Has anyone ever seen Donald Trump promote anyone but himself or someone in his family on Twitter? The answer (Nope!) is why nobody believes Trump promoted Fox’s Justice with Judge Jeanine show yesterday morning just to help out a pal.
Yesterday morning, as he was nursing the wounds of his humiliating Trumpcare defeat the day before, Trump suddenly urged his 27 million Twitter followers to watch Jeanine Pirro’s show later that evening:
It just so happened that Pirro opened "Justice" a few hours later with a blistering attack on Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. She blamed him for the Trumpcare debacle and demanded that he step down. “The American people won’t forget this and neither should the president,” she intoned ominously.
Not surprisingly, Twitter and the internet went a-buzz over the sequence of events.
Nevertheless, Pirro also stated, “I certainly have not spoken with the president about any of this.
Do you believe her?
Even if Pirro told the truth, the promotion of a partisan news host by a president would be troubling no matter what Pirro said.
Watch Pirro’s Opening Statement below, from the March 25, 2017 Justice with Judge Jeanine.
Ted Koppel entered the national stage in 1979 during the Iranian hostage situation for ABC’s News Nightline program that came on at 11:30. He couldn’t top Johnny Carson in the ratings, nobody could, but his ratings were good enough to keep the show on the air, which it still is today. He left the show around 2005.
What I always respected about Mr. Koppel, was that he was an old school journalist who reported the news based on facts, not his opinion.
I’d never heard about Ted Koppel but the way he spoke to O’Reilly was most seductive. And instructive.
Now let me take my Geritol and get my nap in. 😴
I wouldn’t worry overmuch about being “clickbaitey” (lovely word). Each and every news programme has a (to me, irritating) little “stay-with-us” spiel before commercial breaks. However, Ellen’s clickbaits" have a substantive purpose: i.e. her desire is to inform us that a suggested topic is already in the works or will be addressed. That’s a useful sort of “clickbaitey-ness”.
Can anybody provide me with the link to a delightful conversation between Ted Koppel and O’Reilly from a couple of years ago? They’d been colleagues early on in their careers and I remember being shout-out-loud delighted to hear Koppel wonder what had happened to O’Reilly as a proper journalist.
I hate to be even more clickbaitey but I’m going to have to leave Richard’s post for the AM. Some other things came up and now I need to rest my brain.
Isn’t what Trump did illegal and unethical on a whole bunch of levels? Faux is dreading the next 5:00am bowel movement tweet. Trump needs to stay away from those Trump steaks he’s got stored in a warehouse.
I agree this doesn’t pass the smell test, and he could easily lie, but how can you prove it? Silence on the subject will speak loudly.