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Pres­i­dent Trump can be very canny when deal­ing with a hos­tile news me­dia, and of­ten wins skir­mishes with just a provoca­tive tweet or two. Mr. Trump’s cam­paign, mean­while, con­tin­ues to con­duct its own opin­ion polls, and the White House reg­u­larly vets news cov­er­age, clearly cit­ing ben­e­fi­cial sto­ries, in­for­ma­tion and help­ful data. It could go a step fur­ther, though.

“While CNN doesn’t do great in the United States based on rat­ings, out­side of the U.S. they have very lit­tle com­pe­ti­tion. Through­out the world, CNN has a pow­er­ful voice por­tray­ing the United States in an un­fair and false way. Some­thing has to be done, in­clud­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of the United States start­ing our own World­wide Net­work to show the World the way we re­ally are, GREAT!” Mr. Trump said in a pair of re­cent tweets.

The “World­wide Net­work” has a cer­tain ring to it. And the pres­i­dent is right about CNN, which has sat­u­ra­tion cov­er­age for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons. Other ob­servers have won­dered why CNN ap­pears to have a monopoly on broad­cast­ing, par­tic­u­larly in the air­ports, where wait­ing pas­sen­gers pro­vide a cap­tive au­di­ence.

Fox News prime time host Tucker Carl­son looked into the mat­ter, re­port­ing ear­lier this year that the spe­cially pack­aged CNN Air­port Net­work is broad­cast at 60 par­tic­i­pat­ing air­ports — which re­ceive money from the net­work to broad­cast their con­tent.

Ad­vised PJ Me­dia founder Roger L. Si­mon: “We’re all be­ing pro­pa­gan­dized, con­sciously and un­con­sciously, all the time. I’m not sure how to end this CNN dom­i­nance of those pub­lic spa­ces, but we all should start think­ing about it.”

But back to Mr. Trump’s brief sug­ges­tion of “our World­wide Net­work” which won im­me­di­ate cov­er­age in Politico, The Hill, Va­ri­ety, For­tune, AdWeek and TV Newser — to name just a few.

Both CNN po­lit­i­cal re­porter Re­becca Berg and Wash­ing­ton Post po­lit­i­cal colum­nist Karen Tu­multy ad­vised the White House that the Voice of Amer­ica al­ready op­er­ates world­wide. Yet that’s murky. Be­fore Mr. Trump even took of­fice, there were stray re­ports which sug­gested that ei­ther the VOA was bi­ased against him, or fear­ful that the me­dia-savvy pres­i­dent would threaten their modus operandi.

Mr. Trump has won this skir­mish, though. After all, it only took a pair of tweets — 66 words to­tal — to spark an im­me­di­ate avalanche of cov­er­age for a stray sug­ges­tion. Point scored. Only Imag­ine,” two Chris­tian films which made $61 mil­lion and $84 mil­lion, re­spec­tively, at the box of­fice. Mr. Lin­dell plans to sup­port other projects that “fit his own mes­sage,” ac­cord­ing to Hol­ly­wood Re­porter colum­nist Paul Bond.

“There’s a new film fi­nancier around town: the un­apolo­getic Trump-lov­ing, born-again Chris­tian con­ser­va­tive founder of My Pil­low,” writes Mr. Bond, not­ing that the new up­com­ing fea­ture film was shot in se­cret due to its crit­i­cal take on Planned Par­ent­hood.

“Mr. Lin­dell also has a cameo in ‘Un­planned’ that’s sure to raise eye­brows in cer­tain cir­cles, as he is seen bull­doz­ing a Planned Par­ent­hood site to make way for the head­quar­ters of an anti-abor­tion group called 40 Days for Life,” writes Mr. Bond.

“I’m pro-life and I’m happy to do it,” Mr. Lin­dell told him.

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