Newsmax' Gets Dunked On Hard During Interview About Elon Musk on 'SNL'
In what may easily go down in cable TV history as one of the most off-the-rails news interviews of all time, a Funny or Die, producer – nay, hero – has taken it upon himself to be the bearer of pure, live-broadcasted catharsis, roasting the hell out of the hyper-conservative operation Newsmax live from their own airwaves.
On Monday morning's installment of the network's Wake Up America program – a show that sounds like it was named by your friend's 27-year-old, unemployed, older brother after ripping a bong and binging Ancient Aliens for seven hours straight -- former Obama speechwriter David Litt appeared as the show's left-wing talking head du jour to dissect the nuances of the day's most important story: Elon Musk's Saturday Night Live stint.
“What did you think of Elon Musk’s performance?" host Rob Finnerty asked after giving us all a lesson in journalistic due diligence, ranting about how he dislikes SNL and did not watch the episode – only “the clips” -- before analyzing it on his live TV program. "This is the first time since 2015 that we’ve had a non-athlete, non-entertainer on the show. The last person to do that and do well with great ratings, our former president Donald Trump.”
“Well Rob, it’s a great question," Litt retorted to Finnerty's loaded question. "What happened on SNL this weekend is that people made stuff up and then said it on television like it is true. And that happens pretty frequently in American TV. For example, in 2020, Dominion Voting Systems sued Newsmax over its false claims about election fraud. Newsmax was lying to its own viewers and Newsmax had to settle that lawsuit. Actually, I just had to check-in. Are you still telling that lie or are you telling new lies?”
As implied from Litt's gloriously cathartic rant, a fitting response to any question posed on a network best described as a social experiment depicting what would happen if your racist uncle got to have his own TV channel, Newsmax was sued for defamation by Dominion Voting Systems executive Eric Coomer surrounding baseless claims regarding the sanctity of the 2020 presidential election. Allegedly broadcasting an unfounded allegation that Coomer partook in an "Antifa conference call" to help rig the election during a segment last December, Newsmax ultimately settled the case, issuing an apology regarding the phony coverage, according to Business Insider.
“Newsmax has found no evidence that Dr. Coomer interfered with Dominion voting machines or voting software in any way, nor that Dr. Coomer ever claimed to have done so,” the company wrote in a statement last April. “Nor has Newsmax found any evidence that Dr. Coomer ever participated in any conversation with members of ‘Antifa,’ nor that he was directly involved with any partisan political organization,” the statement continued. “On behalf of Newsmax, we would like to apologize for any harm that our reporting of the allegations against Dr. Coomer may have caused to Dr. Coomer and his family.”
Aside from finding virality on Twitter, the clip garnering more than 1.1 million views after existing on the site for just a few hours, Litt's approach should serve as a lesson for all members of the press about the rules of engagement with media outlets that have so disregarded the principle of truth to fulfill their own agenda – Call ‘em the hell out -- even if it means overlooking Grimes’s Oscar-worthy SNL performance as Princess Peach.