Sunday, October 16, 2016

CNN president regrets giving Donald Trump so much air time. Well it's a little late now!

Donald Trump with Jeff Zucker.
Courtesy of Buzzfeed: 

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.


  1. Anonymous6:20 AM

    " never knew what he would say, there was an attraction to put those on air.”

    Gosh, golly, let a guy make a buck, won't ya.

  2. Anonymous6:26 AM

    I disagree. Every bit of coverage allowed Trump the chance to show his true colors as well as those of the GOP.

    1. 66gardeners9:41 AM

      I agree. It is hard to argue that exposing Trump's psychotic antics was a bad thing.

    2. Anonymous11:04 AM

      Donald's weirdo kids planned this a few years ago. They didn't want him to run thru all the money(being the FABulous business man he is) before they could inherit, so they've been gaslighting him to run for POTUS in hopes of precipitating a public melt down. Everybody knows Donnie's dad spent the last 6 years of his life in an Alzheimer's haze, and the melt down we're all witnessing will facilitate a committal and a handing over of the keys to the family biz. Bet Ivanka gets the lion's share.

  3. Anonymous6:35 AM

  4. I have no problem with CNN, MSNBC, or Fox airing Trump, but what boiled my blood: 1) there was no editorial commentary to reveal his demagoguery and to critique his racist, xenophobic, misogynistic, Islamaphobic views 2) there was no fact-checking done to expose his lies and mischaracterizations 3) Hillary Clinton and other candidates were not given the same amount of coverage 4) Donald Trump's paid staffers were/are hired by CNN, an obvious conflict of interest 5) in a effort to increase ratings, consequently making more money, these "news networks" pandered to Trump, e.g., allowing him to call in and spew his rubbish, thereby replacing news with entertainment 6) such pandering normalized hate and legitimized vitriolic sexism and bigotry 7) these money-grubbing organizations ignored their Constitutional obligations and demeaned our democracy 8) the media abdicated their duty to help create a well-informed citizenry.

    Jeff Zucker has facilitated much damage to our less than perfect Union. He did everything he could to cripple it and further divide it all for filthy lucre. Hope he finds wherever he left his conscience and his backbone.

    1. Anonymous7:10 AM

      I think, he has irreparably damaged CNN by hiring tRump deplorables like Levandosky (sp?).
      People are fed up with CNN and are leaving in droves.

    2. Anonymous7:38 AM

      CNN is STILL constantly covering Donald Trump - not a damned thing has changed!

      I don't watch FOX, but they are supposedly doing the same thing.

      MSNBC does a lot of it too - STILL.

      So, if Trump elected (which I sincerely doubt!), he says he is going to take down the media/press. He will be a dictator and America will be a third world country. Simple as that!

      Trump is evil and disgusting!

    3. Anonymous8:34 AM

      7:38 AM - the bloviating pig was already at it over SNL/Baldwin's depiction of him last night. After every sentence, "the media is rigged." Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

    4. Margueritte Hill -- excellent summary. I would only add that when the MSM realized they could make as much $$ tearing him down, as building him up, did they made an about face and even apologize. But until they stop paying Trump surrogates to come on and "jazz" things up will I watch them again.

      It's all entertainment to them. Shame.

      That said, Washington Post & New York Times are trying to fix things. But who reads newspapers? Thank gawd they are on line.

  5. Anonymous6:58 AM

    SNL twitter Storm:

  6. Anonymous7:01 AM

    Zucker has been a stupid shit for a LONG TIME.

  7. Anonymous7:03 AM

    Some one needs to check the background of this waste of biomass for similar behavior to Trump.

  8. Anonymous7:05 AM

    My question?
    What The Fuck does TED TURNER THINK about what he created? Jane Fonda You go girl!

    1. Anonymous7:57 AM

      turner sold CNN decades ago, long before it took a right turn into the trash can of media.

    2. Anonymous9:45 AM

      He bought up most of Montana to hide out in, anyways.

  9. Interesting that the media grew Trump but if Trump becomes president he will destroy them.

  10. Anonymous7:09 AM

    Well, that is regrets a bit very, VERY late. After all, he hired tRump's shill, Levandowsky, even though his other employees almost went on strike when he did that. And THAT he is not regretting, right?! So, IOW, he regrets something just because he might have been called out.

    1. Anonymous9:30 AM

      Agree 7:09! I seldom watch CNN anymore as it's gone too far to the right and doesn't give all sides an equal amount of time. Faux light.

  11. Anonymous7:18 AM

    He was, for reasons unspecified, irritated by a book that argued there was a correlation between a gradual deepening of the female voice that allegedly took place in the 20th century and the increasing equality of women in the workforce; and that this trend is most conspicuous in occupations that demand a public presence, like holding political office. Beck juxtaposed a clip of First Lady Hillary Clinton speaking normally in 1993 against a contemporary recording of Clinton with the pitch dramatically shifted to a low drone resembling a cartoon Satan." BECK“It has crossed my mind,” the conservative celebrity confessed on the nightly news program, “to vote for Hillary.”
    in exciting the muddled populist reflexes, untamed cultural umbrages, and vague “anti-elitism” vengeances that constitute an unignorable share of today’s Republican voting base." NEXT THIS>
    Glenn Beck rebutted by organizing his “Restoring Honor rally” to reassert Sarah Palin as the answer to conservative disillusion. Palin announced her endorsement of Donald Trump on January 19, 2016.

