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#ResistTrump today by demanding that NBC cut its business ties with Trump

NBC, dump Trump!

Today’s Resist Trump Every Day mission: Sign a petition demanding that NBC cut its business ties with Trump.

From the petition, which you can find here:

When “Celebrity Apprentice” returns to NBC in 2017, Donald Trump will still be executive producer of the show.

This is an unprecedented moment, where one of the largest media conglomerates in the world, Comcast/NBCUniversal, for all intents and purposes, will have a contractual arrangement with the president of the United States. It creates a clear conflict of interest that undermines the credibility of NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC and makes it impossible to trust that any reporting on Trump has not been impacted by this business entanglement.

NBC has a Trump problem that will only get worse once he is president. To maintain any credibility as a news organization, the network needs to cut its ties now.

I think that last bit overstates the issue. NBC’s news division, particularly MSNBC,  has been quite critical of Trump; they’re probably tougher on Trump than any of the other American networks. I don’t think Trump’s role as executive producer of Celebrity Apprentice will instantly destroy the credibility of people like Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes or Joy Reid.

That said, this is a gigantic conflict of interest. Keeping Trump as producer would be a major ethical breach both for Trump and for NBC. Trump should have no business ties with any company involved in journalism in any way, and no such company should have ties with any politician, much less the dude who will be inhabiting the White House. Just as importantly, NBC should not be enabling Trump’s kleptocracy. The network should either boot him as executive producer or cancel the show outright if this isn’t possible.

I signed the petition, which is more than 90% of the way to its goal of 150,000 signatures. TV networks are acutely conscious of things that affect their PR, so this is one petition that could actually make a difference.

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18 replies on “#ResistTrump today by demanding that NBC cut its business ties with Trump”

It creates a clear conflict of interest that undermines the credibility of NBC News

My take was that he undermined the credibility of the presidency by still being executive producer of a reality-TV show.

@Kat

If France and Hollande were any indication, them numbers’re only gonna get worse from now on. Our current score is 4%. Beat that, America.

My take on it is that he undermines the credibility of the presidency every time he opens his dang mouth!

My take was that he undermined the credibility of the presidency by still being executive producer of a reality-TV show.

Isn’t this a both/and blog?

Also, I agree with Scildfreja.

I wanted to add something in the lines of “and it’s not the worst of his offenses against the credibility of the presidency, and the word ‘credbility’ itself” but then I forgot. Oh well.

@Karalora

Isn’t this a both/and blog?

I uh don’t get what you mean. I mean, I literally can’t parse the sentence, because I suck at engrish.

@Sinkable John

I mean that around here, we don’t normally insist that only one of two separate but related issues or cause/effect phenomena can be true. The arrangement between Trump and NBC undermines the credibility of both the network and the presidency. Both/and.

Hadn’t heard about Franklin Graham in a long time, I thought he’d just gone and evaporated out of any semblance of relevance like the rest of… oh wait. They’re all returning now, right. I forget sometimes.

ETA : @Karalora

Ah, I get it now., thanks. Well, yeah. They’re definitely not mutually exclusive.

I tried to sign it, but it wouldn’t accept my zip code. I’m an Australian – does it only accept American zip codes, or what?

TV networks are acutely conscious of things that affect their PR …

Didn’t NBC already publically “Fire” him then privately take him back (albeit a while ago for one of his many other crimes)?

My take was that he undermined the credibility of the presidency by still being executive producer of a reality-TV show.

Heh, I guess I already think his credibility is so low (I’d say negative at this point) that I didn’t even think to mention this angle.

I keep getting ads on this site for Franklin Graham asking me to sign a pledge for Jesus and America. The fuck?

It looks like the google ads have more to do with browsing history than with what’s on the page, though much of the time it really only manages to slot things into really broad categories. Like, it sees “Jesus” and those ads pop up, even if you were just looking a page about the Jesus lizard.

@Abars01 That’s often how it works. I’m in Canada, so I use a zip code from Anchorage (as Alaska is the closest state to me).

@David

Heh, I guess I already think his credibility is so low (I’d say negative at this point) that I didn’t even think to mention this angle.

Weeell he does lie so much (and when he doesn’t he still gets it wrong by sheer ignorance) that whenever he says anything, it’s often safe to assume that the opposite is true. That oughta count as negative.

Another petition from Avaaz/another way to resist Donald Trump and help save the world — please sign!

This petition is being signed at the rate of about 1 person every 1 or 2 seconds, and the signers are from all around the world. There are so many signers that I saw a name that was very similar to my own (first and last names). Please be the latest person to sign.

Dear friends,

One man could destroy our future in less than a month. Yep, Donald Trump.

He doesn’t even need the nuclear codes — he just needs to keep his promise to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, and have massive polluters like India or Russia follow suit!

But we’ve got a silver bullet: bypass Trump.

New York, California and Google have raised their climate ambitions after Trump’s election — if we get them to build a coalition of US cities, states and businesses to collectively meet the US climate target, the Paris agreement can hold. Let’s send a million voices directly to their doorsteps!

Click here to sign: https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/us_climate_heroes_loc/?tCGwufb&v=500269277&cl=11412979770&_checksum=61813fb6c22475d28cb6113e9a12248edd3a8f706e2f4b9fd5043b159b21f07d

This really could work. Key cities, states and firms are already stepping up, with Google committing to 100% clean energy by next year!

Add giant states like New York and California to giant cities like Chicago and Philadelphia, and experts say you might not even need the US Federal government to meet the US climate target! The Paris agreement can be saved.

Avaaz has already been pushing this idea with insiders, who say that a big public push from our movement could help catalyze the leadership we need from climate heroes. Let’s take millions of global voices to Mayors, Governors and CEOs across the US:

Click here to sign: https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/us_climate_heroes_loc/?tCGwufb&v=500269277&cl=11412979770&_checksum=61813fb6c22475d28cb6113e9a12248edd3a8f706e2f4b9fd5043b159b21f07d

Leaders change, facts do not. And that’s why our movement is so important. We can keep accelerating on the road towards a safe climate future, no matter who is in power. In the era of Trump’s denialism, let’s help bring together the coalition we need to save the world.

With hope,

Christoph, Alice, Nick, Risalat, Martyna, Ricken and the rest of the Avaaz team

@Kat, thanks for the petition pointer, it’s a good one – still ticking up the numbers nicely, I see!

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