2014 BET Experience At L.A. LIVE - Genius Talks Presented By RushCard - Day 2

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Oscar and Grammy Award-winning rapper/actor Common is critical of the amount of media attention that Donald Trump has received since announcing his 2016 presidential bid.

“I feel like the integrity of the media is gone in many areas because when you choose to just be like, ‘Ok, we’re gonna show this Donald Trump because we know it’s about numbers,’ it’s like where is the integrity of the journalists who know and will challenge these thoughts so that the American people can see truth and really have a good opportunity to get behind someone who’s going to matter, who’s going to really be about affecting change and improving this country?” Common said during a recent appearance on HuffPost Live.

Moving forward, Common hopes that the media will offer coverage to an array of candidates so that the U.S. electorate can make an informed decision when it comes to deciding the next President of the United States.

“If it so happened to be a Donald Trump, which I don’t believe it’s that person, then let the people decide that,” he says. “But don’t just like dwell on the spotlight and just keep exploiting the popularity of ’em just for numbers because eventually that’s gonna just mess up the situation in the country if we do. It’s feeding into the big monster. So I think the media definitely has a responsibility.”

A segment of Common’s appearance on HuffPost Live can be viewed below:


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