Former CNN Legend Larry King: CNN is ‘Not a News Network’


Talk show legend Larry King said Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC are no longer news networks thanks to their obsessive coverage of President Donald Trump.

Appearing on the Law & Crime Network — Mediaite’s sister website — on Thursday, King offered the media criticism while discussing CNN’s case against the Trump administration after they pulled Jim Acosta’s press credentials.

“I’m a big supporter of free speech, but on the other hand, there are 50 press passes at CNN to the White House,” King said while on the Abrams Media outlet this morning.

He also praised Fox News for throwing their support behind CNN — to the shock of many — since “you could have another president in three years who throws a Fox reporter out.”

King then continued discussing Acosta and Trump’s beef:

“Jim was a little out of line. I wouldn’t have gone that far, he answered one or two questions then he didn’t want to answer anymore. You got a room full of people all of whom have the right to ask questions. Jim might have gone a little far. The president kept going back to him… To me, you know what this was, eighth grade. It was the playground, ‘That’s my ball and I wanna play today on the team.’ It was childish.”

He advised Acosta to “try to learn as much as you can from” Trump in the press conferences, rather than making the story about himself.

“You’re not bigger than [Trump]. It isn’t about you, it’s about him,” King said. “CNN has become — as is Fox, and MSNBC — Trump networks. There’s the anti-Trump network, the partial anti-Trump network, and the pro-Trump network. But they’re not news networks.”

“A news organization leads the news, it doesn’t follow,” he added.

Watch above, via Law & Crime Network.

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