Thursday, September 8, 2016
On the CNN Sunday show Reliable Sources, host Brian Stelter hosted a panel on the media coverage of the Trump campaign.
“All year long, I have been hearing one very specific description of the election coverage,” Stelter stated. “No, it's not bias, but it's close, it's false equivalents.”
One panelist was former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien. On how the media has covered Trump vs. Hillary, she pointed out that one of her biggest issues with coverage of the race is how Trump’s white supremacist supporters have been given air time, which in effect legitimizes and normalizes their presence and opinions in political discourse.
“I’ve seen, on-air, white supremacists being interviewed because they are Trump delegates,” O’Brien told host Brian Stetler. “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.”