Jimmy Kimmel's Disclaimer For Trump's Speech Is Utterly On Target

Lewis Collier
January 10, 2019

Wallace replied that it would but this would not be enough because the Democrats still won the House in the midterms with the border wall being Trump's main issue. So the four major broadcasters and cable news networks showed him, while also airing rebuttals from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and making provisions of their own to pounce on misstatements.

Opposition response usually draws a reduced viewership, as people gradually tune out during a presidential address, making the higher ratings more striking, even if the numbers were just slightly above the president's speech.

In the unadjusted fast affiliates, CBS snagged the most viewers for Trump's speech with an audience of 8.04 million. According to Nielsen, 1,870,000 viewers in the key demo tuned into Fox News.

The comedian and frequent critic of President Donald Trump announced Monday on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" that he will put one federal employee to work on his show every day until the government shutdown ends. NBC was third with 7.4 million, while ABC was fourth with 5.8 million.

The president also referred to how drugs such as meth, heroin, and fentanyl were coming through the southern border, and that this would be stymied by a wall that would pay for itself with a new trade deal with Mexico.

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Perhaps giving a better sense of how America gets its news, the Pelosi and Schumer double act crushed Trump by 26% on CNN and 15% on MSNBC.

"The big networks went back and forth on whether or not they would air it", Kimmel said.

"The president made no news and no new proposals", he said.

Following Tuesday night's coverage, the liberal watchdog organization Media Matters for America said the network fact-checking was ineffective. "It is hard to argue this night was about anything other than pure politics - and the networks interrupted programming to accommodate it".

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