This is right on the money. CNN and other networks helped Trump tremendously by giving him so much coverage. Schultz hasn’t even announced that he is a candidate. Give the town halls to the actual candidates.
Let’s look back. Jeff Zucker, now head of CNN, gave Trump a big boost by having The Apprentice on NBC. CNN gave Trump a ton of coverage in 2016.
“Ten years later, it was Zucker, now the head of CNN, who gave Trump astonishing amounts of free exposure in the Republican presidential primary on the cable network, continually blasting out his speeches and rallies — often unfiltered and without critical fact-checking.
“It’s a not-unfair knock on CNN to say that they went all in on Trump and helped him enormously,” Ken Lerer, co-founder of the Huffington Post and BuzzFeed, said in a recent onstage interview at City University of New York’s journalism school. “I think it was a strategy, a programming strategy.”
Those paragraphs are from the article which is linked to before them.