Fallon is not apolitical at all. He had Chris Christie on during the unfolding of the Bridgegate scandal, let Christie say whatever he wanted, and didn’t question him about it at all. They even did a stupid dance together.

And then he had the infamous ruffling of Trump’s hair, which I hope clings to him for the rest of his life.

In both of these instances, Fallon had powerful political figures on his show, and he gave them unfiltered access to his audience, letting them deliver whatever message or impression they wanted. 

By giving these two men (and others) this platform and opportunity, on the public airwaves, Fallon took an explicitly political position, and that position was “whatever these guys want you to believe is true, because look at how much fun we’re having! Let’s lip sync now!”

He may never overtly express a political opinion, but Jimmy Fallon is anything but apolitical.

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People are cancelling their ‘New York Times’ subscriptions over a climate change column

  • Newly hired New York Times columnist Bret Stephens’ controversial first column is going over like a lead balloon with the paper’s progressive readers — some of whom are furiously pledging to unsubscribe.
  • In the column, Stephens cautions readers that even though the data pointed to Hillary Clinton winning the election, that’s not what ended up happening. “There’s a lesson here” about climate change, he says.
  • “We live in a world in which data convey authority. But authority has a way of descending to certitude, and certitude begets hubris,” Stephens wrote.
  • “Claiming total certainty about the science traduces the spirit of science and creates openings for doubt whenever a climate claim proves wrong.”
  • Stephens’ skepticism incensed scores of readers, many of whom claimed on Twitter to be in the process of cancelling their subscriptions. Read more (5/1/17)

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