Networks Accused of ‘Capitulating’ to Deceitful President as #BoycottTrumpsAddress Surges
In what media critics, journalists, and progressive lawmakers described as capitulation to a president who lies constantly to advance his xenophobic aims, all of America’s major television networks have opted to grant Donald Trump a primetime slot Tuesday night to deliver an immigration address that analysts predicted will almost certainly be filled with hysteria and devoid of facts.
“Why on earth are the networks carrying Trump’s speech? He is trying to make policy by shutting down the government. That is unacceptable.”
—Rep. Pramila Jayapal
“You are willingly helping Trump spread disinformation,” the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent wrote in response to news late Monday that ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox will all run Trump’s speech at 9:00 pm ET.
In 2014, as many observers were quick to point out, these same networks refused to carry an immigration speech by former President Barack Obama on the grounds that it was “overtly political.”