In an effort to further press the failing New York Times and drive home his point that the “grey lady” of journalism is not what she used to be, President Trump has invited the Monty Python gang to move to New York and establish a parodic counterweight to the Times. Mr. Cleese is reported to be unseriously considering the offer.
“I see his point,” Cleese admitted to reporters. “The Times writes fiction and tries to pass it off as truth; Mr. Trump wants someone to write truth and pass it off as fiction. It’s really a brilliant idea. I am surprised that I hadn’t thought of it,” Cleese said jokingly.
According to anonymous White House sources, rumored to be the still-unidentified CIA whistleblower, Eric Ciaramella, Mr. Trump suggested the name for the new anti-Times journal should be the Old York Limes, a proposal that earned Mr. Trump nearly universal scorn. Mr. Trump reportedly told Mr. Cleese that the journal should be full of “pratfalls, nearly-naked women, and scandal, the kinds of stories that people actually want to know about, and not about the boring impeachment or the Russia hoax.”
Trump defenders immediately challenged the leaked conversations as utter fabrications. They said that Mr. Trump’s limited vocabulary absolutely excludes sissy words like ‘pratfall,’ which is, in fact, the kind of word a progressive would use.
Mr. Cleese, asked about this further controversy, said, “Mum’s the word.” And then promptly donned a house dress and kerchief.