Trump Campaign Demands Correction from Jimmy Kimmel for Using 'Long-Disproven Lie' for 'Cheap Laugh'


A comic should know, timing is everything.

But then, Jimmy Kimmel’s not much of a comic.

The Trump campaign is demanding a correction from the late-night comic after the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” host took to the airwaves on Monday with a line about the president and the raid that killed terrorist leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

In the set-up to a joke jabbing at Trump’s Twitter habits, Kimmel repeated a lie that had been spread over the weekend by the White House photographer for former President Barack Obama.

And to make matters worse, the lie had already been debunked long before Kimmel ever took the stage.

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Kimmel started the joke with a faulty timeline of the al-Baghdadi operation.

“They got him during a raid in Syria,” Kimmel said Monday.

“Now, President Trump was reportedly golfing when they went in. The raid started at 3:30 p.m. According to his schedule, Trump was playing golf at his course in northern Virginia Saturday until a little after 3. Didn’t make it back to the White House until 4:18.”

As The Daily Caller News Foundation reported, Kimmel apparently got that information from a Twitter post Sunday by Obama White House photographer Peter Souza, who strongly implied that a photo of Trump in the White House Situation Room during the raid had been staged for publicity’s sake.

Souza’s deceptive post was retweeted more than 21,000 times.

But as The DCNF also pointed, Souza had published a follow-up Twitter post on Sunday — more than 24 hours before Kimmel went on stage — clarifying what was actually being reported.

That didn’t stop Kimmel from going on television to spread a flat-out lie about the president to his millions of viewers.

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And Trump’s campaign on Tuesday fired back.

“Trying for a cheap laugh, @JimmyKimmelLive last night repeated the long-disproven lie that the President was golfing during the al-Baghdadi raid – a Twitter lie pushed by Obama photographer @PeteSouza,” Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh wrote.

WARNING: One of the following tweets contains profane language that some viewers may find offensive. Viewer discretion is advised. 

Kimmel has never been all that funny to begin with, but his overtly politicized show — whether pushing Obamacare, pathetically “mourning” the death of a lion in Zimbabwe or attacking the presidency of Donald Trump — has made him a reviled figure among American conservatives. (Conservative commentator Candace Owens once even accused him of “single-handedly” ruining late-night TV.)

And that showed in the responses to Murtaugh’s tweet.

That last one nails it.

Does Jimmy Kimmel owe Donald Trump an apology?

Late-night comics have never been accused of conservative tendencies, but their leftist politics have been on full display during the Trump presidency.

Kimmel is one of the worst, and in a crowd that includes lefty lapdogs like Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers, that’s saying something.

But this isn’t just a question of politics, or being a fan of Trump; it’s a basic question of fact — where the president was during the raid that killed one of the United States’ worst enemies on the world stage.

The record shows Trump was in the White House at the time. And even a lousy comic should know that timing is everything.

Truth should matter even more.

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Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro desk editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015.
Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015. Largely a product of Catholic schools, who discovered Ayn Rand in college, Joe is a lifelong newspaperman who learned enough about the trade to be skeptical of every word ever written. He was also lucky enough to have a job that didn't need a printing press to do it.