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Congrats Networks! Wall Speech Was $17.7M Of Free Airtime To Trump 2020

The networks' decision to cover Trump's "wall" speech was outed as a plain-as-day fundraising gambit for 2020. How many more times will they be conned by the so-called president?

So Donald Trump used his "Wall Speech" as a fundraising gambit for his 2020 re-election campaign.

The Networks got played.

— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) January 9, 2019

Not only was the speech full of lies, predictably. Before and after the speech the Trump campaign sent out emails asking supporters to contribute to their "border security fund," which, in the fine print, goes straight into the Trump 2020 coffers. NBC News:

The four broadcast networks and three cable news channels provided Trump with an estimated $17.7 million of airtime, according to Apex Marketing Group, a company that tracks the value of airtime for corporations. The company calculated the value of the Democratic response at $9 million. Trump's speech was just over nine minutes long while the rebuttal was over four minutes.

Chuck and Nancy didn't send out re-election fundraising texts before and after their rebuttal, NBC.

As Lawrence O'Donnell called out Trump on his show for this fraud, Trump responded by tweeting hostility towards MSNBC.

Is @realDonaldTrump tweet attack on msnbc during my show tonight because I exposed the fundraising emails he sent out before and after his Oval Office speech last night tricking his supporters into donating for “border security” when fine print said it’s for his campaign?

— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) January 10, 2019

Perhaps the networks will learn their lesson from this? Nah. Trump brings ratings, and they are whores for ratings, no matter how bad it makes them look. Remember 2016?

Trump Gets Three Major Networks to Broadcast Image of Empty Podium for 30 Minutes

— Mediaite (@Mediaite) March 3, 2016

Trump just launched his 2020 re-election campaign with, essentially, the same speech he used at Trump Tower in 2015, when he first ranted about Mexican rapists and murderers.

And the media paid for it. #Suckers

— Thom Hartmann (@Thom_Hartmann) January 9, 2019

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