DML OPINION: Donald Trump is forever complaining about how the media treats him so poorly and yet, he continues to grant interviews to the outlets who slam him. Why?
Last year, when I was exploring a run for office, I gave an interview to a barely-talented writer for a fairly-popular website. At the time, I was friendly with the owner of the website. I had given him a handful of interviews; he had his top editor appear in one of my films; and I gave him the exclusive on never-before-seen photos given to me by a Border Patrol agent from Texas.
When I agreed to do the interview, I didn’t know the writer by name nor had I read any of his previous articles. I didn’t know how untalented he was, nor did I know he supported a candidate I often criticized.
During the interview I listed the facts as to why I was exploring a run for office, and I voiced solutions for fixing the issues we face as a nation. I also expressed concerns about the GOP elite excluding me from speaking events. Shockingly, few of the facts made it to print. Instead, the article was a hit piece that twisted my comments to make me look stupid.
I sent an email to the owner. It read, “I wasn’t looking for an endorsement, but a hit piece?” He responded by saying he was shocked — he would look into the matter! But it was too late, I did not care. It was the last time I ever communicated with him or his website. In my mind they are out of business. I will never mention the website’s name — I will never link to an article — I have cut them off, forever.
I am not even close to being the public figure Donald Trump is today. But even so, being in the public eye opens you up to unfair shots to the head, and so I don’t and won’t communicate with people or outlets who treat me unfairly or unethically. There are too many outlets to chose from, and so my take is they need me more than I need them. That said, I’m finding myself questioning Trump’s recent media strategy.
Case in point: The New York Times.
The liberal rag never writes anything positive about Trump. And it’s not like Trump needs them to reach the masses. In fact, Donald can call upon any news outlet in the world and get the interview he wants within minutes. But for some crazy reason, once again, Donald gave an interview to a writer from the NY Times. And once again he was cut at the knees.
Trump admitted to New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd that “it was a mistake” to re-tweet contrasting pictures of Heidi Cruz and his wife Melania. “If I had to do it again, I wouldn’t have sent it,” he told Dowd. Instead of recognizing a rare Trump admission of wrong-doing, Dowd layered on the hits.
Dowd claims Trump’s tweet led her sister to drop her support of him. “It’s ridiculous how many mistakes Trump has made in rapid order to alienate women when he was already on thin ice with them — and this in a year when the Republicans will likely have to run against a woman,” she said.
Dowd pushed Trump as anti-women by dragging on about his stance on abortion, the alleged assault of a female journalist by campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, and his dislike for Hillary Clinton, Rosie O’Donnell, and Megyn Kelly.
“Give me a break, Rosie?”, Trump told the columnist when she said that Rosie recently compared him to a Harry Potter villain. “I won’t comment on Rosie. I wish her the best,” said Donald. Then Trump played nice, “Tell your sister, I’m making progress.” Trump also said, “I think I’d probably do” an interview with Megyn Kelly.
She then asked the GOP frontrunner, “How he could possibly win with 73 percent of women in this country turned off by him?” Trump downplayed the poll by stating, “It was 68 percent, actually.'”
“Trump doesn’t have a plan to turn it around with women,” the columnist argued, “except to use Ivanka as a character witness and to chant that ‘nobody respects women more than I do.'”
Dowd ended with Trump’s own words on whether he could be more “presidential”:
“There are a lot of people who say, ‘Don’t change.’ I can be as presidential as anybody who ever lived. I can be so presidential if I want.”
“Then start,” she concluded.
My advice to Donald Trump… “If you really want to be president then STOP talking to these people.”
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