Former CNN host Larry King unloaded on the network this week, saying that they “stopped doing news a long time ago” because they are primarily focused on covering President Donald Trump.
During an interview with RT, King didn’t mince his words with how he feels about his former network and their coverage of the president.
King was asked by host Rick Sanchez about whether he remembers the media’s “antagonism during the 1960s.”
“There was a lot of antagonism during Watergate. There was certainly antagonism during the Clinton years. But there is something, maybe it’s an undercurrent, that is different now. Can you put your finger on it? What is it?” Sanchez asked King.
King didn’t hold back with his response:
Two things, Rick — the internet and cable news. Could you imagine cable news in Watergate? And they don’t do news anymore. In fact, RT is one of the few channels doing news. RT does news. CNN stopped doing news a long time ago. They do Trump. So when CNN started covering Trump — they were the first — they covered every speech he made and then they made Trump the story.
So, Trump is the story in America. I would bet that ninety-eight percent of all Americans mention his name at least once a day. And when it’s come to that, when you focus on one man, I know Donald 40 years — I know the good side of Donald and I know the bad side of Donald — I think he would like to be a dictator. I think he would love to be able to just run things. So, he causes a lot of this. Then his fight with the media and fake news. I’ve been in the media a long time, like you — longer than you, Rick. And at all my years at CNN, in my years at Mutual Radio, I have never seen a conversation where a producer said to a host “pitch the story this way. Angle it that way. Don’t tell the truth.” Never saw it. Never saw it.
Sanchez responded by noting that King had made an interesting point about CNN giving Trump unlimited airtime during the 2016 presidential election.
“I think they only played along or at least gave him that much airtime in many ways because they didn’t think he was going to win, correct?” Sanchez asked.
“I guess it’s to their regret. But, they covered him as a character. They carried every speech he made. They carried him more than Fox News, at the beginning. And so they built the whole thing up and the Republicans had a lot of candidates and they all had weaknesses,” King replied.
To King’s point, CNN and many of its journalists have made headlines recently for notable exchanges with Trump and making controversial comments.
CNN’s Jim Acosta was suspended by the White House on Wednesday after he allegedly placed his hand on an intern, refused to hand over the microphone, and screamed questions at Trump.
Last week, CNN analyst Kirstin Powers said “white men are very violent and a big problem.”
CNN host Don Lemon said “white males are the biggest terror threat” to our country.
Network commentator Ana Navarro called Trump a “racist pig” during a debate on civility and heated rhetoric.
CNN host Chris Cuomo claimed Trump uses language similar to dictators Stalin and Adolf Hitler.
Before that, GQ reporter Julia Ioffe went on CNN and claimed that Trump has “radicalized more people than ISIS.”
These are examples that have taken place in the past month, and speak to King’s argument that CNN has largely deviated from news and continues to spend a great deal of time attacking Trump.