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Home Depot Founder: “Media Ought to Be Ashamed of Itself” in Treatment of Trump

During an appearance last Thursday on CNBC’s popular “Squawk Box” program, the founder of the iconic Home Depot brand, Ken Langone, came out swinging at the media over its treatment of President Trump.


Langone, attacking the media over what he sees as a pronounced lack of objectivity in its reporting on the president, pointedly said that “the media ought to be ashamed of itself.”

“The whole idea of a newspaper to me is ‘give me the facts,’” said Langone. “The New York Times’ front page is the equivalent of the editorial page now.”

Langone was particularly critical of the effort by the so-called mainstream media to propagate what he and so many others see as a fictitious narrative about collusion between Trump and Russia.

It should be noted that Trump was not Langone’s candidate during the bulk of the 2016 election cycle. Langone was a supporter of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, first and foremost, and his second choice was actually Ohio Governor John Kasich.

Still, Trump has made a believer of the billionaire entrepreneur, particularly with regard to the matter of rolling back regulations on business that so many have seen as constraining for far too long.

“Somebody told me in November, ‘Don’t listen to what he says, watch what he does.’ What he has done so far in lifting these onerous and burdensome, needless regulations is absolutely incredible,” Langone said.

By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large