TRUMP THE MEDIA MASTER
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.