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Monday, December 09, 2019

#EndorseThis: Kimmel Makes Stormy Admit Denial Of Trump Affair Is Fake News

President Trump says “fake news” so often, it’s easy to forget he co-opted the term from reports about Russian bots on social media. Russia pushed actual falsehoods at Americans in 2016. Trump somehow distorted that story into an attack on CNN.

The Donald has savaged ABC too. But the network’s top comic Jimmy Kimmel is fighting back by showing just how fake the President’s stated “Christian” morals are.

In today’s clip (aired moments after Trump’s SOTU address) Kimmel cajoles former porn star Stormy Daniels into admitting that her “denial” of an alleged one-night-stand with Donald Trump is fake news. Daniels plays coy throughout the exclusive interview, perhaps due to a $130,000 non-disclosure agreement with Trump’s lawyers. But the late-night host points out that Daniels’ real signature is different than it looks on the denial published by Buzzfeed on Tuesday.

Is the document a hoax by Trump-team spinsters? Stormy’s reply (at the 1:52 mark) doesn’t leave much doubt.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

Wen Ho Lee

Down at Mar-a-Lago and anywhere else that former President Donald Trump is still venerated, he and his entourage are excited about a publication that has never before drawn his attention. The Columbia Journalism Review has just published a four-part, 24,000-word essay that purports to debunk the Trump-Russia "narrative" — and seeks to blame rising public disdain for the press, among other ills, on The New York Times and Washington Post for their coverage of that scandal.

Its author is Jeff Gerth, a reporter who worked at the Times for three decades. His former colleagues are said to be seething with fury at him. They have ample reason, not out of feelings of personal betrayal, but because Gerth has betrayed basic journalistic standards. Unfortunately, this is not the first time.

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