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Kurtz: Cable news is not President Trump
‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz weighs in on the argument in the New York Times that Donald Trump won the presidency, because of the over-exposure on the cable news channels.
Ross Douthat, the New York Times columnist, had consistently provocative, a personal reason for the postponement of Donald Trump bravery TV dominate.
Douthat, a conservative, is fiercely anti-Trump, was a CNN post during the 2016 campaign. He writes that “a network like CNN, is thriving on the Red Team vs. Blue Team conflict, felt compelled to turn airtime on trump surrogates, such as Jeffrey Lord, and Corey Lewandowski and Kayleigh McEnany, because their regular stable, conservative commentators (I’m not pro was one of them) simply-Trump enough.”
He has a point—although these only a few were greatly outnumbered, never-Trumpers, but has some misconceptions when it comes to the President, and TV news.
The backdrop for the piece is the scandal of the Cambridge Analytica, the data that just suspended its managing Director (to a large extent on hidden-camera footage shows him and others to talk about the bribery of potential customers with money and hookers.)
Since Cambridge, worked for the trump campaign, the column that says that everything that voter data is not reduced, the company properly, is much less important than Trump the “hacking” on TV.
Douthat argues that Trump created a fake news for years as the host of “The apprentice,” say many Republican viewers “bought the fake news that his TV program and network-sold to sponsors like you.”
No question, the show helped cement his image as a celebrity business man, but come on. The people know what you are getting with this staged reality shows is hardly the harsh truth.
Trump’s real sin, says Douthat, “was to use his celebrity to switch on news channels in infomercials for his campaign … With TV news-it’s been real people, charged with the exercise of news judgment and is inclined, the attitude of civil society actors when it suits them, they make the decision to hand day-to-day seamless coverage to Donald Trump, the rallies, riots, feuds and personal attacks.”
Here he misses the boat. Trump dominates the TV news, because he knows how to make a media-agenda, because he has hundreds and hundreds of interviews.
At a time when it was difficult for any of the shows (including me) a lot of sitdowns with Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and especially Jeb Bush, and if you were careful, when they did appear—Trump have all the channels, even if he knew he was going to beat. He has shows on Sunday, morning shows, night shows and cable shows (including CNN and MSNBC).
And he news, especially by the challenge of the anchors and reporters, either in the moment or later on Twitter. What is more, a lot of his coverage was negative. And he was often at odds with Fox News, then also the discharge of the network’s Iowa debate.
Sure, cable news covered, to many of his rallies, because they were good for ratings. But that was the smaller factor in his non-stop media.
Douthat also makes a pretty bold Declaration:
“The depth and width of the Trump skepticism among right-wing experts was a pretty hard indicator of its unsuitability for high office.”
Sorry, but the consensus of the National Review, the Weekly Standard, Charles Krauthammer, George will, Rich Lowry, Steve Hayes, Ross Douthat ultimately did not matter, because Trump was forging in the location, his connection with the Republican voters and disaffected Democrats. He has not run as a doctrinaire conservative, and that cost him the support of many conservative experts and scrambled the usual left-to-right argument. But at the end makers, there are more on elite and public opinion, as the working-class voters in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.
National Review’s Jim Geraghty, responding to Douthat, takes a much broader view on cable news. He notes that Trump was on “SNL” and the “Tonight” show in “Home Alone 2” and hooked up in Bobby Brown’s music videos:
“Trump enjoyed the pop-culture and big media seal of approval for decades!
“Television in the coverage of Donald Trump from the 1980s until the beginning of 2015, Trump presented as a phenomenal success infinitely knowledgeable and fascinating, insightful, clever, entertaining and funny — a larger-than-life character. Why are so stunned many that Trump managed to turn the image into a path to the presidency?”
Two days before the election, Douthat for the fact that the vote for Trump install “a man who stands outside the norms of American presidential politics, which showed a naked contempt for Republican institutions and constitutional limitations, who intentionally injects malicious conspiracy theories in the political discussion of who is on the tips of the toes closer to the incitement of political violence than any major politician in my life …”has warned
Perhaps that is why the idea that the television served as a Trump for the infomercial service sounds more like a retrospective justification for a victory that virtually all of the experts insisted, would never happen.
Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and host of “MediaBuzz” (Sundays 11 p.m.). He is the author of “media madness: Donald Trump, the press, and The war for the truth.” You can follow him at @Howard Kurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.