Monday, May 20, 2024

Lesley Stahl “60 Minutes” Interview with Donald Trump Number 1 Sunday Night, 11 Million Viewers


Lesley Stahl’s “60 Minutes” interview with Donald Trump put the newsmagazine at number 1 for the night.

The only thing 60 Minutes” didn’t beat was football. The total was 11 million viewers.

Stahl’s piece crushed ABC’s “20/20” interview Friday night– and not just in ratings. Stahl’s interview was a superior piece of TV journalism. She covered as much as she could, she stood her ground, and she didn’t let Trump get away with anything.

We learned more of the same, basically– that he’s rude, dismissive, arrogant. His line, “I’m the president, you’re not,” was priceless. So was his assertion that he doesn’t really care about Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, because “we won”– that’s Trump in a nutshell.

Trump allowed the interview to try and appeal to the non Fox crowd– people with a pulse, brain wave, educated– that he’s reasonable so the Republicans would prevail on November 6th. I don’t think that it worked. But we’ll see on election day.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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