While it’s Fox News’ tagline, every cable news network likes to present itself as being “fair and balanced.” To that end, networks like CNN have panels that feature hardcore Donald Trump surrogates. Among the Presidents past defenders on the channel have been Rick Santorum, Jeffrey Lord, Jason Miller and Kayleigh McEnany.
MSNBC, on the other hand, will feature Republican lawmakers, but rarely has Trump surrogates on. On Monday, the network’s Lawrence O’Donnell blasted CNN for giving pro-Trump Conservatives a platform to lie.
The host of The Last Word made the comments while appearing on Al Franken’s podcast. Franken noted that CNN is a network that plays it down the middle.
Taking umbrage with the former Minnesota senator’s comments, O’Donnell replied, “One-third of the people on their payroll love Trump. So you’re guaranteed on any hour of CNN — minimum one-third of the programming will be supportive of Trump. Someone on their payroll saying, ‘Here’s why Trump’s right.’”
O’Donnell also claimed that Trump would rather have people watch CNN than MSNBC. “He knows on MSNBC there will be no one defending him, because we don’t bring on liars. I don’t bring on a liar. I won’t do that.”
The MSNBC host closed his remarks by saying, “So CNN has people on the payroll who they pay to tell their lies to the CNN audience in the middle of a CNN hour for some number of minutes. And so Trump knows that if you watch CNN at least you’ll hear someone lying in [his] favor.”
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