Jesse Watters, who gained notoriety for his confrontational interview style during his long stint on the O’Reilly Factor on Fox News, managed to turn that talent into his own new weekend show on the same channel called Watters World.
This weekend he set his sights on a man who found himself at the center of a major media firestorm just before Christmas when video went viral showing a man screaming at soon-to-be First-Daughter Ivanka Trump who was on board a JetBlue aircraft at JFK with her children. The man seen shouting in the video was soon identified as Brooklyn lawyer Dan Goldstein.
Subsequent reporting turned up evidence that Goldstein may have planned the confrontation at least an hour in advance after a (subsequently deleted) tweet by Goldstein’s husband, Hunter College professor Matthew Lasner, said, “Ivanka and Jared at JFK T5, flying commercial. My husband chasing them down to harass them. #banality of evil.”
Alex Griswold, from our sister website Mediaite, noted, “‘Banality of evil’ is a term coined by journalist Hannah Arendt to refer to the cold, uncaring nature that allowed Nazi official Adolf Eichmann to oversee the Holocaust.”
Once it was reported that Lasner was a professor, a large number of students at Hunter College students drafted a petition calling for his removal as an urban studies and planning professor at the NYC public college.
The petition has now reached over 60,000 signatures and his faculty bio page at Hunter has been removed.
As you could see in the video with Watters, Lasner did not have much to say about the incident and did everything he could to just get away from the camera.
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