Jonathan Swan of The New York Times shared one anecdote during the newspaper’s live updates of the town hall on Wednesday night. “Advisers to Trump are thrilled at how this is going so far for him,” Swan wrote. The reporter added, “They can’t believe he is getting an hour on CNN with an audience that cheers his every line and laughs at his every joke.” Shelby Talcott with Semafor reported she had received a text from a Trump adviser who called the event a “home run.”
Trump just pulls out receipts to disprove Kaitlin Collins’ claims on the CNN town hall… and the crowd cheers!This is NOT going the way CNN wanted it to. pic.twitter.com/7byCeFkCHr — Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) May 11, 2023
Trump’s appearance on CNN helped the network win the evening against its competitors at Fox News and MSNBC for the first time in years. While Trump’s team was pleased, some CNN employees were said to have been peeved by how the event played out.
“home run,” a Trump advisor texts me after tonight’s CNN town hall.— Shelby Talcott (@ShelbyTalcott) May 11, 2023
Immediate reaction from a CNN on-air personality to me just now on this Trump town hall: “It is so bad. I was cautiously optimistic despite the criticism. It is awful. It’s a Trump infomercial. We’re going to get crushed.”— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) May 11, 2023
Collins was also attacked by her peers in the left-wing media and simultaneously skewered by conservatives for her treatment of the former president.
CNN journalist texts: “That was sickening”“Shame on us” — Aidan McLaughlin (@aidnmclaughlin) May 11, 2023
Former ESPN and MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann, who has a long history of losing high-profile jobs, commented the network had allowed Trump to end Collins’ career.
“ … to arm voters with crucial information about his positions as he enters the 2024 election as the Republican frontrunner. That is CNN’s role and responsibility: to get answers and hold the powerful to account.”— Dominick Mastrangelo (@DomMastrangelo1) May 11, 2023
“She should sue her agent and Licht for ending her career tonight,” he wrote. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
She should sue her agent and Licht for ending her career tonight https://t.co/D4A35lB969— Keith Olbermann↙️ (@KeithOlbermann) May 11, 2023