Trump's address sparks debate inside, outside TV networks

Danny Woods
January 10, 2019

One of many to talk about it was Jimmy Kimmel, who thought the president could've done a much better job of hamming up the so-called border crisis, which is already pretty hammy already.

This issue is reflective of all the ongoing arguments about Trump and the media. The "Abolish ICE" movement has gained currency in numerous NY social circles she now represents in the House and on social media.

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

"Hannity" picked up a whopping 7.1 million total viewers and 1.6 million in the 25-demo, marking it the show's highest-rated telecast in both categories since its return to the 9 p.m. timeslot in September 2017.

The evening was a win for Fox News all around, as the network averaged 4.8 million viewers during the primetime hours of 8-11 p.m., while MSNBC averaged 3.4 million and CNN averaged 2.6 million.

Veteran ABC anchor Ted Koppel, speaking with The New York Times, said Trump deserved the "benefit of the doubt". "There is bipartisan legislation-supported by Democrats and Republicans-to reopen government while allowing debate over border security to continue".

Trump's narrative about the southern border "really is fiction".

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Trump will visit the Capitol on Wednesday to meet with Senate Republicans, and has invited Democratic and Republican congressional leaders to return to the White House to meet with him later that day.

Journalists, public figures, and more have taken to Twitter to call for real-time fact checking, as well as other precautions.

"Just because Trump wants to address the nation doesn't mean networks should air it".

He promised to keep government shutdown for "months or years" - no matter whom it hurts.

Then came his joke: "They should either reject him outright, or if he insists on speaking in prime time, make him do it as a contestant on 'The Masked Singer, '" referencing the new singing competition show on Fox. That sets a precedent that may be tough for them to back away from in future events, he said.

Falwell said, instead, Jesus was only preaching personal kindness and forgiveness, not politics. It's rare, but not unprecedented, for networks to say no to a presidential request for airtime.

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