The American news media isn't sufficiently challenging leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for encouraging violence or making "misogynistic" comments, Huffington Post Media Group Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington said Sunday.
As a result, Huffington said, the news media is "mainstreaming" Trump's "extreme" statements, such as proposing to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. or repeatedly questioning whether President Barack Obama was born in the U.S. (He was born in Hawaii.)
"By not challenging these statements again and again and again," Huffington said during a televised interview on CNN's "Reliable Sources," the news media is "allowing them to become part of the conversation, to become part of the mainstream."
"We're getting used to these absurdities," Huffington said.
She cited a recent Washington Post interview with Trump as an example. A review of the transcript reveals that the publication chose not to ask Trump about his past statements on Obama's birthplace or his apparent advocacy for violence at his campaign rallies.
"These topics are rather important. If you're a birther, it's a little bit like a candidate who believes that the Earth is flat. It is something that is absolutely and unequivocally false," Huffington said.
Trump's erratic behavior could be a result of his lack of sleep,
Huffington added. The candidate boasts of his sleep deprivation as if
it's a "badge of honor," Huffington said.
"It's a little bit like a candidate saying, 'I'm perpetually drunk,'"
Huffington said, noting that such a comment would prompt questions
about the candidate's judgment. "Every day we have more and more
examples of [Trump's] lack of judgment."
Editor's note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist