“We live in this country where you can say anything you want as long as you are not harming other people,” NBC chief Bob Greenblatt said during the NBC TCA executive session. “He has his political belief system but I really don’t think what he’s doing in his personal life is going to corrupt what he’s doing on the show.” However, “if he becomes somehow hurtful and says or does things that cross a line, we would figure out what to do with that.”Keep in mind, the Hair Helmet of Wisdom was last seen promoting racist conspiracy theories and tweeting for revolution because Barack Obama had won reelection. That didn't cross any line, because freedomz, so I can only assume by "crossing the line" Greenblatt is talking about some sort of potential wardrobe malfunction.
I'm at a bit of a loss as to how to respond to Trump and his enablers, at this point. That his show is actually a Thing, in America, is I'm sure a symptom of something horribly, horribly depressing—possibly rampant alcoholism among the population, more likely an infatuation with ostentatious faux-wealth and buffoonery because Christ, there sure isn't enough of that on the teevee these days. And NBC is in the entertainment "industry," which is a lot more credible of a place to be than the Republicans that actually effing made him a political voice. That last part may very well go down in history as one of the more inarguable signals of the party's eventual decay and collapse. (Trump, for his part, I suspect would himself be happy with that designation, so long as the textbooks included a flattering picture.)
Greenblatt does, however, plead for a little recognition as to NBC's good deeds to date:
“We talked him out of running for president, wasn’t that good enough?,” Greenblatt said.Hmm. I ... don't know. It really is a reminder that even the worst of the worst conspiracy theorists won't suffer a bit for their efforts at intentionally misleading the public, though. It's all just a game. Next election, it'll be someone else.