A new campaign launched today by a group of prominent figures representing academia, the arts, media, and activist and clerical groups adds another voice critical of the tone and nature of Donald Trump‘s campaign, but reserves some of that criticism for members of the press as well.
Called Stop Hate Dump Trump, the group–whose members include Laura Flanders, Harry Belafonte, Cornel West, Noam Chomsky, Rebecca Solnit, Barbara Ehrenreich, Alice Walker, Angela Davis and Cindy Sherman, among others–promises to serve as a vocal opponent of Trump’s proposed policies and rhetoric.
“We are offering Americans a chance to be heard and engage in action, as Trump’s campaign gain momentum even as he increases his hateful and divisive rhetoric,” said playwright Eve Ensler in an announcement.
But Trump isn’t the only subject of the group’s call out. As described in its statement of purpose, the group exists in part to serve as a check on media coverage of Trump by putting “media and political institutions on notice that they are accountable for normalising Trump’s extremism by treating it as entertainment, by giving it inordinate and unequal air time and by refusing to interrogate it or condemn it.”
In the announcement, law professor Kimberlé Crenshaw described what she sees as the compounding effects caused by the media’s treatment of Trump, saying, “much of the media has exacerbated the problem by treating his remarks as entertainment, effectively encouraging his competition to do the same. We have already seen the hateful and exclusionary rhetoric taking place at his rallies, where opponents have been beaten, threatened and ejected. This is not a made for TV movie. This is real.”