Thursday, February 22, 2024

Trump Gets 55,000 You Tube Viewers, Fox News Says He Demanded $5 Mil to Be in Debate

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Fox News says Donald Trump demanded $5 million to be in their debate tonight. They declined. Here is their statement:

Roger Ailes had three brief conversations with Donald Trump today about possibly appearing at the debate – there were not multiple calls placed by Ailes to Trump. In the course of those conversations, we acknowledged his concerns about a satirical observation we made in order to quell the attacks on Megyn Kelly, and prevent her from being smeared any further. Furthermore, Trump offered to appear at the debate upon the condition that FOX News contribute $5 million to his charities. We explained that was not possible and we could not engage in a quid pro quo, nor could any money change hands for any reason. In the last 48 hours, we’ve kept two issues at the forefront — we would never compromise our journalistic standards and we would always stand by our journalist, Megyn Kelly. We have accomplished those two goals and we are pleased with the outcome. We’re very proud to have her on stage as a debate moderator alongside Bret Baier & Chris Wallace.

It’s pretty wild because Trump himself has never donated $5 million to anything from his own donation, let alone veterans.

Meanwhile, Trump’s YouTube audience tonight spiked around 55,000 viewers. He would have been cancelled had that been a real show. I did love the Las Vegas guy who came on — Phil Ruffin– with a $1 million pledge to Trump’s foundation. He’s almost 80, his wife is around 35 and a former Miss Ukraine. Very entertaining.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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