The so so quotable Donald Trump, on media
As a mogul, he courted the media and used it to craft his image
October 18, 2016
We live in a media-obsessed culture, no doubt about it, and it’s only appropriate that this culture has given us Donald Trump, the persona, if not the man.
During decades in the public eye, he used the media to carefully craft his persona.
He’s appeared on reality TV shows. He called up gossip columnists to drop his own scoops. He turned wedding anniversaries into magazine photo ops and led crusades against the president via Twitter.
So it’s hard not to listen to his recent tirades against the mainstream media without some puzzlement.
The guy who’s insisting “Saturday Night Live” should get off the air has, in fact, hosted the program twice.
The man who calls The New York Times “failing” has sat for dozens of interviews with the paper and one gathers courted the favor of its reporters.
The candidate who now regularly trashes the media, accusing it of attempting to rig the election, is himself reportedly in talks to get into the media business.
So what are Trump’s real thoughts on the media?
Here are a few of his most colorful quotes, illustrating a both symbiotic and pained relationship with media, both traditional and social.
Donald Trump’s most interesting media quotes and tweets
“The election is being rigged by corrupt media.”
“You know, it really doesn’t matter what the media write as long as you’ve got a young, and beautiful, piece of ass.”
“My Twitter has become so powerful that I can actually make my enemies tell the truth.”
“If the disgusting and corrupt media covered me honestly and didn’t put false meaning into the words I say, I would be beating Hillary by 20 percent.”
“It is not ‘freedom of the press’ when newspapers and others are allowed to say and write whatever they want even if it is completely false!”
“I don’t want to impede free press, by the way. That’s the last thing I would want to do is that.”
“I’m going to open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money. We’re going to open up those libel laws. So when The New York Times writes a hit piece which is a total disgrace or when The Washington Post, which is there for other reasons, writes a hit piece, we can sue them and win money instead of having no chance of winning because they’re totally protected.”
“I am always on the front page of the failing @nytimes, but when I won the GOP nomination, I’m in the back of the paper. Very dishonest!”
“Don’t believe the biased and phony media quoting people who work for my campaign. The only quote that matters is a quote from me!”
“One thing about television, it brings out personality. People are able to watch me in action. They hear my voice and see my eyes. There’s nothing I can hide. That’s me. Television brings out your flaws, your weaknesses, your strengths, and you truths. The audience either likes you or it doesn’t.”
“[The press] used to think that I was really this horrible, flame-throwing, terrible tyrant. Right? Now I go on a television show, where basically what I do is I fire people, and everyone thinks I’m such a nice guy. Which tells you what a bad image I had.”
“I believe [the media] like making me out to be something more sinister than I really am.” (said in 1985)
“There have been many bad things said about me over the years, and in some cases they’ve been true. It doesn’t bother me. If I have a fault and somebody exposes that fault or talks about that fault, you won’t hear me complain.”
“I love Oprah. Oprah would always be my first choice [for vice president].” (said in 1995)
“Hillary is smart, tough and a very nice person, and so is her husband. Bill Clinton was a great President. They are fine people. Hillary was roughed up by the media, and it was a tough campaign for her, but she’s a great trooper. Her history is far from being over.” (said in 2008)
“Did you know my name is in more black songs than any other name in hip-hop? Black entertainers love Donald Trump. Russell Simmons told me that.”
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