According to Fox News, the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) deleted Donald Trump’s five-second scene from their recent broadcast of the 1992 movie Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. It was all anyone could talk about on conservative media yesterday, with one host on the show Fox & Friends calling it “censorship.”
“As is often the case with feature films adapted for television, Home Alone 2 was edited for time,” CBC spokesperson Chuck Thompson told his own news network on Thursday.
“The scene with Donald Trump was one of several that were cut from the movie as none of them were integral to the plot. These edits were done in 2014, when we first acquired the film and before Mr. Trump was elected president.”
The scene is incredibly brief and Trump has just one line, telling Kevin McCallister, played by Macaulay Culkin, that the lobby is “down the hall and to the left.” Oddly enough, Kevin takes a right.
But that didn’t stop craven media outlets like Fox News from reporting on this potential declaration of war from Canada nonstop yesterday. The excised scene didn’t just lead with the news in the morning during Fox & Friends, the network also complained about the deletion during The Five, with host Jesse Watters calling the scene with Trump, “one of the most interesting parts of the movie.”
“It was a liberal edit. If you want to edit for time, take out the crazy pigeon lady in Central Park,” Watters said.
That may be a reasonable suggestion in Trumpland, but of course, the far right host had to go and make it weird, claiming that Canada was “rewriting history.”
The period between Christmas and New Year’s tends to be a pretty slow time for news, so it might make sense that Fox News is spending all day complaining about something so dumb. But there are plenty of other stories that might be worth covering. As just one example, three people have died in U.S. immigration custody in the past week.