A Writer For The Tonight Show Just Unloaded On Trump For His Late Night TV Complaints

Our notoriously thin-skinned president is at it again. Rather than paying attention to the important issues facing the country, he’s spending his time sending tweets whining about the unfair treatment he thinks he’s getting from late night TV hosts.

Now Mike DiCenzo, a writer and producer for NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon”,  has responded to the president’s attack with a lesson that you would think that the ratings-obsessed former game show host would already know.

Every president has been the fodder for jokes by comedians both on late night TV and in prime time shows alike. No other president has ever been petty enough to be bothered about something that simply comes with the territory. Even President Nixon, who famously kept an “enemies list”, included only serious media journalists like Daniel Schorr on his list, not comedians (although he did see fit to include actor Paul Newman on the list.)

Trump’s call for “equal time” refers to a Federal Communications Commission rule that applies to broadcast channels using public airwaves only, not cable, satellite or internet delivered media. it states that these channels must provide an equivalent opportunity to any opposing political candidates who request it. The equal-time rule was created because the FCC was concerned that broadcast stations could easily manipulate the outcome of elections by presenting just one point of view and excluding other candidates. SInce Trump is not in an election campaign, the rule simply does not apply.

The equal-time rule should not be confused with the Fairness Doctrine, which dealt with presenting balanced points of view on matters of public importance and was repealed under the Reagan administration. Neither rule was considered to apply to political comedy which has always been seen as a matter of free speech.

Luckily, the people behind the golden era of political satire that Trump has inspired are smart enough to know this and can call out the president on his misplaced priorities. Perhaps if Trump would spend more time reading policy briefings and less time watching TV and tweeting, he would be providing less material for late night comedians to lambast him with.


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Vinnie Longobardo

Vinnie Longobardo is a writer, producer, and international media executive formerly with MTV/Viacom, G4/Comcast, and Warner Bros., among others. He is a winner of the International Documentary Association Award for "Artists United Against Apartheid: The Making Of Sun City". Growing up in the Bronx, he was a high school classmate of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. He attended Cornell University, SUNY Binghamton, and NY Institute of Technology.

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