Larry King: “CNN Stopped Doing News A Long Time Ago”

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Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

Ex-longtime CNN talk show host Larry King dropped a bomb on his former network of 25 years, telling Russian state-owned RT America that “CNN stopped doing news a long time ago.”

King’s comments came just one day before CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta engaged in a verbal altercation with President Trump over a northbound Central American migrant caravan – batting a young White House aide’s arm away as he refused to relinquish the microphone.

“You know, CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person,” said President Trump. “You shouldn’t be working for CNN,” adding “The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is horrible.

Acosta’s White House credentials were pulled later that evening. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said:

“President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration. We will, however, never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern…

Larry King: "CNN Stopped Doing News A Long Time Ago"

This conduct is absolutely unacceptable. It is also completely disrespectful to the reporter’s colleagues not to allow them an opportunity to ask a question. President Trump has given the press more access than any President in history. “

Maybe he shouldn’t have “Acosta’d” that woman?

Twitter researcher Kyle (@HNIJohnMiller) provides some background on Abilio James “Jim” Acosta:

Partial transcript of King’s comments (via Josh Caplan @ Breitbart) 

HOST RICK SANCHEZ: You know it’s interesting. As I listen to you I’m thinking that both you and I are old enough to remember that there was a lot of 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?

KING: 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. Fox is Trump TV and MSNBC is anti-Trump all the time. You don’t see a story — there was vicious winds and storms in the Northeast the other day – not covered on any of the three cable networks, not covered. Not covered! 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: You know it’s funny, just quick because you know these producers are telling me you guys have to start wrapping this up … you said something interesting about how CNN played along with Trump. 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?

KING: 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. When I saw Senator Cruz hug Donald Trump the other day I said, “this is what America has become.” He said that Cruz’s father helped kill Kennedy!

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  • Brother Ma

    Trump and his Hustlers calling Acosta rude?? Isn’t that the pot calling the kettle black.I hate Trump and Killary ,i just like telling the truth.
    I still remember the OrangeMan making fun of the disabled man! Shame!

    • GRAHL

      Well, if you’re a fan of the truth as you say, then the Kettle is, indeed, black. True statement. If your focus is on the hypocrisy that the statement came from the pot, then you’re going to ignore the true statement and bash the pot instead.

      That’s the state of the US right now. The pot media railing their version, the kettle media railing their version, both technically telling the “truth”, yet whipping up the frenzy because 95% of the public is too stupid to think analytically.

      • Brother Ma

        You didn’t see where I said I hate both camps and thus the system as well?

        • GRAHL

          Got it bud. I see that now. I’m not defending one side or the other either. I just know that the media use truth and hypocrisy intermixed to do their journalistic spin. We gotta be able to see right through it.

          • You can call me Al

            I dont not think they do speak the true, they only use parts of it, then add and manipulate the rest.

            It is the same as everything now:

            ……………..
            Real Truth – “A man meets a lady in a hotel lobby and states he will walk her in a taxi. As as they leave the room, he guides her through the front door, by gently laying his arm / hand, on her lower back and sees her into her taxi”.

            MSM Truth – “Man seen touching women as she tries to leave the hotel !, man seen following women to a taxi, where our on the spot witness, then sees taxi speed off”.

            ……………….

            It is a poor example, but I hope you get the drift, it is all a manipulation of words and context, that can be seen in most of the MSM today and when politicians open their mouth – which covers all aspects of government.

            In the UK, Theresa May (PM) stated that there are NO ground troops in Syria (something like that) -> why ?, because special forces are not ground troops.

          • GRAHL

            Couldn’t have said it any better. Parts of the truth, then manipulation of words and context. It’s not just MSM. Alternative news sources feed their tribes and their trolls with the same thing. And people hear what they want to hear. It’s a dangerous time. You have to actually be part of something or experience it first hand to truly assess with a critical mind.

          • Barba_Papa

            Aye. Everyone is peddling an agenda and the most dangerous thing is to take your news from only one source that seems to cater to what you want to hear. SF clearly has a pro-Russian agenda that is blindingly obvious. And that’s okay, but with all the anti-Russian agenda’s being rammed down our throats with the subtlety of unlubed anal penetration its good that the Russian POV gets an outlet as well.

          • GRAHL

            Absolutely agree 1000%. You see it the exact same way I do.

          • Barba_Papa

            That’s because special forces officially don’t exist when deployed. They live in a culture of secrecy. Deploy an armored brigade and people will notice. Send in the SAS and chances are not even their loved ones will know.

  • Snowglobe

    It is a sad state of journalism when the journalist becomes the news instead of reporting it.

    All of the MSM is the same, but CNN likes to think that they are special.