Though CNN‘s Jeff Zucker offered some inner reflection this week when he posited that maybe his network had been a bit too free with airing Trump rallies in the early months, he failed to make a full assessment and ignored his network’s role in giving exposure to the most deplorable Trump surrogates.

You’ve seen them and you know them: Scottie Nell Hughes, Kayleigh Mcenany, Corey Lewandowski, Jeffrey Lord. These near household names can be counted on to suit up and jab back at any Trump allegation, no matter how big or small.

Again and again in the interest of “balance,” the supposed non-biased network features the worst of the worst in Trump supporters who quite frankly make the network unwatchable.

They derail the conversation, shout over host and fellow guest alike, and lie repeatedly in order to try and shift a narrative away from the latest Trump controversy. They’re exhausting and frustrating.

As Media Matters researcher Carlos Maza explains below, there are a million reasons why featuring these people again and again is not just harmful to CNN’s viewership, but to journalism and media as a whole.



Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at