Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.” If Donald Trump's recent Washington Post war is any indication, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee does not believe in such distinctions. But it's all good, because anything we no longer get from The Washington Post we may well get from a new source of entirely impartial, unbiased, and all-around good journalism. It seems Trump is considering the natural conclusion of his toddler-like penchant for blaming his own actions on the “totally biased” and “horrible” media: his very own Trump News Network. Trump's campaign has denied such a prospect.
On Thursday, Vanity Fair reported that Trump is “indeed considering creating his own media business,” which could include something described as a “mini-media conglomerate,” according to a source close to the project, to help bring out the voice of the silent masses, who had no outlet into the mainstream before Trump. Or something. Trump's campaign spokesperson, Hope Hicks, said, “There is absolutely no truth to this whatsoever,” adding, "This hasn’t been even uttered. Not even thought about.” She then clarified to Vanity Fair, "While it’s true Mr. Trump garners exceptionally high ratings, there are absolutely no plans or discussions taking place regarding a venture of this nature.”
There would be a certain irony if a Trump news network of sorts did in fact come about. Trump’s whingeing about the media is so incessant and well-documented that it no longer requires much context or introduction. You hear him complaining about it constantly — on all the various outlets which constantly cover him. So unfair. If Trump News Network becomes a reality, it might be interesting to see how Trump claims it to be “fair” and “good” and “honest” and “unbiased” and all the other very good words that he stores in his very good brain.
Plus, I would rather see him occupied with this venture than one based in the White House.
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