CBS News held back on a statement from Donald Trump telling his supporters to not attack minorities, in an apparent attempt to increase television ratings.
In an interview with 60 Minutes on Friday, Trump told interviewer Lesley Stahl that he was “sorry to hear” about the violence his supporters had instigated against minorities since his election, and continued, “And I say right to the camera, stop it.”
The sincerity of Trump’s response is certainly doubtful, as he has for months promoted a divisive and hateful message attacking minorities and women. But CBS News did not release the quotes from Trump about the attacks, while they did release comments on the Affordable Care Act.
CBS made no consideration that Trump supporters might pull back from their violent attacks with words from Trump. Instead, the network wanted people to tune in to the newsmagazine show to see all of what Trump would say, and increase the network’s ratings and cash flow.
The network chose to make a profit instead of releasing news that could have prevented attacks on minorities.
In a statement, CBS told CNN, “We chose to release a quote on the issue that affects the most Americans & that was his statement on Obamacare.”
Apparently the lives of minorities and their safety in America doesn’t matter much to CBS.