Let's look at Jeff Zucker, CNN's boss.
In April 2017, Zucker baldly told the New York Times, "The idea that politics is sport is undeniable, and we understood that and approached it that way." The "it" was certainly the 2016 presidential campaign.
Zucker always has understood political news in this corrupt fashion -- and in the process, he helped elect a US president and a California governor.
Zucker was the man who launched The Apprentice, starring Donald Trump, at NBC, in 2004.
In other words, Zucker happened to play a major role in electing Donald Trump. There is no getting around it.
Washington Post, October 2, 2016: "Looking for someone specific to hold responsible for the improbable rise of Donald Trump?"
"Although there are many options, you could do worse than to take a hard look at Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide.
"It was Zucker, after all, who as the new head of NBC Entertainment gave Trump his start in reality TV with 'The Apprentice' and then milked the real estate developer's uncanny knack for success for all it was worth in ratings and profits.
"And it succeeded wildly -- boosting the network's ratings, as well as Zucker's [and Trump's] meteoric career. In turn, under Zucker, the show gave rise to 'Celebrity Apprentice,' another Trump extravaganza. And, in turn, Zucker became the head of NBC overall.
"The show [The Apprentice] was built as a virtually non-stop advertisement for the Trump empire and lifestyle...
"The executive [Jeff Zucker] rode the Trump steed hard. When the reality-TV star was preparing to marry Melania Knauss in 2005, Zucker wanted to broadcast the wedding live. (Trump, uncharacteristically, declined.)
"But make no mistake: There would be no Trump-the-politician without Trump-the-TV-star. One begot the other."
POLITICS IS TELEVISION, AND TELEVISION IS POLITICS.
If you're looking for a person who embodies that fake version of reality most purely, you need look no further than Jeff Zucker.
Despite his network's present hatred of Trump, Zucker would give Trump his own show right now if he wanted one.
For ratings and ad revenues.
Consider another event, one which I've analyzed in great detail. It took place on NBC in 2003, when Zucker was the head of the network's entertainment division. The Tonight Show, with Jeno Leno, was a prime piece of that division then. What Leno pulled off in 2003 had to have the OK from Zucker, because it was a highly unusual move, a distinctly unethical move.