Scott Pelley And President Trump

Scott Pelley, who has been as vocal of a Trump critic as there is on television, has been fired as the anchor of CBS Evening News. He was consistently behind his competitors and failed to build a bigger audience:

“Despite reaching somewhere between 7 and 8 million viewers, the 59-year-old newsman has consistently finished in third place in the ratings behind his two main competitors, NBC’s Lester Holt and ABC’s David Muir, which reportedly led to his contract not being renewed. According to the Washington Post, his program lost 9 percent of its overall viewers since last year, and a staggering 14 percent of viewers in the key advertising demographic of ages 25-54.”

Pelley had made a name for himself since Donald Trump entered the political scene. He has failed to take an unbiased view of the president and has caused a stir among Trump supporters who view Pelley as just another liberal mouthpiece:

“As Washington Post columnist Margaret Sullivan pointed out, Pelley has stood out from his competitors by sternly taking on the president and his administration. He labeled White House counselor Kellyanne Conway as ‘a fearless fabulist’ and has constantly called Trump’s messages on social media ‘Twitter tantrums.’”

He also caused problems with quotes like these:

• “The president’s real troubles today were not with the media, but with the facts,” he said on Feb. 24, reporting on a skirmish with the media.

• “Today we learned the length of the president’s fuse — 28 days,” he said, before a story about Trump’s first news conference as president.

• “Some of the problems Mr. Trump promised to solve last night don’t actually exist,” he said on the broadcast after the president’s address to Congress.

• “It has been a busy day for presidential statements divorced from reality. Mr. Trump said this morning that any polls that show disapproval of his immigration ban are fake. He singled out a federal judge for ridicule after the judge suspended his ban, and Mr. Trump said that the ruling now means that anyone can enter the country. The president’s fictitious claims, whether imaginary or fabricated, are now worrying even his backers, particularly after he insisted that millions of people voted illegally, giving Hillary Clinton her popular-vote victory.”

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