Addressing support given to President Donald Trump from the right-wing Sinclair Broadcast Group, which supplies clips to stations across the country, a CNN panel on media mocked Trump’s tweeted claim that he has “little time for watching TV.”
“We saw the president make a claim this week that I was baffled by,” Reliable Sources host Brian Stetler remarked. “He was reacting to reports that he was watching lots of TV amid all this scandal coverage. He wrote on Twitter, actually no, he has very little time for watching TV. Does he think we are idiots?”
Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik burst out laughing.
“You know, Brian, I can’t answer whether or not he thinks we are idiots, but he probably does,” Zurawik replied. “But for him to say he watches very little TV? There has never been a more media-steeped presidency. I think we never will have another one.”
“That could be a good thing,” a smiling Stetler stated. “I don’t think all his television viewing is a bad thing.”
“No, I have been writing about television my whole life. I think television is still a principal storyteller — it’s profound — television is profound. It’s not the boob tube,” Zurawik explained. “I think some of the stuff President Trump watches is like Judge Judy and that may not be the high-end of this medium. I just wish he would watch a little more high-end television and get a larger view.”
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