Media observers have blasted CNN over the network’s broadcast of a Donald Trump town hall event, saying his false claims cannot be repudiated in a live setting.
CNN wins eyes, and nays for giving Trump a platform
CNN executives are facing a tsunami of criticism for giving Donald Trump a platform to spread lies in a ‘town hall’ event with the former US president which drew 3.1 million viewers.
The audience counted by Nielsen in preliminary numbers was the largest for CNN since the network’s coverage of the hearings over the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol.
CNN anchor Kaitlan Collins grilled Trump for 70 minutes in front of an audience of New Hampshire Republican voters. It was a rare appearance by Trump, who is seeking the Republican nomination for the 2024 presidential race, on a media outlet that is not friendly to him.
The crowd gave the event the atmosphere of a Trump rally as members cheered his answers, even when he disparaged E. Jean Carroll, the woman who was recently awarded $5 million after a jury found Trump liable for sexually abusing her in 1994.