- The Washington Times - Monday, May 8, 2017

Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel used his show Monday night to lambaste The Washington Times and a column calling him an “elitist creep” over last week’s monolog using his sick newborn son to denounce Republicans on health care.

The column by opinion editor Charles Hurt had the headline “Shut up, Jimmy Kimmel, you elitist creep” and Mr. Kimmel said over a screengrab of the page that it appeared “in something called the Washington Times, not sure it’s a real newspaper.”

Mr. Kimmel then repeatedly referred to himself ironically as an elitist creep.

“I can’t even count the number of times I’ve been called an ‘out of touch Hollywood elitist, creep’ this week,” he added. “Which – I have to say – I kind of appreciate because, when I was a kid, we had to drink powdered milk because we couldn’t afford the liquid variety. Our orange juice came frozen out of a can, it would squeeze out.”

He continued to describe a childhood of want.

“My father – on the rare occasion we took a family trip – would hide our dog in the car and then smuggle it into the motel room to avoid paying a two-dollar pet fee. So after that, my dream was to become an ‘out of touch Hollywood elitist.’ And I guess it came true,” he said.

He noted that the Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill passed the House, after he had given his teary monologue on last Monday’s show, and then used this week’s Monday monolog to say Republicans want nobody to have health care.

“Here’s what makes me angry,” he said. “These people who are telling you how much better your health care is going to be? These are the same people who, eight years ago, wanted you to have no health care. They had to be dragged into this – they did everything they could to stop it – and now they’re saying, we’ve got a plan and it’s going to be great!”

The great majority of Americans had health insurance and health care before Obamacare.

Mr. Kimmel did not mention President Obama’s repeated and emphatic promise that “if you like your doctor (and/or health insurance), you can keep it” which was noted by usually left-leaning fact-check site Politifact as the 2013 “lie of the year.”

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