CNN has become the ESPN of politics.
Under its current President Jeff Zucker the network has become known for on-air screaming matches and for hiring a small army of Trump supporters — who spread lies and misinformation while on CNN’s payroll.
Zucker has a background in entertainment television. He sees his pro-Trump pundits as characters in a drama — but this drama has consequences in the real world, and Trump directly benefits from this type of coverage.
The circus of misinformation on CNN has played a significant role in mainstreaming Trump’s misinformation about immigrants, communities of color and Muslims.
Normalizing the Trump agenda is causing harm to the most vulnerable people in our society — like 23 year old Juan Manuel Montes, who was deported by the Trump administration even though he is protected by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
Today’s action is to watch this Vox video about how CNN’s conflict-driven approach to politics helps spread misinformation — and share it with a friend.
Thanks for all that you do, Lucia, Collette, Candace and the rest of the Free Press team
1. “First protected DREAMer is deported under Trump,” USA Today, April 18, 2017, https://act.freepress.net/go/16790?t=6&akid=6315.10653508.bXwXqp
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