A cable news pseudo-discussion: Last night, Don Lemon pretended to tease a discussion. His tease went exactly like this:
LEMON (6/23/20): Next, with coronavirus surging across the country, the president has got a lot to say about his own health. Why he keeps bringing attention to not just his physical health but his mental health.Interesting! Lemon was going to lead a discussion concerning some aspect of our disordered president's mental health!
A commercial break followed. After the commercial break, Lemon opened the segment like this:
LEMON: President Trump is trying to distract from the spread of coronavirus. He is certainly bringing a lot of attention to his own health.To understand what pseudo-discussion looks like, you should peruse what came next.
The president devoted nearly 15 minutes of his Tulsa rally to ranting about his delicate walk down a ramp after his West Point speech. That's after he tweeted about it and brought it up in a Wall Street Journal interview.
The Washington Post has reported that the president is increasingly preoccupied with defending his physical and mental health. So, let's talk about it now.
CNN medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner is the director of Cardiac Catheterization Program at George Washington University Hospital. He joins us now. Sir, thank you.
So, doctor, the Post is reporting on an early June cabinet meeting saying this:
"Trump had taken a cognitive screening test as part of his 2018 physical, and now, more than two years later, he brought up the 10-minute exam. He waxed on about how he dazzled the doctors with his stellar performance, according to two people familiar with his comments. He walked the room of about two dozen White House and reelection officials. Through some of his questions, he said he aced, such as being able to repeat five words in order."
So, we actually have a copy of this test. You say it is very simple and it looks for signs of dementia. Talk to us about that.
"Cable news" is largely pseudo-discussion. You aren't allowed to know how many millions Lemon is paid to do this.