John Harwood leaves CNN |

CNN has seen show cancellations and talent exits as new leadership makes being less politically confrontational a priority.

NEW YORK – CNN White House Correspondent John Harwood said he is leaving the news network, an abrupt departure coming amid other CNN changes.

“Today is my last day at CNN,” Harwood said in a tweet posted Friday. He said he takes pride in the work and called himself “happy to serve the best in American media,” including stints at the St. Petersburg Times, the Wall Street Journal, NBC and CNN.

“Look forward to finding out what’s next,” he said said on Twitter. The channel did not respond to an email request for comment.

Last month, CNN has canceled its weekly media analysis, Reliable Sources show after three decades on the air, and presenter Brian Stelter left the network. The show appeared to be an early casualty of CNN’s efforts to be less politically confrontational — a priority for Chris Licht, who became the network’s chairman and CEO that spring, and his boss David Zaslav, head of Warner Bros. Discovery’s parent company.

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Harwood joined CNN in 2020 from CNBC, where he was chief White House correspondent.

About two hours before Harwood announced he was leaving CNN, he was on air discussing President Joe Biden’s speech on Thursday Biden called former President Donald Trump an extremist threat to the nation.

Harwood said that Biden’s “key point in this political speech about the threat to democracy is true. Well, that’s something that’s not easy for us journalists to say. We are raised to believe that there are two different political parties with different viewpoints, and we do not take sides in honest differences between them.

“But we don’t talk about that. These are not honest disagreements. The Republican Party is currently being run by a dishonest demagogue,” Harwood said in part.

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Laura Coffey

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