NYT TV critic scolds Jimmy Fallon for ‘having fun’ instead of grilling Trump on ‘Tonight Show’

NYT TV critic scolds Jimmy Fallon for ‘having fun’ instead of grilling Trump on ‘Tonight Show’
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Thursday night, late-night comedy host Jimmy Fallon invited GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump onto his program for a fairly uncontroversial interview. Despite the fact that Fallon in particular doesn’t berate his political guests like some late-night hosts do, one writer for the New York Times complained he should have. In a series of tweets Friday morning, television critic for the Times James Poniewozik questioned if it was “moral” for Fallon to invite Trump on his show and “have fun” instead of asking him hard-hitting questions, Because obviously, that’s what viewers tune into comedy shows for, and obviously, he is the only candidate deserving of moral rebuke.

Poniewozik began his series of tweets by admitting there was no time to write on the actual interview between Fallon and Trump, but he would say this: “It cuts to whether there is a distinct, extra-political, moral aspect to this campaign.”

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