I apologize if this post should not go in Popular Media, but I wasn’t sure where to put it.
I bought Trump’s “Great Again” on audible. I was listening to Chapter 2 on the media. Here are some snippets (I apologize in advance for any transcription errors):
I am perhaps a controversial person. I say what is on my mind… I don’t use pollsters… The media loves my candor…I give people what they need and deserve to hear … that is the truth… We don’t have time to waste on being politically correct…
The whole debate format has worked fine for me… I get more minutes, more coverage, and more requests for interviews than anyone else. And what is most important for America, the opportunity to talk directly to the people. There are many reporters whom I have a lot of respect for, especially in the financial media. When the financial journalists interview you, they know what they are doing and they ask direct questions and provide important information to their viewers. There is money at stake and they don’t play the same silly gotcha games that the political media do. They can’t afford to. I don’t mind being attacked. I use the media the way the media uses me to attract attention. Once I have that attention, it is up to me to use it to my advantage. I learned a long time ago that if you are not afraid to be outspoken, the media will write about you or beg you to come on their shows. If you do things a little differently, or you say outrageous things, and fight back, they love you. So sometimes I make outrageous comments and give them what they want for the viewers and readers in order to make a point. I am a business man with a brand to sell… I am using those business talents to inspire people that we can turn things around.
Honestly, I find this last part in bold a little reassuring. Because he has said some things that are pretty scary if taken at face value. I wonder how many of his comments fall into the “Outrageous” category?