President Trump's first Oval Office address didn't make for compelling TV
Trump's first live address from the Oval Office, addressing the controversy over the U.S.-Mexico border, fell flat. "What there was not, after two days of media drama, was a convincing argument for why this needed to be a prime-time event at all," says James Poniewozik. "There was no news. There was no new argument. There was just a wall of sound, and the American viewing audience paid for it. Nor was there much compelling television, unless you’re an avid maker of internet memes. This was not a friendly setting for either party. The Oval Office, which can confer gravitas on a typical president, simply saps this atypical one. Mr. Trump comes alive playing off a crowd, like the ones he drove wild with promises that Mexico would pay for the wall. Plopped behind a desk, sniffling, reading sleepily from a TelePrompTer, he was a comedian playing an empty room."
- Networks interrupted their schedules "for a rerun of one of the longest-running programs on national television: Trump’s immigration talking points"
- Broadcast networks ended their coverage of Trump's speech by 9:30 p.m. ET
- None of the networks attempted to fact check Trump in real time
- Even Fox News had a fact check of the president, from Shepard Smith
- Stephen Colbert gives Trump's wall speech an alternate ending
- Jimmy Kimmel blasts Trump's speech: "Rarely does a president of the United States interrupt primetime television to warn us about a completely made-up thing"
- Nancy Pelosi rejects President Trump's plan to deliver his State of the Union speech before Congress
- President Trump informs Nancy Pelosi he'll deliver his State of the Union address before Congress next Tuesday
- President Trump still plans to deliver his State of the Union address one week from today
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