|Donald Trump with Jeff Zucker.|
CNN President Jeff Zucker on Friday said it was a “mistake” to air so many Trump rallies “and let them run” in 2015, giving the candidate an unfettered platform to call Mexicans rapists, support bans on Muslims from entering the US, and overall grow his base, which includes white nationalists.
“If we made any mistake last year, it’s that we probably did put on too many of his campaign rallies in those early months and let them run,” Zucker said at a talk at the Harvard Kennedy School. “Listen, because you never knew what he would say, there was an attraction to put those on air.”
To be fair to CNN other cable news outlets are also to blame for giving Trump all of that free media coverage, including MSNBC and Fox News.
And let's not forget all of the coverage he continues to receive in newspapers, on internet sites, and on TV entertainment shows.
Of course it could be argued that, much like Dr. Frankenstein, after helping to create the beast, most media outlets seem determined now to stop it, and there are some like the New York Times and Washington Post who have done an admirable job of doing just that.
Of course if I remember my Mary Shelley correctly the creature managed to survive and to even outlive its creator.