With five weeks of pent-up rage, Samantha Bee returned to the air Monday night with her “Full Frontal” attack on journalists for failing to fact-check and challenge Donald Trump.
“The truth is Matt Lauer did a fantastic job at the meaningless campaign coverage we’ve come to demand from our media,” she said. “At some point, networks decided that they can ask questions and the answers would just be someone else’s problem.”
As Business Insider noted, “Trump said that he would’ve seized oil during the Iraq War. A panel of reporters and pundits wondered aloud if that would’ve been a war crime under the Geneva Conventions. One then suggested that viewers look up the definition of war crimes themselves.”
“You heard her, average Americans,” Bee said. “In your plentiful spare time, when you’re not working your two jobs or not watching your screaming kids, why not spend 20 or 30 hours studying the Geneva Conventions, so you know whether or not it’s OK to steal another country’s oil. That’s so much easier than asking reporters and moderators to do their f—ing jobs.”
Bee was the buzz of social media.
So, @iamsambee just dropped Matt Lauer’s gnawed-clean ribcage on the ground. Utter, hilarious evisceration. I almost feel bad for him.
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) September 13, 2016
COVER STORY: @iamsambee’s @FullFrontalSamB Breaks Late Night’s Rules and Shakes the Format https://t.co/D06BeFSJ28 pic.twitter.com/bdjjHYptU5
— Variety (@Variety) September 13, 2016
Samantha Bee has a revolutionary idea: Reporters and moderators should do their jobs: https://t.co/CTpVEG8L7k pic.twitter.com/ditZlabVPI
— New York Magazine (@NYMag) September 13, 2016