CNN will not stop at nothing to boost its flailing ratings, even if it means exploiting possibly drunk Sam Nunberg on live TV.
That’s what journalists remarked after watching Erin Burnett “interview” the former Trump aide, all the while noting that she smelled alcohol on his breath.
“Talking to you, I have smelled alcohol on your breath,” Burnett told Nunberg. He denied he was drunk, but admitted that had taken anti-depressants. And despite his train-wreck behavior, Burnett continued with the interview.
Trump fired Nunberg in August 2015 after racially charged Facebook posts were uncovered on his personal account.
CNN was widely slammed by both liberals and conservatives for exploiting an apparently impaired guest rather cut the interview short. After all, CNN has never hesitated to pull a Trump supporter off the air or cut their mics if they disagreed with what he was saying.
Many on Twitter said CNN committed journalistic malfeasance and violated ethics by allowing Nunberg to behave erratically on live TV, when he spewed a series of nonsensical comments.
“The man needs help. Not exploitation,” Washington Examiner columnist T. Becket Adams said.
Adams continued: “Saying ‘some say you’re drunk’ to an interview subject on live TV is sh*tty, esp. if he has a problem and has fallen off the wagon. Following up with, ‘I can smell alcohol on you’ is doubly sh*tty *and* heartless.”
Saying "some say you're drunk" to an interview subject on live TV is shitty, esp. if he has a problem & has fallen off the wagon. Following up with, "I can smell alcohol on you" is doubly shitty *and* heartless.
If it's what it looks like, the man needs help. Not exploitation.
— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) March 6, 2018
Others agreed, saying CNN has “no moral compass” by moving ahead with an interview when they suspected the guest was drunk or otherwise impaired.
Yet she continued to interview him, and CNN performed at least 4 more interviews with him. If the man admitted he was on anti depressants, and the host smells alcohol on his breath…get him to a doctor, don’t keep him on for ratings!!
— Christopher Bowley (@soxfaninpa1) March 6, 2018
The media has no moral compass, they only have a monetary compass. If it bleeds, it leads. That’s why their posturing as purveyors of truth and morality are so damn laughable.
— Shashiga (@shashigette) March 6, 2018
A sad state our media is in today. Alcoholism is no joke. Two years sober today. I hope he gets the help he needs.
— Richard Cranium (@richardcranium6) March 6, 2018
Sad day for journalists everywhere. Interview with drunk nonsense like substance abuse is funny. My sister died from complications from abuse. You sick fujks
— Zoolander1234 (@Matthew13444080) March 6, 2018
Latest journalistic efforts by @brianstelter :
1. Put a likely drunk/transparently unstable Sketchy Sam Nunberg on air for an hour long broadcast with Erin Burnett
2. Head to Thailand to find hooker seeking asylum who promises stories of naked Putin and Trump
THIS IS CNN https://t.co/vAVkKefJlV
— TheLastRefuge (@TheLastRefuge2) March 6, 2018
This is extremely irresponsible from CNN and Burnett https://t.co/j0t2KV8LOz
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) March 6, 2018
It's his third appearance on CNN today and something like his 5th overall. What news value is there now in having a drunk or drugged person on air on national TV like this? None. https://t.co/5rFr3QoQtm
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) March 6, 2018
Journalist Noah Rothman asked: “If you really thought he was impaired, would it be ethical to put him in front of a camera?”
If you really thought he was impaired, would it be ethical to put him in front of a camera? https://t.co/WwCVvz9BmE
— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) March 6, 2018
Before a guest does a live interview, he talks to producers, where he’s briefed on what they will discuss on-air. So CNN staffers were probably already aware that Sam Nunberg was possibly drunk, but went ahead with the segment because they knew the video would go viral and embarrass President Trump.
But as usual, the anti-Trump CNN overplayed its hand, and the ploy boomeranged on them. And despite its best efforts, CNN still failed.
Congratulations @FoxNews: Fox has 15 of the top 20 shows with @SeanHannity and @TuckerCarlson leading the pack at 1st and 2nd respectively. CNN has become totally irrelevant, down 19% from last year with only 1 show in the Top 25 (#24th). pic.twitter.com/5IcwYEbFRR
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) March 5, 2018
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