If you happened to have watched both yesterday’s Not The White House Correspondents’ Dinner on TBS and this morning’s State of the Union on CNN, you would have experienced what felt like déjà vu but was indeed Jake Tapper interviewing host Samantha Bee twice in two days.
Saturday’s interview was a sketch, in which a check-in with Bee during her show goes farcical as Tapper’s dogged interview style and CNN fact-check chyrons are played up.
At one point, Tapper even challenged the very idea that the show could be called a dinner. “You say dinner, but isn’t it true that all you served were fancy finger foods? Where I come from, petit fours does not a meal make. Something is dinner, or something is not dinner,” he said. “Am I wrong?”
The chyron read “Bee: Hors D’Oeuvres = Dinner (They Don’t)”
“Ok, well why are you being so mean to me?” asked Bee.
“I’m not being mean, I’m a journalist, Sam. It’s my job to hold powerful people accountable,” Tapper replied.
“Oh my god, are you calling me powerful?” asked Bee.
“No,” replied Tapper.
In the second interview, on Tapper’s State of the Union Sunday show, Tapper discussed an article New York Times columnist Ross Douthat wrote about Bee titled Clinton’s Samantha Bee Problem, described in dense terms as the “rapid colonization of new cultural territory by an ascendant social liberalism.” As an aside, Douthat’s most recent op-ed seriously considers the idea: Is There a Case for Le Pen?
Bee’s response to that depiction of her: “I’ll wait for all that evidence to roll in and then I’ll make up my mind after that.”
Tapper also asked her about a comment director Michael Moore had made suggesting a celebrity should run on the Democratic ticket. “Why don’t we run you? You’re beloved,” replied Bee, tongue in cheek.
“I’m not beloved, nor am I a celebrity,” replied Tapper.
“Beloved by me,” responded Bee.
“What about you…oh you’re not American,” Tapper said.
“I am American, Jake, how dare you say that,” said Bee, who is a naturalized citizen.