The Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone writes up Jeff Zucker’s latest comments at a Town Hall on all the nervous Trump hand wringing by the media…
Speaking at Wednesday’s town hall, Zucker said there has been “too much handwringing” over the media’s coverage of Trump, according to sources.
CNN has also come under scrutiny for hiring two political commentators, Jeffrey Lord and Kayleigh McEnany, whose on-air roles seem to be primarily as Trump boosters and defenders.
In September, The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple reported that Trump’s campaign had passed along Lord’s name to CNN in an effort to counter what it considered to be an excess of “Jeb Bush-friendly analysis” on the network. Lord spent time defending Trump as a unpaid guest before he was hired as a paid contributor.
On Wednesday, Zucker said he’s “really comfortable” with Lord’s role at the network. The network chief touted CNN’s “tremendously diverse roster of analysts,” including Lord, as being a big part of the network’s success this election cycle.
Well from where I sit the media should always be introspective when it starts doing very heavy coverage of any event. But I do find Zucker’s comments to be rather self-serving. What else is he going to say? That CNN is out of whack covering Trump?