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Jimmy Kimmel Gives Federal Workers a Job During Government Shutdown

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Charles Bowen | 10 January, 2019, 05:52

As the federal government enters the third week of a partial shutdown, President Donald Trump is slated to deliver an address on immigration.

In other words, when it comes to building national engagement, Trump may be The Apprentice but his Democratic foils are the masters.

Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer released a joint statement on Monday evening calling for equal air time.

Opposition response usually draws a reduced viewership, as people gradually tune out during a presidential address, making the higher ratings more striking, even if the numbers were just slightly above the president's speech. Fox News was second with 8.04 million.

Kimmel announced his plan to employ federal workers who were furloughed by the government shutdown on his show Monday night - and took jabs at President Trump for the prolonged impasse over funding for a border wall.

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The evening was a win for Fox News all around, as the network averaged 4.8 million viewers during the primetime hours of 8-11 p.m., while MSNBC averaged 3.4 million and CNN averaged 2.6 million.

"Government statistics show that there is less violent crime by the undocumented immigrant population than by the general population."
MSNBC, HGTV and United States of America rounded out the top five, while CNN averaged only 988,000 primetime viewers to finish eleventh overall.

Over on ABC, Jimmy Kimmel discussed whether it was acceptable for the networks to "give the President a forum to lie to us on television".

However, Kimmel said that Trump has made a "big mistake" in his attempts to achieve this.

Following Tuesday night's coverage, the liberal watchdog organization Media Matters for America said the network fact-checking was ineffective. That sets a precedent that may be tough for them to back away from in future events, he said.

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