If Donald Trump doesn’t like bad publicity, maybe he should keep his mouth shut
So real estate magnate and professional publicity hound Donald Trump called into Fox News’ morning show, “Fox & Friends,” last week to discuss the infamous audiotape of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling making racial remarks and asking his girlfriend/assistant/whatever she was not to bring blacks to Clippers games. Trump made his usual outrageous comments because, well, he’s Donald Trump. And now he is blasting the media for reporting what he said.
The Donald seems to love to call into conservative radio and TV shows, because he knows he’ll always get some airtime. The three Fox talking heads didn’t disappoint — they let him ramble on for more than five minutes. Trump did criticize Sterling’s remarks, but he also said that Sterling had been “set up” by the “girlfriend from hell.”
Of course, reporters couldn’t resist such a quote, so it got reported widely. And why not? By that point, everyone was criticizing Donald Sterling’s comments. No one was defending him, and Trump didn’t say anything else that was new. And news media reporting on Trump’s quotes didn’t say that Trump was defending Sterling, either — they just repeated a juicy quote. Indeed, they also repeated his slams against Sterling. But I guess that wasn’t good enough for The Donald.
“I knocked the hell out of Donald Sterling for five minutes, said what a bad guy, said, you know, horrible things he said,” Trump said on the cable news show on May 5. “And then I said just in passing and by the way, the ‘girlfriend from hell,’ and everybody laughed. Which is obviously true — I mean this girlfriend is taping him, and with very bad intentions obviously. She’s bad news.”
Trump lamented that “thousands of articles” repeated the “girlfriend from hell” line while ignoring the fact that he condemned Sterling’s comments. (Thousands? I think you’re overestimating your impact here, Mr. Trump.)
“Reporters are really dishonest, especially political reporters,” Trump said. “I’ve never seen anything like this.”
Oh, REPORTERS are dishonest? This from the man who supposedly sent private investigators to Hawaii to dig up “the truth” about President Obama’s birth certificate? He promised bombshell disclosures that never were released. (Wonder why?) This from the guy who complained that the 2012 election results were a “travesty and a sham,” and shouldn’t be believed? That Obama “lost the popular vote by a lot,” and that we should “have a revolution,” even though Obama won the popular vote by nearly 5 million? This from the fellow who tweeted “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive”? This from the man who said a “confidential source” had called him and said Obama had added $6 trillion to U.S. debt, despite the fact that the actual U.S. deficit has been DROPPING since Obama became president, after the initial expenditure for the stimulus package? This from the one who tweeted the lie about Chrysler sending Jeep manufacturing jobs to China? (For more, read “Donald Trump’s 50 Stupidest Tweets.” If you can stand to.)
And why, Trump demands, aren’t the media covering BENGHAZI? Trump claims that the “liberal” media are covering up the story of the Libyan attack on the U.S. consulate in 2012, trying to protect possible 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Uh, maybe because there’s no news there? Just about all media reported how House GOP leaders are setting up a special committee to keep investigating Benghazi because — well, it’s not really clear why, except to fight to keep the story alive. The release of a White House email sent the Fox network and conservative media into a new feeding frenzy. Fox even broke away from a joint news conference between President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel because “no one was asking any questions about Benghazi.” Again, maybe that’s because the other, more professional reporters in the room had more important issues to talk about, such as the continued crisis in Ukraine, the chances and effects of more U.S. and European sanctions against Russia, and the NSA spying scandal.
Look in the mirror if you want to see dishonesty, Mr. Trump. If you can see underneath your hairpiece, that is.