Jimmy Kimmel, late-night talk-show host, said United Airlines — which is suffering a public relations ding, to put it mildly, from its physical dragging of a doctor off an overbooked flight — ought instead target President Donald Trump.
Talk about a sneak political attack wrapped in comedy routine.
It’s this half-joking snark that only fuels the media bias fires.
Kimmel first said this, about United: “That video of the doctor being dragged off the plane and then the airline’s response to it has turned into an absolute nightmare from a P.R. standpoint. Even Pepsi was like, ‘I wouldn’t want to be you guys this week.'”
And then this: “Not only are they taking a publicity hit, they took an economic hit, too. United stock went way down … The company lost $225 million in market value in one day — which means they could have given each of those four passengers they kicked off the plane their own jet planes. They could have given each a 737 and still come out ahead of the deal.”
And now comes the Trump hit.
As the New York Times reported, Kimmel then said:
“Donald Trump is on pace to spend more on travel in his first year as president than President Obama spent all eight years in office combined. The president’s trips to Florida every weekend have already cost more than $20 million of taxpayer money. See, this is the guy we need United to drag off the plane.”
Or sneak attack?