Soledad O’Brien Calls Out Cable News For Normalizing “White Supremacy”
Now that Soledad O’Brien is no longer employed by the good people over at CNN, she can say and do what she pleases. And these days, doing what she wants means calling out CNN for normalizing White supremacy in their coverage of Donald Trump and his candidacy for president. In a recent interview with CNN, O’Brien was not shy about sharing her thoughts.
She said the media is going through contortions trying to make it seem like the coverage between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is fair.
“If you look at Hillary Clinton’s speech where she basically pointed out that what Donald Trump has done—actually quite well—has normalized White supremacy. I think she made a very good argument, almost like a lawyer. Here are ways in which he has actually worked to normalize conversations that many people find hateful.”
O’Brien continued, “I’ve seen on-air, White supremacists being interviewed because they are Trump delegates. And they do a five-minute segment, the first minute or so talking about what they believe as white supremacists. So you have normalized that.
O’Brein said we should be asking ourselves is Donald Trump “softening the ground for people—who are white supremacists, who are White nationalists, who would self-identify that way— to feel comfortable with their views being brought into the national discourse to the point where they can do a five minute interview happily on national television?”
The question wasn’t rhetorical, she said the answer is yes.
She said that cable news networks are profiting from all of this hate-speech. In their coverage of Trump’s candidacy and in their provision of a platform for those who support him, they’re being rewarded for bad behavior because this hate speech appeals to an interested and angry audience.
O’Brien said, sarcastically. “We should do this more often. What shall we do when this election is over? We’re going to have to think about ways to really rile people up, make them angry and divide them. Because that is something that cable news, frankly, and everybody can cover really well. So I find it frustrating. I believe he was over-covered at the beginning. Now, it is ‘he said-she said’ all the time. We have lost context. We actually don’t even cover the details of something. We just cover the back and forth of it. It’s funny to watch if it weren’t our own country and our own government actually operating.
What do you think about Soledad’s comments and critique? Have you noticed this in the recent presidential election coverage?