Common Slams Trump Coverage: 'The Integrity Of The Media Is Gone'

The rapper-turned-actor tells HuffPost Live the media has a "responsibility" to better cover the 2016 presidential election.

Common is not happy with all the news coverage that Donald Trump has garnered since he announced his 2016 presidential bid, he told HuffPost Live on Monday.

Speaking from Toronto, where his film "Being Charlie" is screening at the Toronto International Film Festival, the actor questioned the "integrity" of the media, which he believes has spotlighted Trump in a quest to drive ratings and page views. He explained to host Josh Zepps:

"I feel like the integrity of the media is gone in many areas because when you choose to be like, 'We're going to show 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 also warned against pigeonholing the American people and said he hopes the media will portray a wide range of candidates, allowing the citizens to make an informed choice.

"If it so happens to be a Donald Trump … which I don't believe it's that person, then let the people decide that," he said. "But don't just dwell on the spotlight and keep exploring the popularity of him just for numbers, because eventually that's going to 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."

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