On Friday’s installment of Fox News’ “The Five,” co-hosts Greg Gutfeld and Juan Williams pettifogged over whether the media was inflating the headlines with regard to President Trump’s tweeting about the injustice of Roger Stone’s recommended sentence by prosecutors.
Gutfeld initiated the exchange by offering that the new outrage of the moment was nothing more than a “ketchup and saltine cracker sandwich.”
“This isn’t breaking news to me,” he said. “This is what I call the weeds. We are in the weeds. Think about this. Step back. This is the media’s big story right now after everything from collusion to impeachment, what they have right now is a story about Bill Barr and President Trump and tweeting. That’s their big story.
“This reminds me when I was young and broke,” continued Gutfeld, “and I would come home and open up my refrigerator and there’d be nothing to eat so I made ketchup and saltine cracker sandwiches. This story is a ketchup and saltine cracker sandwich.
“The media is busy trying to make something out of this,” he said. “I don’t care about Roger Stone. I don’t care about any of this stuff! I know that he got screwed and he should have a new trial, but we’re only doing this story because the media wants you to.”
At this point, Gutfeld was feeling it and really lit into the nature of today’s deranged anti-Trump media coverage.
“It’s like when somebody asks you to babysit their kid and it turns out the kid is a monster,” he lamented. “That’s the media. Every day America has to babysit the media because the media throws a new tantrum every single day and we are forced to go over and check on the little baby. ‘Oh, are you okay, CNN? What’s wrong, MSNBC?’ It’s stupid! All you got to do is you got to go, ‘There was a weird juror, right, the sentence was bad. Roger Stone, not a wholesome character, but he needs a new trial.’ That’s it.”
Williams jumped in to give voice to the wet-blanket crowd.
“You are trying to give America sleeping pills,” charged Williams. “‘Oh, it’s the media.’ How about, ‘It’s President Trump defying all the norms that say the Justice Department and our legal system, pillars of our great country, should not be subject to interference from a president who thinks he’s an authoritarian king?”
“What’s the interference again?” Gutfeld prodded.
“I’ll be specific. He wants to protect his friends, he wants to protect Roger Stone, and say that ‘Oh, you know what? You shouldn’t be sentenced that.’ Bill Barr then acts, and then Bill Barr says, ‘Wait, President Trump, even me, even Bill Barr, your buddy says, you know what, you make my job tougher by tweeting.’
“So either Trump blew the cover by admitting that he was trying to influence Barr or Barr is sincerely saying hey, ‘President Trump, you’ve gone over the line. I’ve got four prosecutors quitting and now I’m going to, tell you what, I’m going to let Andrew McCabe skate because in this moment, I can get away with that with you, but I will give you something else on the side–now I’m going to go after the people who prosecuted Michael Flynn, your other friend.’ What kind of government is this? Is this the media?”
“That is so ketchup sandwich,” Gutfeld countered.
“This is ribs!” Williams claimed. “You could be Fred Flintstone with the ribs on the side of your car–there is so much going on and you are saying to our audience, ‘Oh just ignore it!’”
“Because our audience is smart. Our audience has the filter!” said Gutfeld, acknowledging the fact that viewers are capable of cogent thought and reasoning.
Watch the battle here …
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