CNN Goes to Desperate New Measures To Trash Trump


CNN has had it out for President Donald Trump since he labeled them “fake news” in January 2017.

Just in the last month, a CNN reporter tried to get a quote about a squabble between the president and first lady over what to watch while aboard Air Force One and White House reporter Jim Acosta was called “an embarrassment” by a former CNN producer after an outburst a the White House.

Now the network is desperately searching for anyone who is willing to trash Trump on air to bring on their shows. Luckily for them, there are many people who are more than willing to talk about their opinions of the president.

NBA legend LeBron James appeared on CNN Monday and told host Don Lemon that he believes President Donald Trump is attempting to “divide” the nation, specifically through sports-related rhetoric.

“What I’ve noticed over the past few months (is) he’s kind of used sports to kind of divide us,” he said. “And that’s something that I can’t relate to.”

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Though much of Trump’s criticism has been aimed at the NFL, James said he felt moved to speak out against what he sees as a schismatic president.

“I can’t sit back and say nothing,” he told Lemon, going on to note the important role sports played in giving him exposure to diversity of thought and culture.

“Sports was the first time I was ever around someone white,” he said. “I got an opportunity to see them and learn about them, and they got the opportunity to learn about me.”

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This is not the first time that James has said that Trump is trying to divide America, The Hill reported. In January, he said, “And for us to stand here, even though we’re trying to be divided right now by somebody, today is a great day for people to realize how America was built and how we all have to stand united in order to be at one.”

“The guy in control has given people and racism, and negative racism, an opportunity to be out, and outspoken without fear. And that’s the fearful thing for us, because it’s with you, and it’s around every day, but he’s allowed people to come out and just feel confident about doing negative things,” he added.

While James has every right to speak about what he believes in, it is interesting that CNN can’t seem to bring on someone who might — at least more than the network itself — support the president in some way.

However, they do seem to bring on some guests who do not agree with every viewpoint the hosts of CNN have. In an interview on CNN last Friday, political scientist and President of the Eurasia Group Ian Bremmer told the hosts that if they wanted to get the big picture on issues like Michael Cohen’s comments on Trump, they needed to get out of “CNN land.”

“You really want the big picture?” Bremmer asked. “This has been a good week for Trump. We get out of CNN Land for just a second, and 4-percent growth in the United States. The Europeans backed down on trade; he now looks like a winner on that front. The North Koreans? More progress with remains coming back.”

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“The stuff about Michael Cohen — I mean, is he credible? He was Trump’s lawyer. If you’re a Trump supporter, this is just blah, blah, blah,” he added.

It does not seem likely that CNN will ever come out of “CNN land,” especially with guests who will continue to bash the president. Though if conditions for Americans continue to improve, it will get harder to find those kinds of people to appear on their shows.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
Tucson, Arizona
Graduated with Honors
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Oregon
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Contributor for Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future
Prescott, Arizona
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