Charlie Hurt Calls Out Media for Giving Airtime to 'Dirtbag' David Duke
On "Outnumbered" today, Charlie Hurt called out the mainstream media for their coverage of the events in Charlottesville, Virginia.
He explained that in the wake of violence at a white nationalist rally, which left one dead and dozens injured, the media is giving attention to white supremacists and neo-Nazis like former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.
He said that amounts to millions and millions of dollars of free airtime and publicity for the former KKK grand wizard.
"Who cares what this guy thinks?" Hurt said. "He's a dirtbag. Ignore him. He'll go away. If the lights aren't on, if the cameras aren't rolling, he gets no attention."
Hurt said the media loves this kind of divisiveness, because it's good for ratings.
Kennedy noted that much of the media's coverage also focused on President Trump's delay in denouncing white supremacists by name.
"That's a distraction. And it's unfortunate. And I want the president to learn from this," Kennedy said, explaining that we should be having a more serious and thoughtful discussion about race and racism in America.
As for allegations that Trump didn't immediately condemn white nationalists because he's afraid of alienating a portion of his base, Hurt said he doesn't believe that the president would be that "despicable."
"I try to give people the benefit of the doubt," Hurt said. "If that's the case, that's the most disgusting thing on Earth. But I really don't think that that's what's going on here."
He pointed out that when a shooter opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a congressional baseball practice in June, the media didn't call for Trump to denounce the "left-wing nut job."
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