LIVE: VIDEO AND POLITICS

Monday, 21 March 2016 11:57
Free vs. vulgar speech? Group wants CNN to terminate Trump analysts Jeffrey Lord and Andy Dean
Written by 
Rate this item
(1 Vote)

trump cnnFree speech versus what might be considered by some, vulgar speech, is again on display today.  And, of course, it relates to Donald Trump.

ColorOfChange, the nation’s largest online civil rights organization, has driven nearly 20,000 emails to CNN president Jeff Zucker and Executive Vice President for Talent Amy Entelis calling on them to immediately terminate paid analysts Jeffrey Lord and Andy Dean for their steadfast support and promotion of Donald Trump’s increasingly violent and racist message.  

In the area of disrupting free speech, Trump rallies have been upended recently by protesters, even to the extent that a highway was blocked on Saturday in Arizona leading to one of his political rallies.

Yet, protesters state that the disruptions are justified because it is in response to a message of intolerence and hate.

Today, ColorOfChange’s campaign comes as it is being criticized as promoting Trump.  

Here is the email message from the ColorofChange, group:

"CNN president Jeff Zucker has come under increasing internal and external pressure for his role in turning CNN into a platform for promoting Donald Trump. In the face of this pressure, Zucker has repeatedly stated that he feels no responsibility for the role his company has played in the rise of Donald Trump. Zucker’s CNN has carried a vast majority of Trump’s speeches live, something that was never done in any other previous election.

While Zucker has said “It’s our role to be skeptical of what every candidate puts out there,” he has had no problem hiring two Trump campaign surrogates, Jeffrey Lord and Andy Dean, and has provided them significant air time. As paid on air analysts for CNN, Jeffrey Lord and Andy Dean have regularly defend Trump's racism and violence. Andy Dean has regularly gone on air to deny that Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, assaulted a female reporter and has even called the white man who sucker-punched a non-violent Black man at a Trump rally “impressive.” Meanwhile, Jeffrey Lord regularly blames liberals for Trump’s racism and violence and even tried to condescendingly explain to CNN political analysts Van Jones that Trump shouldn't have to disavow the KKK. Lord recently made his most absurd defense of Trump by calling progressive action group MoveOn.org “the new KKK.”

In February alone, CNN and other outlets combined to give Trump twice as much free air time as Clinton and Ted Cruz combined.

Statement from Color Of Change Executive Director Rashad Robinson:

“When CNN pays people like Jeffrey Lord and Andy Dean defend and make excuses for Trump’s racist and violent message CNN is anything but unbiased, and ends up validating Trump’s violent message for millions of viewers.

“With the powerful platform CNN provides, the dangerous and stereotypical discourse these paid ‘analysts’ push is shaping the perceptions of viewers that, when acted upon, endanger the lives of Black communities. And the non-stop stories of violent actions carried out in the name of Trump shows that this rhetoric is having an immediate impact. Jeff Zucker needs to do the right thing and stop paying people to come on his network and defend Trump’s violent message.”

So far, the Trump campaign, nor CNN appears ot have responded.  However, earlier today, Trump did tweet the following:

 

 

Login to post comments
  • A July 4th Fact of Facts: America is Land of Immigrants
  • Poll: Trump strong on jobs, weak on tweets, viewed as reckless, thin-skinned, sexist
  • President Trump, It doesn't feel like Independence Day
  • YIPPIE! The naked truth about free speech, cherished especially on Independence Day

mass2On July 4, 1778, George Washington doubled liquor rations for the soldiers quartered in Princeton, NJ, as a way to celebrate Independence Day. It’s fitting, therefore, that the Fourth of July is America's top-selling beer holiday, according to the Beer Institute. It estimated, in 2013, that sales of beer on the 4th could total $1 billion, doubtlessly higher today. “In moderation,” claims a CA brewery investor, Grover McKean, “beer is tasty and healthy.” Who could disagree?

Read More

joe mikaAs Donald Trump faces the top world leaders this week, including a face-time with Vladimir Putin, and as his healthcare proposals face an uphill climb, his poll numbers for how the nation views him could be better.

According to a morning Consult/Politico poll released Wednesday morning, his tweets, including that against MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski, and his personality are not helping him, at all.

Read More

indy dayII know the calendar says we are approaching the 4th of July, but, it just doesn’t feel like Independence Day.

Perhaps it should.  It’s hot as heck.  The airlines have been packed. The hot dogs are ready for grilling.  The umps are saying, "play ball". The patriotic activities are scheduled. The fireworks are ready-for-blasting. 

Yet, it just doesn’t feel like independence day.

Read More

bill rights2To President Thomas Jefferson, July 4th celebrated more than the signing of the Declaration of Independence. He thought it was a link to the future. The message prominent colonists sent to King George III led to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the initial and most prominent feature of which is the First Amendment that guarantees free speech. It’s part of the country’s fundamental essence that each man and woman can say what they feel about government, or anything else, proving President Donald Trump needs some civics lessons.

Read More

BB Menu

latter-blum2

Dead Pelican

Optimized-DeadPelican2 1 1