Count Common as someone against the Donald Trump media machine. While speaking from the Toronto International Film Festival, the Academy Award-winning rapper-actor lambasted the overwhelming fixation on Trump’s presidential campaign.
“I feel like the integrity of the media is gone in many areas,” Common told HuffPost Live host Josh Zepps, “because when you choose to be like, ‘We’re going to show Donald Trump because we know it’s about numbers,’ it’s like, where is the integrity of the journalists who know and will challenge these thoughts so that the American people can see truth and really have a good opportunity … to get behind someone who’s going to matter, who’s going to really be about affecting change and improving this country?”
“If it so happens to be a Donald Trump … which I don’t believe it’s that person, then let the people decide that,” he continued. “But don’t just dwell on the spotlight and keep exploiting the popularity of him just for numbers, because eventually that’s going to just mess up the situation in the country if we do. It’s feeding into the big monster. So I think the media definitely has a responsibility.”
After Trump announced his intention to run for president, the Huffington Post decided to cover the mogul’s campaign under their entertainment vertical. “Our reason is simple: Trump’s campaign is a sideshow,” the editorial read. “We won’t take the bait.”
CNN also defended its coverage of Trump earlier Monday to HuffPost. “When the front-runner for the Republican or Democratic presidential nominations is available for an interview, of course I will recommend that a program do an interview,” CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist told the outlet. “There’s nothing unusual about that whatsoever.”
See Common’s interview below, and see his entire segment about his new film, Charlie, at HuffPost.
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