I’ve been told that in order to understand how a person is truly feeling in a photograph, cover up their mouth and look at their eyes. The eyes don’t lie. What do you see? The same may be true with the press and their relationship with Donald Trump; cover up the mouth, the headline, and what do you see? Forget the bad click-bait leads and negative coverage, who’s there: Donald Trump.
Perhaps, if Trump wasn’t in the news people would be bored, many papers wouldn’t be read, journalists wouldn’t get paid, and advertisements wouldn’t get seen. This would change the industry greatly. Every newspaper and network every day would have to fill that Trump spot with something else, something more catchy. Social Media too. In relation to that, I don’t think it would be possible.
Now, think back, has any other President of the United States of America ever had the press set a day nationwide to respond to an idea he may have had on any ordinary day, has that happened? What other president had millions out in the streets passionate, screaming about their opinions, beliefs, holding signs wearing hats or tearing down statues, just because they were the president? I don’t think any other president… Not like this.
It’s amazing what our hatred blinds us to. Perhaps, Trump is making people more political, making people stand up and out for what they truly believe, and making people better because they are doing for themselves. Perhaps he is making each of us greater again.
Mundane, mediocre, and meek leaders would not have people taking such action, would not have us so motivated to make change. That is bold, that is planned. And that is no accident.
Trump is not asking anyone to write these stories or voice their opinion or protest… They are doing it for him, they are doing it in his name, oddly.
Read The Art of the Deal and you will understand your president better. You will have insight that has been in our universe for the last twenty years. I will share some of that knowledge right now. Trump says you can pay for good press. You can pay for mediocre press. But bad press is free. And still good. How much bad press is out there today, for free? Just Google the name Trump. What do you find?
Further, the news media and journalists should thank Trump for making writing articles easy again, selling news easy again. Most Trump articles are basically saying Trump did something outrageous, hateful, or both, feel disgusted. They are usually the same format: click-bait title, something bad about Trump, how you should feel, or what it actually means, etc… There is a cycle. Watch closely. Trump made journalists not try or think again.
We are getting standard boilerplate interpretations from the news media and social media about how we should think and feel about an individual, Trump. They are not asking us to use our own better judgement, to think deeper on a subject, they are telling us, same. We must obey and believe he is what they say. The topic: him, Trump. We are asked to believe in this idea about this person.
Now I am wondering how do you brainwash people, news media? Repition? Exaggeration? Groupthink? Herd mentality? Say bad things about someone? Who’s the Shepard? Who’s the sheep?
As unfortunate as it sounds to his critics, the news media, social media, and the world love Trump–they subconsciously seek him out, he makes them money. People buy what people are selling when Trump is in it. Look at the paper, who is in every paper? Look at the TV, who is on every channel? Trump.
He is the ultimate spectacle. People write endless op eds about Trump signaling and professing their obsession, no matter the bias. (This essay is about Trump.) There are college courses based on him, no matter the persuasion. There are entire talk shows, news segments, and caucuses solely dedicated to him, no matter the slant. And still he is the main character. That is a HUGE presence created for someone by those who despise him, unaware that visibility, in our great time and great nation is most powerful.
This Trump obsession is apparent, visibly, tangibly, and deeply disturbing. The news story and Trump are interchangeable, and have been for the last two years. We do not go a day without. Now, talk about how I’m wrong about who, you guessed it: Trump. More ubiquity, you can see it right there.
So, don’t be mad at Donald Trump if you don’t like him, be mad at yourself for looking for him, be mad at your news source for pushing his product 24/7. That’s what free will is all about; this is a free market, we live in it.
Don’t go looking for snakes, as someone once said. Ah, but snakes get people’s attention and sell papers, sell stories.
The Trump obsession may simply be supply and demand of the greatest spectacle in human history, Donald Trump. Any conscious media will not miss out on such a payday. Prepare for four more years of it, money talks; networks want to be paid. If you want something different, contact your media and ask for better, sit down and talk to that Letter to the Editor person and let them know they are furthering the problem by discussing it exclusively. If they don’t change, then you might know what is true and what is not true.