Anchorman director Adam McKay has expressed his surprise after an American right-wing pundit chose to discuss the mating habits of pandas instead of addressing a massive story involving US President Donald Trump, unwittingly enacting a scene from the 2004 film in the process.
News broke this morning that the FBI raided the New York City office of US President Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen in relation to the ongoing investigation into Russia‘s 2016 election meddling. The news marked a huge development in the story, and even prompted a defensive response from the President himself.
As other American outlets covered the development, Fox News presenter and avowed Trump supporter Tucker Carlson… didn’t. Instead, he echoed some talking points from a Wall Street Journal article on sex-mad pandas.
TUCKER IS ON IT pic.twitter.com/UIxHXlWHxF— David Mack (@davidmackau) April 10, 2018
The lacking coverage on Carlson’s show was seen as a blatantly partisan exercise given his history of defending the President to the hilt on a number of contentious issues. It was also seen as an unwitting throw-back to Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy, which saw the fictional and hapless KVWN Channel 4 team obsess over the birth of a panda.
Taking to Twitter, McKay called Carlson’s bit “amazing”, and not in a celebratory way.
Amazing. We made this joke in Anchorman about fluff news and he’s actually doing it (to cover for Trump) https://t.co/9cHVDiPLu7— Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) April 10, 2018
In case you need a quick reminder, here’s some footage from both Anchorman flicks demonstrating McKay’s intimate knowledge of the panda fluff piece:
God only knows what McKay, also an Academy Award-winning screenwriter for The Big Short, is cooking up based on the current American administration.