According to Mediaite, Howard Stern engaged in a discussion with CNN’s Anderson Cooper during an interview on The Howard Stern Show, where they delved into the impact of former President Donald Trump on the national media landscape and the perception that news outlets are highly focused on Trump-related stories.
Stern began by suggesting that Trump has fundamentally altered not only the political landscape but also the news business. He remarked on the widespread addiction to stories about Trump and the public’s seemingly insatiable appetite for news related to the former president.
Stern pointed out that Trump-related stories tend to capture more attention than other international or domestic events, such as the conflict in Ukraine. He alluded to the idea that the American public is more fixated on Trump’s actions and potential legal troubles than on global events.
In response, Anderson Cooper defended CNN’s coverage of Trump, explaining that Trump’s prominence in the news is partly due to the upcoming presidential race, where Trump is a leading candidate. Cooper acknowledged that politics naturally become a significant focus during a presidential campaign.
However, Cooper also emphasized that in the years when Trump was not running for president and had left office, the media’s coverage of him decreased. He argued that Trump was not the central focus of CNN’s reporting during that period. He also mentioned his personal involvement in covering events such as the conflict in Ukraine, suggesting that CNN continued to prioritize diverse news coverage beyond Trump-related stories.
The conversation touched on the complex relationship between media coverage, political figures, and public interest, highlighting the challenges and dynamics of modern journalism in an era dominated by high-profile political personalities like Donald Trump.