Sunday, July 10, 2016
Donald Trump can't handle the media anymore
Donald Trump has slashed his regular cable television appearances and is largely restricting himself to "friendlier terrain" on Fox News, according to Howard Kurtz, the channel's media analyst and host of "Mediabuzz."
According to Kurtz's report, Trump staff are not notifying him of every interview request. It's part of an effort to tamp down on the "risk of the candidate making mistakes or fanning minor controversies."
"Several weeks ago, high-level staffers concluded at a meeting that the boss should be limited to no more than three interviews a week, print reporters included. He wound up meeting that quota in just half a day. But aides now vet whether certain reporters can ride on his plane, which used to be a snap decision by Trump," Kurtz reports.
Trump's last interview with CNN was June 13. A little more than a week later the network hired his now-former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski as a regular contributor.
The presumptive Republican nominee's last interview with MSNBC was in May with Morning Joe, a show whose host's Trump has had a love-hate relationship with, recently bashing them on Twitter. He sat down with NBC "Nightly News" anchor Lester Holt on June 23, and with ABC and CBS News on June 21st and 22nd, respectively.
That's not to say Trump isn't talking to the press. He's held press conferences and has sat down for interviews with other outlets. But the infamous phone-in TV interviews and round robin Sunday show appearances have waned.
Despite his previous skirmishes with Fox -- skipping one of their primary debates, and blasting anchor Megan Kelly -- the channel now appears to be the candidate's preferred TV destination. As Kurtz reports:
"Since June 1, Trump has appeared 18 times on Fox News Channel and twice on Fox Business Network, undoubtedly viewing them as friendlier terrain. These include multiple interviews with Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and “Fox & Friends."
Representatives for MSNBC, CNN and the Trump campaign did not immediately return requests for comment.
Hey Donald it's not the media's fault you are anti-semitic, racist, and an all around pig. Everytime you open your mouth you dig your hole deeper, like with the star of David trying to blame it on Frozen. Imagine if he was president. His press conferences would be restricted to Newsmax, Newsbusters, FOX News, and Breitbart.