Supporters of the civil rights organization ColorofChange have sent over 20,000 emails to CNN calling for the news network to terminate commentators Jeff Lord and Andy Dean for the analysts' "steadfast" support of Donald Trump.
"When CNN pays people like Jeffrey Lord and Andy Dean to defend and make excuses for Trump's racist and violent message CNN is anything but unbiased, and ends up validating Trump's violent message for millions of viewers," said ColorofChange director Rashad Robinson in a press release about the campaign
Robinson said CNN was "shaping the perceptions" of viewers by featuring Lord and Dean, analysts who "defend Trump's "violent message."
The press release says that in their appearances on CNN, Andy Dean has denied the story about Trump's campaign manager assaulting a a female reporter. It said Jeff Lord "condescendingly" explained that Trump did not have to disavow the support of the Ku Klux Klan.
The emails were sent to CNN President Jeff Zucker and CNN Vice President for Talent Amy Entelis.
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One producer said, "As a programmer, it's an easy decision, people watch it. As an American, I'm sort of troubled by it, because I feel like we contribute to it."
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"The front-runner of the party is always going to get the lion's share of attention," said Zucker. He said CNN asks for interviews with many of the candidates, and many say no.
But Trump "has always been much more available. I'm not going to penalize him for saying 'yes.'"
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weighed in on the attention paid to Trump by, saying the focus on Trump is a "blindingly obvious" threat to media impartiality.
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