Soledad O’Brien Calls Out Cable News for Normalizing White Supremacy

Soledad O’Brien posed a very valid point about the media helping normalize white supremacy during a recent visit to CNN.

The former CNN host appeared on the network’s Reliable Sources recently and brought attention to the fact that hate speech is being normalized by giving Trump surrogates, who oftentimes also double as white supremacists, airtime.

“If you look at Hillary Clinton’s speech [on why Trump’s policies are racist] she basically pointed out that what Donald Trump has done — actually quite well — has normalized White supremacy,” O’Brien stated. “I think she made a very good argument, almost like a lawyer. Here are ways in which he has actually worked to normalize conversations that many people find hateful.”

“I’ve seen White supremacists being interviewed because they are Trump delegates. And they do a five-minute segment, the first minute or so talking about what they believe as White supremacists. So you have normalized that,” she explained.

O’Brien also pointed out that the real campaign points that should be discussed end up getting lost in translation of all the name-calling and “he-said, she-said.”

“And then Donald Trump will say, ‘Hillary Clinton, she’s a bigot.’ And it’s covered, the journalist part comes in, ‘They trade barbs. He said she’s a bigot and she points out that he might be appealing to racists.’ It only becomes ‘he said, she said.’ When in actuality, the fact that Donald Trump said she’s a bigot without the long laundry list of evidence, which if you looked at Hillary Clinton’s speech, she actually did have a lot of really good factual evidence that we would all agree that are things that have happened and do exist. They are treated as if they are equal”

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