President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to bash NBC’s “Today” show, calling it “biased” and claiming it has “little credibility.”
No wonder the Today Show on biased @NBC is doing so badly compared to its glorious past. Little credibility!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2017
NBC News declined to comment.
“Today” typically wins the key news demo of adults age 25-54, while rival “Good Morning America” tends to win the total-audience crown. NBC’s “Today” show averaged 4.6 million viewers, with 1.8 million in the demo, to finish first in the demo but second in total viewers during the week of Jan. 2.
“Today” co-host Matt Lauer was criticized during the campaign for going too easy on Trump during a town hall event and longtime Trump nemesis Megyn Kelly recently agreed to join NBC. Trump has a long history with NBC, as he famously starred in “The Apprentice” on the network but has recently made a habit of mocking NBC News and “Saturday Night Live.”
Incoming press secretary Sean Spicer appeared on “Today” on Monday and bashed “SNL” during the interview as “disappointing.”
“It was not funny; it was mean-spirited,” Spicer told NBC’s Tamron Hall. “And it’s gone from being a show you could sit back and get a good laugh out of to being something that’s frankly mean and bad television.”
On Saturday night, “SNL” attacked Trump’s first press conference since winning the election and nothing was off limits — not even golden showers. With Alec Baldwin returning as the president-elect, “SNL” kicked off the faux news conference by solidifying the fact that yes, Trump really will be the country’s president in a few short days.
“I would like to start by answering the question, what’s on everyone’s mind — yes, this is me live,” said Baldwin as Trump. “On January 20th, I, Donald Trump, will become the 45th president of the United States. Two months later Mike Pence will become the 46th.”
Trump called the skit a “complete hit job” on Twitter.
Ironically, Trump told Fox News that he doesn’t like Twitter in an interview that aired this morning on “Fox & Friends.”
“Look, I don’t like tweeting, I have other things I could be doing,” the president-elect said to Ainsley Earhardt. “But I get very dishonest media, very dishonest press.”