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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