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Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 11:58PM EDT
Report: New White House communications chief Bill Shine used his Fox News expertise on President Trump's Supreme Court announcement
“Shine brought in all new lights,” a person briefed on the production tells Fox News expert Gabriel Sherman. “He gave Trump what’s called a ‘downlight.’ Trump’s a little fat, but that made him look younger.” Sherman also reports that Shine, the former Fox News executive who was ousted for allegedly facilitating sexual harassment at the cable news network, rewarded Sean Hannity by timing Monday's announcement to the beginning of the Hannity show at 9 p.m. ET. Thanks to the announcement, Hannity beat The Bachelorette to become Monday's most-watched show with 5.82 million viewers.
Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 1:20PM EDT
Actually, President Trump's Supreme Court announcement was one of the most conventional things he's done with televison
"The Apprentice Administration was not especially subtle about flogging the prime time revelation" of Brett Kavanaugh's pick to become the next U.S. Supreme Court justice, says James Poniewozik. "But," he adds, "the actual 9 p.m. event Monday was the sort of thing that’s within recent political memory: A president tactically claiming a chunk of prime time for politically expedient messaging. George W. Bush held a similar nighttime announcement for his nomination of John G. Roberts Jr. in 2005. The most reality-TV part of the show came before it aired: namely, the campaign of suspense, building to an announcement that Mr. Trump hyped for a week. The teases — that there were four finalists, that the decision would come down to the wire — made for familiar Trumpian theater, public yet opaque, prodding news cycles of excited rumor and mind-reading...Having roped in TV interest, Mr. Trump secured the major networks and cable-news channels as a captive, or at least willingly surrendered, audience for an unrebutted pitch."
Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 12:09AM EDT
President Trump again used reality TV tropes to announce his U.S. Supreme Court pick
Like the Neil Gorsuch announcement in January 2017, President Trump used primetime to make his selection of Brett Kavanaugh look like a reality TV reveal. The White House even tweeted a reality-style teaser less than a half an hour before the announcement. It was as if the entire event was, as Lisa de Moraes describes it, a Survivor: SCOTUS primetime special -- one that disrupted real reality TV shows like The Bachelorette. Still, Trump's reality-style announcement didn't seem as controversial this time around. Back in January 2017, says de Moraes, "Trump’s decision to summon both men to Washington, and his primetime TV special reveal seemed to shock some TV news talking heads and Supreme Court scholars not familiar with reality-TV tropes. (A year and a half later), the same reality-TV treatment for his second pick barely raised eyebrows."
- Stephen Colbert, who taped earlier in the day, covered his mouth and used a voiceover to dub in the name "Brett Kavanaugh"
- Yes, Kavanaugh resembles Crashing's Pete Holmes
- Fox News anchor Shannon Bream canceled plans to broadcast live from U.S. Supreme Court steps due to "volatile" protests
- Report: Some White House staffers felt ex-Fox News exec/new Trump communications chief Bill Shine picked 9 p.m. to boost Sean Hannity's ratings
- The Bachelorette fans were annoyed by Trump's interruption, despite being forewarned by Chris Harrison
- Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss retweeted The Onion's take on Trump's disruption of The Bachelorette
# TOPICS: U.S. Supreme Court, Fox News Channel, The Bachelorette, Hannity, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Bill Shine, Brett Kavanaugh, Mike Fleiss, Neil Gorsuch, Pete Holmes, Shannon Bream, Stephen Colbert, Reality TV, Trump Presidency, White House