Donald Trump and the media: a reality TV series

Donald Trump and the media: a reality TV series

Donald Trump is pouting over media coverage of his campaign.

A new reality television series is emerging centered on a familiar star of the genre, Donald Trump. Trump was in Oklahoma City at the Great State Fair on Friday night whining about news coverage, which he thinks is underestimating his legitimacy.

For the last few days, Trump has used his Twitter-cannon firing off accusations of poor or misrepresented footage across the spectrum of media outlets from National Review to the New York Times. He’s even boycotted Fox News and filed a complaint with federal regulators against one of the channel’s commentators.

Trump has been pouting over why reporters have focused on the slide in his poll numbers rather than showcasing his dominance over  “every poll nationwide … and every state.” Other related twitches include shots of empty chairs at a South Carolina business convention on Wednesday before a subsequently packed house town hall meeting that evening and criticism of his demure responses to specific foreign policy inquiries.

Back at the Oklahoma Great State Fair, attendees heard his droning talking points of job loss and business with China. He even slighted the Republican machine and its cache of hopefuls and Republican rival Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) as having a weak campaign. He even made a desperate attempt to belittle John Kerry’s motorcycle accident with camera teasing language: “I promise you, as president, I will never be in a bicycle race.” And of course, the impenetrable southern wall he wants to erect, “the kind that if they ever do get to the top, you don’t get down.”

Trump then accused the media’s “moron pundits,” and said CNN received millions of extra viewers and a windfall of advertising revenue because of him.

But Trump defends his coy responses by revealing, “I don’t want them to know what I’m thinking, does that make sense?” Trump said. “I want people to be guessing… I don’t want people to figure it out. I don’t want people to know what my plan is, I have plans. I have plans.”

Trump capped his 50-minute show with promises of real victory. Anyone can guess how much of the show was scripted.

Source: Washington Post

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