“If they say something, they get kicked off the bus,” Jason Jones said of reporters covering Donald Trump.
Reporters have a rough ride covering Donald Trump because they fear losing access to the tyrannical tycoon, says former “Daily Show” correspondent Jason Jones.
“If they say something, they get kicked off the bus. Everyone is afraid of losing access. Everyone is afraid,” Jones told the New York Times in an interview published Friday.
“And the truth is, the access comes by being harder on people. You are going to be more respected. And the people who truly want to talk will talk.”
Still, the comedian — who last year left the late-night satire institution after almost a decade — admitted he’d consider a journalism career if his TBS comedy “The Detour” “crashes and burns and goes nowhere.”
Some journalists have indeed come under fire for appearing to get too chummy with the blowhard billionaire.
“Morning Joe” hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, for example, raised eyebrows when leaked audio from an unusually friendly exchange with The Donald — including Brzezinski admitting she’d had a “wow moment” watching Trump bring two protester-manhandling supporters onstage at a rally — went viral in February.
And Fox News host Megyn Kelly, a frequent target of Trump’s childish Twitter tirades since she took him to task for years of sexist barbs during an August GOP debate, recently slammed her coworker Bill O’Reilly for not having her back during a fawning “O’Reilly Factor” interview with the mogul.
She also put CNN on blast for airing Trump’s veterans event, which he staged to rival Kelly-hosted GOP debate in Des Moines on Jan. 28.
Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski came under fire for appearing to favor Trump.
Trump, meanwhile, has vowed to “open up” libel laws so he could go after outlets publishing “purposely negative” and “horrible stories” about him.
The thin-skinned mogul, who has blasted the mainstream media as “unfair,” “sad!” and “dishonest,” recently had to assure the press that he had no plans to murder them.
“I hate some of these people; I hate ‘em,” Trump told a Grand Rapids, Mich., crowd in December. “I would never kill them. I would never do that.”