Rick Santorum and CNN’s ‘Trumping Heads’ Problem

Other Trumpian commentators were ent-CNNed after targeting harmful allegations (Paris Dennard;; Jason Miller), recycled from CNN back into politics (Marc Short;; Ken Cuccinelli), deviated from position for vague or unspoken reasons (Cory Lewandowski;; Scottie Nell Hughes) or against bail to accept or look for new jobs (Kayleigh McEnany;; Stephen Moore). Chipotle has likely more job security burritos than Trump’s replacement on CNN.

If you are feeling generous to CNN, you can do them the honor of flooding the Zone to find people who will defend the Trump presidency and will continue to defend the current development of the Trump Republican Party. MSNBC didn’t feel anything like that concernsas Jeremy Barr wrote for the in 2018 Hollywood Reporterand prefers to store its designated Conservative slots with Never Trump Republicans. If you feel indecent about CNN, you can condemn the network for lowering its journalistic standards to the point where practiced liars and propaganda artists are on the payroll.

Since so much of what counts as news on CNN is actually conversation and opinion, the CNN formula commands its producers to find trump-friendly sources to liaise with the network’s talent and the democratic analysts they have recruited to to defend the position of the Democrats. The flaw in this formula during the Trump era, an era that shows no sign of an end, is that it was easy for Trump, cruel, arbitrary, authoritarian, inconsistent, ignorant, but confident, bullying, and crude in his performance as a Being a candidate As president and party leader, another challenge is finding a person who can be reliably seen on television several times a week to clean up the water damage – and somehow remain a believable public figure.

Trump gets away with it because he’s Trump, someone who disregarded normal rules of conduct. But a mainstream television commentator has to largely abide by these rules while defending the man who breaks them. On Fox News, pro-Trump commentators have thrived for years because no one challenges them. Not so with CNN defenders. Imagine your higher cognitive functions get knotted after being asked to defend Trump’s “shit holes” as not be racist and actually take that position, as Santorum did, or excuse Trump Rejection Denouncing white supremacists because Trump doesn’t like to “say bad things about people who support him” as Santorum did or defend them Trump’s Russia is lying because “the president is not quite consistently telling the truth about many things,” as Santorum did. You could start to greet your enemies on Twitter with sarcastic “Sieg Heils” and utter fallacies about Indians – or at least plan a quiet exit from the network.

Explaining why Trump surrogates burn out so reliably on CNN is like explaining why Polonium-210 only has a half-life of 138 days before it breaks down to lead-206. Trump defenders arrive on CNN in an energetic state, vibrating with loyalty to their leader, but dissolving as if the laws of physics were commanded to either escape or be ejected. With the recent past as a guide, the only thing Santorum envisions to leave is hiring or promoting another Republican Republican to his place – and possibly removing him. It’s a radioactive position.

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