusion within the network, the New York Post reported on Monday.
According to the Post's sources, CNN Worldwide managing editor Mark Whitaker and CNN President-US Ken Jautz have significantly different approaches to running the network, further straining a network suffering from record-low ratings.
CNN hit a 21-year ratings low in the second quarter of 2012, falling 35 percent among total viewers and 41 percent in the coveted 25-54 age demographic compared to the same time last year. This comes just months after CNN experienced its lowest-rated month in more than a decade in April, and the lowest-rated primetime month in more than twenty years in May.
Last month, news broke that Time Warner executives were considering replacing CNN Worldwide president Jim Walton, the executive who oversees both Whitaker and Jautz.
In addition to the grim ratings news and reports of management issues, CNN grew infamous last week when the network misreported that the Supreme Court struck down the individual mandate clause within Presiden't Obama's Affordable Care Act. While CNN was not alone in making this mistake (Fox News also misreported the ruling at first), the goof was a costly one for a network that touts its ability to report breaking news. CNN launched an internal investigation into Thursday's reporting snafu.