Larry King hits CNN: 'Stopped doing news' to focus on Trump
Ex-CNN host Larry King on Wednesday mocked his former employer declaring that the network “stopped doing news a long time ago” by opting to primarily cover President Trump.
King, who hosted a primetime show on CNN for 25 years through 2010, told RT America that the network originally covered Trump "as a character" when he was running for president.
"They covered him as a character. They carried every speech he made. They carried him more than Fox News, at the beginning," King said. "And so they built the whole thing up and the Republicans had a lot of candidates and they all had weaknesses."
"CNN stopped doing news a long time ago," King said while be interviewed by another former CNN anchor, Rick Sanchez. "They do Trump. Fox is Trump TV and MSNBC is anti-Trump all the time."
"You don’t see a story — there was vicious winds and storms in the Northeast the other day — not covered on any of the three cable networks, not covered," King noted. "So when CNN started covering Trump — they were the first — they covered every speech he made and then they made Trump the story. So, Trump is the story in America."
King's comments came just hours after the White House revoked CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta's credentials following a tense exchange at Trump press conference.
They also come a week after current CNN president Jeff Zucker told Vanity Fair that the reason why his network devotes so much time reporting on Trump is due to viewer demand.
“People say all the time, ‘Oh, I don’t want to talk about Trump, I’ve had too much Trump,’ ” Zucker told the magazine on Nov. 1. “And yet at the end of the day, all they want to do is talk about Trump."
"Larry King Tonight" was CNN's longest-running program. It launched in 1985 and aired until the network parted ways with King in 2010.
The 84-year-old now hosts "Larry King Now" on Hulu and RT America weekdays.