Donald Trump and the Media

Bula students. I was hoping to be able to write for you guys a very comprehensive summary of the crazy 2016 race for the White House. A reality TV star and walking inferiority complex Donald Trump has emerged as the likely Republican candidate (to the horror of the party establishment, and the charisma-less 74 y.o. secular Jewish socialist Bernie Sanders has interrupted the coronation of Hilary Clinton on the Democrat side.

However I am tied this week because I have been commissioned to write and article on what Bernie Sanders should do with his volunteer database once Hillary secures the nomination. I hope you will all forgive me for not posting original content but I will be back next week.

In the meantime I have posted an article from the Daily Beast which looks at how Donald Trump has successfully played the media. I am quoted heavily in the article and even say the “F” word (so out of character I know). TO be clear I am paraphrasing Trump. Also funnily enough I gave this quote to Llyod Grove the day before TC  Winston hit. Seriously nothing felt more Apocalyptic than talking about Trump’s success with a Category 5 storm heading my way.

See the link below:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/02/22/why-the-media-dances-to-trump-s-tune.html

Journalist-turned-academic Olivier Jutel, who has been monitoring the progress of modern American populism from the University of the South Pacific in Fiji, said Trump’s electoral success is an unintended consequence of the Republican establishment’s efforts to exploit the Tea Party movement for its own political and business purposes.

“Trump is surely the id of this Republican-far-right coalition,” Jutel emailed The Daily Beast. “He has untethered this force from Fox News and the Koch brothers who attempted to instrumentalize Tea Party foot soldiers for various reasons…

“The right-wing populists are a Frankenstein unleashed by Karl Rove and no longer under the party’s control…[Trump’s populist supporters] may well be driven by base passions, but they are not stupid. The far-right know very well that the Koch [brothers], Fox [News], Sheldon Adelson et al are using them, and they are enjoying destroying the institutions of the Republican Party. Righteous vengeance is a powerful force.”

Jutel added: “Trump is an agent of enjoyment…Through him, the far-right can enjoy the denigration of women, unvarnished xenophobia and telling China to go fuck itself. He is the crass billionaire they all wish they could be.” (The management of Fox News, no doubt, would take strong issue with Jutel’s including their “fair and balanced” cable network in this disreputable menagerie.)

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