  12. Marguerite Hill! Your post lays out the TV media's pandering to a tee.
    Zucker's Monday morning quarterbacking is to save whatever will be left of his face when this embarrassing race is slam dunked by Hillary et al.
    And those media purveyors will have to say her name as Madame President a lot.

  13. Anonymous7:50 AM

    NBC pulls Law & Order:
    SVU episode that features a Donald Trump-inspired mogul running for president who is accused of sexual abuse

    1. Anonymous8:53 AM

      Just 1 YEAR AGO

      Recently :

      SO WTF IS GOping ON?

  14. booshed7:50 AM

    Give this guy some credit.

    "If we made any mistake..."

    He could have told the truth and caused a shitstorm.

    "Mission Accomplished- and then it all turned to shit!"

  15. Anonymous8:04 AM

    Morning Joe and Meeka spent many shows licking Trump's ass. They pumped him up and gave him way too much coverage and air time.

    The media did help to create this monster.

    1. Anonymous8:25 AM

      Hillary has media by the balls.

    2. Anonymous9:50 AM

      Mika and Joe are licking Pence's balls now, they think he's great because he can complete a sentence and no groping allegations wid' him.
      What I want to know is, where did Pence's eyebrows run off to? How about some questions regarding HIS health, like the persecute-y ones the GOP fling at Hillary.
      A man with all his head-hair who has sparse eyebrows might just have a serious endocrine disorder. Needs to be looked into if he wants to be a heartbeat away from the Oval O.

  16. Anonymous8:14 AM

    Why does no one care it's been proven democrats have been controlling media? that is dictatorship quality. Considering we've been at war with Yemen for a year and still heavily funding saudis, which is probably entangling is in war crimes, people are stupid and gullible sheep to be obsessed with bill Clinton pt 2.

    1. Anonymous9:10 AM

      You have got to be kidding to call Hillary supporters sheep. For ANY human to support Trump at this stage (or in my opinion at any earlier stage), you have to have turned off any logic neural pathways in your brain. He, himself, proudly announces that his followers are sheep who will follow him no matter what he does. Baaaahhhhhhh.

    2. 66gardeners10:04 AM

      In other words, you do not having two neurons making a complete synapse

  17. Anonymous8:25 AM

    Trump Descends Into Madness With Claim That SNL Is Rigging The Election For Clinton

    Trump’s Rigged Election Talk Is Backfiring As Hillary Clinton Now Holds Enthusiasm Edge

    1. Anonymous8:52 AM

      Oh yes! Like Tina Fey was responsible for the downfall of Palin. Puh-leeze. If they are so thin-skinned that they can't handle being parodied, it shows their true character and perhaps they should pay more attention to what they bleat or, better yet, stay out of public affairs all together.

    2. Sarah9:39 AM

      Its' true!

      Satruday Nite Live made me look like an Idiot!

      I wonder if Tina Fey was in bed with Bill? It could have happened!

    3. Anonymous10:35 AM

      I knew VEEP was patterned after me, and she keeps winning Emmys! -- Lou Sarah

  18. Anonymous8:35 AM

    "Of course if I remember my Mary Shelley correctly the creature managed to survive and to even outlive its creator."

    Yes it did, and it is currently running for President of the US.

  19. Anonymous9:05 AM

    The US news media has been deteriorating for most of my life. When print newspapers became dinosaurs, it became a war of who gets the most clicks online. It's now reality TV disguised as news.

    Some are better than others, but I see them all in the dumpster.

    1. 66gardeners10:07 AM

      Historical facts will always be relevant and worth dispersing,therefore, news organizations will evolve and thrive. Sucks to be a republican. Facts are not your friend.

  20. Anonymous9:07 AM

    Coming to a theater err peep show near you: Limp Dick Donny, Legend Of The Thin Skin

  21. Anonymous9:30 AM

    Imagine dining at a Trump owned restaurant and you order the most expensive things on the menu. When it came time to pay the bill you reduced the total by 90% because it wasn't a very good meal.

  22. 66gardeners9:40 AM

    My home page reveals Trump is trending 2nd today on the interwebs.

  23. Anonymous10:09 AM

    Hitler would have loved to have lived in this era. World domination would be his. Thanks to the media coverage. Donald Trump, a true narcissist, only did what he knew how to do. Mouth off and show off. CNN, FOX, MSNBC did what they do too. Try to get more ratings. We the viewers are in on this too. Even now that Trump and Palin fascinate us. It's like watching something forbidden on one of those smut sites. We can't turn our eyes away. And all the players know that. That's why Donald says anything. It's been tried and tested that as viewers we can't tell what's real anymore. Did you hear of that video where this guy tells the screen that he bought home a girlfriend but she is shy? Then he proceeds to show a tied and gagged woman on his bathroom floor. Now "they" are investigating it after six or seven years as a possible lead to a real missing girl. It's on. And it ain't gonna be pretty, all this media hype and distortion. You know who loves this stuff. Putin and his old KGB. The love putting false stuff out to the gullible.

  24. Anonymous10:19 AM

    Taxe$ +

  25. Anonymous10:35 AM

    Sarah Palin's Attack on Obama's Manhood is the Most Bizarre Thing You'll Read

    sos will never end

  26. Anonymous1:17 PM

    CNN is AWFUL.

  27. Anonymous4:36 PM

    Mark Zuckerberg can blow it out his blowhole, and where was he all these months when all the cable stations were scrambling to report on Trump's every word? Where was the RNC?

  28. Anonymous6:38 PM

    Why do I get the feeling that print journalists (Newspapers) have more integrity and professional ethics than those working in broadcast media?


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