Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election means that we’ll still have to put up with the likes of Jeffrey Lord, Katrina Pierson, and other eleventh-rate pro-Trump pundits appearing on our televisions.
But does it have to be this way? After Jeffrey Lord compared anti-Trump demonstrators to Nazis earlier this week, former CNN host Soledad O’Brien took to Twitter to suggest that the cable news network really needs to examine the quality of guests it invites onto its shows.
— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) November 23, 2016
As Mediaite notes, O’Brien was responding to a tweet from CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, who said that now was the time for the press to double down on its efforts to report the truth since media freedoms are coming under siege across the world.
Now more than ever we need to commit to real reporting across a real nation, a real world in which journalism/democracy are in mortal peril.
— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) November 23, 2016
In this context, it’s pretty clear that O’Brien is telling CNN that it desperately needs to clean up its own house before it can talk about saving journalism.
This isn’t the first time O’Brien has taken shots at the media for its coverage of the Donald Trump movement. This past September, for instance, she slammed the media for “normalizing” white supremacy by treating it as just another political movement.
“I’ve seen on-air, white supremacists being interviewed because they are Trump delegates,” she said at the time. “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.”