Source: Salon, March 1
Edited conclusion of a recent speech by Les Moonves, CEO and executive chairman of CBS, at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in San Francisco.
Trump’s presence makes the whole spectacle unpredictable and entertaining, not unlike a reality show…. The money’s rolling in and this is fun. I’ve never seen anything like this, and this is going to be a very good year for us. Sorry. It’s a terrible thing to say. But, bring it on, Donald. Keep going.
Moonves carried on a bit more about the surplus of advertising dollars “in the marketplace” due to Trump’s continued presence in the race. But the point is obvious enough. Trump is winning, and he’s made a mockery of the process along the way. As a TV man and professional charlatan, I expect Trump to behave like the swindler that he is, but the media’s complicity is a huge part of this story. Everyone in political media – myself included – shares some of the blame here, but cable news and network television are disproportionately driving the process.