How Trump Bullies Free Media Coverage


From AP reporter Jill Colvin in the Fredricksburg Freelance Star

Trump routinely orders news camera operators to pan the crowds at his rallies to show how large the gatherings are—and then chastises them, with disgust, when they fail to obey. His team has experimented with event setups, often placing groups of supporters on risers behind the candidate so that cameras can’t miss the carefully curated faces.Trump One

He’s fumed over television reporters doing live shots from empty auditoriums once his supporters have left. And on Twitter, Trump is one of the most prolific critics, offering his live commentary of cable news reporters and analysts, lashing out at news outlets he feels have treated him unfairly.

To put it another way, Trump is the worst sort of bully. Like a spoiled, entitled princess, Trump throws a tantrum when he doesn’t get his way.

According to Colvin, Trump has only spent $300,000 on radio spots, while logging more free air time on FOX News alone than from May to December than the combination of Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.

Trump has benefited from the crowded field, but will find media coverage shrink as it gets closer to the Iowa caucus, and his support has plateaued. Moreover, it’s extremely likely that he loses supporters who witness the bullying routine at his events. One only needs to listen to a Trump speech and hear groans come from crowd after one of many intemperate remarks. The disgusted leave a Trump event finding him more shock jock than presidential.

 

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About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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