President Trump is getting a lot of rave reviews for his performance in Tuesday night’s Presidential debate. The one place that seems to think the President was the clear winner is FOX News.
Seth Meyers not only pushed back on the idea that Trump was the clear winner. On his NBC show Late Night with Seth Meyers, the host questioned if the entire event was not one gigantic loss.
“Debate is not the right word. It was more like a collective brain hemorrhage. It was like watching democracy get a lobotomy,” he said.
FOX News pundit Dan Bongino said that Trump looked like an “apex predator”. In a separate segment, host Sean Hannity said that Trump was a “gladiator warrior.” Meyers bashed both of those takes.
“You watched that debate and saw an ‘apex predator’ and a ‘gladiator warrior fighter’? Because he didn’t look like a predator to me. Most of the time, he stood there with his head cocked like an old dog who just heard a twig snap. He held onto that podium the way my grandma holds onto her walker when they’re reading the Powerball numbers.
“When they weren’t slobbering all over him, Fox pundits and GOP allies were pretending they watched a different debate altogether,” he added.
Most of the country agrees with Meyer’s assessment of the debate as largely useless and of President Trump as anything but the clear winner according to polls.
Meyer’s vitriol was not reserved solely for FOX. He also called out former Senator and current CNN pundit Rick Santorum for his reaction to the President to whiffing when asked to condemn white supremacist organizations.
Meyer introduced a clip of Santorum’s defense of the President by saying the former Senator “for some reason, is still a CNN commentator—doing his level worst.”
He was asking the president to do something that he knows the president doesn’t like to do,” Santorum said of moderator Chris Wallace. “Which is, say something bad about people who support him.”
“I guess by that same token, Trump would accept an endorsement from ISIS if they praised him,” Meyer said, gobsmacked that Santorum would consider that an acceptable defense. “If they were smart, they would start waving Trump flags from the back of their trucks.”
Dan Abrams Calls NPR’s Mask Report Hotline “Ridiculous”
NPR recently announced a hotline that would allow staffers to report maskless colleagues, leading to the host on “The View” clashing over this issue.
NPR recently announced a hotline that would allow staffers to report maskless colleagues. During a segment on “The View,” the hosts clashed over what the radio station is implementing.
Co-host Joy Behar kicked off the discussion by stating she would never report a colleague, citing she’s “Italian” and that they “don’t snitch.” However, Sunny Hostin was on the other end, calling the new hotline a good thing.
“It’s a good thing,” Hostin said, per Mediaite. “We’ve been terrible to each other during this pandemic. So I just think you have this mechanism now where you can just call and snitch and protect yourself as opposed to taking it on yourself.”
Nonetheless, co-host Ana Navarro and guest co-host and Mediaite founder Dan Abrams pushed back at Hostin for her claims. Abrams called the hotline “ridiculous.”
“How do you know it’s not somebody just snitching on somebody they don’t like?” Navarro said. Hostin did push back when pressed by Navarro, saying that it would be up to HR to investigate.
“We’re at a different point in Covid now,” Abrams added. “We’re not at the point we were two years ago. What if I’m living with someone that’s immunocompromised or my parents and you give it to me and I go home and kill my dad or kill my mom or I kill my husband?”
“It’s not about just following the rules. There are a ton of risks people take every day, right, in going to work, exposing themselves. We’re going to have to live with Covid.”
Digital Exec Meredith Artley Exits CNN
Meredith Artley’s departure comes as CNN president Chris Licht begins morphing the cable news channel into his and Warner Bros. Discovery’s into their vision.
CNN is saying goodbye to its longtime SVP and editor-in-chief of CNN Digital Worldwide, Meredith Artley, whose departure was announced in a memo to staff that Axios obtained.
Artley’s departure comes as CNN president Chris Licht begins morphing the cable news channel into his and Warner Bros. Discovery’s into their vision. During her more than 12-year stint with the company, she served as a top executive under former CNN President Jeff Zucker.
“I’m so proud to have played a role in guiding, growing and championing CNN’s journalism across our digital platforms all these years,” Artley said. “There is so much CNN is doing right. How exciting to think about how much farther you will go.”
Furthermore, she became the latest executive to leave the company since the merger was finalized. Longtime CNN digital lead Andrew Morse left last month after directing the efforts at CNN’s now-defunct streaming service CNN+.
According to Axios, Artley was frustrated in the wake of the shakeups occurring at the network. The merger and other corporate issues led to several leadership modifications.
Jen Psaki: I Never Encourage Protests Outside of Chief Justices’ Homes
A University of Chicago journalist asked Jen Psaki if she regrets encouraging people to protest outside the Supreme Court Justices’ homes.
A University of Chicago journalist went full “Peter Doocy mode” on former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki during a forum at the school Wednesday.
According to a transcript published on Mediate, Daniel Schmidt asked Psaki if she regrets encouraging people to protest outside of the Supreme Court Justices’ homes in the wake of the leaked draft opinion that purports to overturn Roe v. Wade.
“Let me first say because I think facts matter and facts are important,” Psaki said. “I never encouraged anyone to protest. I encouraged them to engage peacefully, and to do it without violence, without threats, and without intimidation.”
According to The Hill, Protesters have gathered at the homes of Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and Justice Samuel Alito.
“If they’re breaking the law, of course, they shouldn’t do that. And I also said that, too. Thank you for your question!” Psaki added.
Last month, another University of Chicago student confronted CNN host Brian Stelter regarding the network’s role in disseminating alleged fake news.