Firebrand journalist and Starfish Media Group CEO Soledad O’Brien tore into the U.S. news media for allowing itself to get duped again and again by President Donald Trump and for making the metric of his performance whether or not he “sounds presidential.”
During a discussion of the fact that Trump never apologizes on Sunday’s edition of “The Point with Ari Melber,” O’Brien said it doesn’t matter that he never says he’s sorry because the news cycle moves so quickly that “if you can survive the original freakout that everybody has,” the news cycle will move on within two days and forget the incident ever happened.
Melber said that his question isn’t whether Trump can stay politically popular by never apologizing or admitting a mistake, but will it hinder his ability to effectively operate the machinery of government, pass legislation and function as a chief executive.
“It’s working,” O’Brien said. “It’s working, why would he change it?”
“I’m asking about governance,” Melber said. “Does it matter in his relationship to the intelligence community?”
“He only cares about, ‘Is it working,'” O’Brien said, seeming bemused that Melber still thinks Trump cares about getting job right. “I think it’s charming that you’re wondering if he’s going to transition into his responsibility as the leader of the free world.”
Donald Trump, she said, only thinks about apologizing “in terms of an optics question,” not about whether or not it makes him an effective leader.
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Trump supporter complains about being socially toxic: ‘People unfriend you’
Fox News anchor Jeanine Pirro on Saturday complained about being judged by the content of her character.
"People unfriend you!' Pirro complained. "They don't want you to be a -- they don't want to communicate with you."
"People I've had at my wedding don't talk -- my children's weddings actually, they don't talk to me anymore," she explained.
"It's not usually the right or the left, I mean, the intolerance is on the left," she argued.
The longtime Trump friend was harshly criticized for her complaints. Here's some of what people were saying:
Trump disappointed conservative media isn’t praising him enough for letting Roger Stone walk: report
President Donald Trump has been disappointed in right-wing media for not giving him more credit for pardoning longtime advisor Roger Stone.
"A senior administration official said there were serious divisions among Trump’s aides and allies over Stone’s case, with some cautioning that keeping him out of prison could be politically risky. Among those opposed was Attorney General William P. Barr, who called the prosecution 'righteous' in an interview Wednesday with ABC News, the official said, adding that those pushing Trump to show loyalty to Stone included Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who is close to the president," The Washington Post reported Saturday.
WATCH: GOP congressman suffers coughing fit — while praising Trump at mask-optional GOP convention
Republicans in the swing state of Wisconsin gathered in Green bay for a mask-optional convention on Saturday.
"Speakers at the convention also praised Trump's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the president's push to reopen the nation's economy and schools. More than 300 people attended the GOP state convention, with few in attendance wearing face masks, as [recommended] by public health officials," the State Journal reported Saturday.