Back in the old days, before Trump became US President, the evening talk shows would make fun of everything happening around the world.
I remember laughing at Jon Stewart on the Daily Show as he would show emotionless Russians looking at a comet coming down, John Oliver doing a whole show on the bribery scandals at FIFA (I’m a big soccer fan you know).
I still watch them from time to time now but have the slight feeling someone forgot to tell them the MSM polls are ‘just a tad’ off.
Think about this for a minute, if the New York Times dared to run with a poll on its front page a whole month before the 2016 election showing that Hillary had a 92% chance of winning (and we all know how that turned out), then how big is the Trump / GOP approval rating in truth when they dared to admit this week for the first time that it’s hit 50%?
Doesn’t really matter though, Jimmy Kimmel, John Oliver, Seth Meyers and Trevor Noah only talk one topic: trashing Trump. I will admit there are funny bits, but they must know from a statistical point of view that they are insulting about half the public at the same time.
A month into the Trump Presidency, when the Wall Street Journal still appeared in print in European company breakout rooms and I could get my daily dose of US news by turning a page rather than seeing it on my phone, there was an interesting editorial in the Journal about how the US mainstream media did all this Trump bashing because they wrote for their own crowd, the metropolis cities on the US coasts who mostly thought and voted Democrat, and how the rural communities were stretched out too thin and too wide for them to focus on.
Makes sense in a way, but even the conservative-minded Journal thought it would all die down in a while and things would get back to normal.
14 months into the Trump presidency, the stock market at an all-time high, approval rating near 50%, most Americans feel the tax reform has worked well for them and what will late night talk show host discuss during their Monday meeting?
I assume it will go like this. So, what do we have planned for tonight…? Let’s bash Trump.
If by now, no one in any of those meetings raises their hand and says, maybe we should try something else, then I hope they realize, they are not really representing comedy for the US public anymore, but simply for readers of The Huffington Post.