During his nightly monologue on ABC Wednesday night, Jimmy Kimmel got caught in the brewing controversy over dueling city hall events that took place on Thursday on both his network and NBC.
“You know, there was supposed to be a debate tomorrow night, but since Trump would not agree to the virtual format they wanted because he tested positive for the coronavirus, he resigned altogether,” the host said. “In the absence of any debate, Biden agreed to build a town hall on ABC that evening.”
Then came the announcement that Trump would be doing a town hall on NBC at exactly the same time. “That̵
“Thank you, NBC,” he continued. “First The Apprentice and now this. Why not a new Bill Cosby special while we’re at it? ”
Noting that there is “no good reason to hold these events at the same time,” Kimmel noted that “Trump obviously wanted this because he knows he will get better ratings than Joe Biden,” as a town hall is likely to be broadcast on NBC also on all of NBC’s other channels, including MSNBC and CNBC.
“Of course, more people will see Trump,” he said. “That does not mean anything. Whenever I watch a documentary about the Bill of Rights or hit a guy in the nuts with a shovel, I go shoveling every time! “
Or, as another ABC employee, Nate Silver, said Wednesday, “Some people seem to operate under the false assumption that more airtime is better for Trump.”
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