The fallout from yesterday's ill-advised tweets regarding a TV host and his co-host fiancee continue. Duta readers will recall that Trump had choice words for a couple TV hosts who appear to be critical of him.
We will confess that the story has taken many turns since then, and we have been unable to keep up. We will also confess that the story leaves us cold. We have a President stooping to gossip about American citizens. We also have multi-millionaire TV hosts who could let this all go, but keep the feud going, because ... ratings⁉ We're not sure.
However, we have promised to bring you Trump news, this qualifies as Trump news, so we'll do our best to summarise.
After Trump's tweets yesterday, the TV hosts in question, Mika Brezinski and Joe Scarborough, wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post this morning titled, "Donald Trump is not well." Besides rebutting Trump's accusations as well as calling Trump's fitness into question, the article contained this bombshell 💣 "This year, top White House staff members warned that the National Enquirer was planning to publish a negative article about us unless we begged the president to have the story spiked."
The President, never one to let poorly thought out tweets to lie fallow, responded with this, ""Watched low rated [Morning Joe] for first time in long time. FAKE NEWS. He called me to stop a National Enquirer article. I said no! Bad show."
To this, Scarborough, one of the TV hosts replied, "Yet another lie. I have texts from your top aides and phone records. Also, those records show I haven't spoken with you in many months. ... Why do you keep lying about things that are so easily disproven? What is wrong with you?"
Later in the day, New York magazine reported that, earlier this year Scarborough and Brzezinski found out that the National Enquirer (a tabloid that has been friendly to Trump) __ was preparing a story about their affair. Scarborough texted with Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner about the story. Kushner apparently told Scarborough that he would need to personally apologize to Trump in exchange for getting the story killed.
CNN also reported that Scarborough kept his bosses at the TV channel in the loop on these discussions, and that they are ready to corroborate his version of the story.
This is where things stand (as of now). The President might get a hold of his phone any moment and tweet more! The TV show hosts have a show where they will say more. The media world, never one to let a media scandal lie, will report more!
But a little perspective: the President is a self-reported billionaire. These TV hosts are multi-millionaires. None of their lives will change as a result of this little tempest. In the meantime, the USA and the rest of the world will still have to deal with a tempestuous leader who seems to have little interest in policy. That' the real scandal.