Jimmy Kimmel vows to employ federal workers during government shutdown

Jimmy Kimmel vows to employ federal workers during government shutdown

Democrats in response accused Trump appealing to "fear, not facts" and manufacturing a border crisis for political gain.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, more than 40 million people tuned in to watch Trump's speech and the rebuttal from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Among FNC's bright spots, Hannity clocked its best numbers in both metrics since moving back to the 9 PM timeslot: 7.129 million total viewers and 1.645M in the news demo. CNN managed to garner 3.6 million viewers during that half-hour time frame, beating out MSNBC in the key demographic with 1.4 million viewers. Initially, Trump insisted Mexico would pay for the boarder wall.

And while Trump claimed that law enforcement professionals were the ones who requested $5.7 billion for the border wall, Shep clarified that it was actually the president himself who requested the funding and "and he himself who said he would own the shutdown".

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The anchor also informed viewers that the number of illegal border crossings has been going "steadily down over the past 10 years" despite Trump's assertion that they are on the rise and the government reports that "there is more outward traffic than inward traffic".

After Trump said that "innocent people" are being "horribly victimized" by immigrants who commit crimes, Smith quickly added perspective. But CNN and MSNBC used that form of fact-checking after he had finished.

As of Tuesday morning, all the major cable and broadcast networks have confirmed that they will carry the Democratic speech.

For network executives, tradition and news judgment - the simple idea that this is "a presidential address from the Oval Office" - outweighed concerns about the content. "But much of the debate centered around whether or not it is appropriate to give the president a forum to lie to us on television". "It is hard to argue this night was about anything other than pure politics - and the networks interrupted programming to accommodate it".

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