Speed Reads

Late Night Tackles President Trump

Jimmy Kimmel Live brutally illustrates how Trump's 'lies' become 'facts,' drawing from Schoolhouse Rock!

"We are now living in a world of 'alternative facts'" where "the president makes statements almost every day that aren't necessarily based in truth," Jimmy Kimmel said on Tuesday's Kimmel Live. That's "frustrating to some people and confusing to others, especially young people," he added. "You know, we're raised to believe that the president tells the truth, but that isn't necessarily the case anymore. And so, to bring children up to date on the new American way, we took a cue from Schoolhouse Rock! — you remember Schoolhouse Rock? — and hopefully this will explain how it all works now."

If you do remember Schoolhouse Rock!, the experiment in animated civics education, this is a kind of painful thing to watch. But the Trump presidency has been its own sort of crash course in American government, and like the original, there's something to be learned from the parody. Peter Weber