Shame On The Networks For TrumpTV

Last night, Donald Trump put on the most hubris-filled spectacle of self-worship I’ve seen since Barack Obama’s nomination acceptance speech in Denver in 2008. It was like seeing a Chihuahua try to hump a Great Dane: I wanted to look away but just couldn’t by some preternatural force of awed revulsion.

For over 45 minutes, CNN and others aired, without interruption, The Trump Show, or more aptly put, they became TrumpTV. The Donald held court and the networks (plus some of his trusted employees and sycophants) were courtiers. Trump brought out a table filled with the bounty of His Kingdom: Trump steaks (raw meat on a cutting board), Trump wine, Trump water, and Trump Magazine.

And the networks aired it.

Trump blathered on about his “small lawsuit” by the New York Attorney General alleging Trump University defrauded attendees of millions of dollars. He blathered about his golf game.  (“I’ve won club championships. Without strokes.”) He blathered about the other candidates, using his favorite appellations for them.

And the networks aired it. Nobody challenged a thing Trump said.

He said that he could act “more presidential than anybody” except Abraham Lincoln. If Abe were alive, he would, unpresidentially, spit in Trump’s face for such a monstrous lie. Trump then entertained a few media questions.

He treated Jeremy Diamond, who covers Trump for CNN (does CNN’s health plan cover emotional therapy? For Diamond’s sake, I hope so) like an employee, when he said “nobody listens to you, Jeremy.”

And the networks aired it.

I can see the control room scene in my head. The producers are watching each other’s coverage. CNN hasn’t cut away. “You cut away first.”

“No, YOU cut away first.”

“Crap, they’re not cutting away.”

“FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, cut away!”

But they didn’t. They aired it all, until their last drop of dignity ran down Trump’s leg and joined the growing puddle on the floor.

It was sad, and it was shameful. Trump used to the time to get ahead of all his scandals, to answer claims made against him, and to whip up the frothy madness that make his Trumpkins so irresistibly ingratiating.

Will the unholy alliance between media whoredom and Trump’s insatiable ego ever end? It has become a disgusting mess. The media needs to clean up its act or live with the shame of becoming TrumpTV, a 24-hour circus.

About the author

Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

I spent 30 years in business. Now I write and edit. But mostly I love. I have a wife and 2 kids and a dog and we live in a little house in central Georgia.

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