Donald Trump certainly kicked up some dust among many media members when he tossed his hat into the crowded ring of Republicans seeking the presidential nomination with his tough, straight talk that resonated with many voters who seek action from Washington and are tired of the wussies there, observed Grumpy Editor.
Grabbing much attention the day after Trump’s announcement --- 45 minutes without a teleprompter --- at his New York skyscraper Trump Tower, was the New York Daily News which illustrated the real estate magnate with a bulbous red nose on its cover.”
In a departure describing the scene of such a serious announcement, the Daily News came up with: “The real estate magnate made a less-than-imperial entrance, emerging on the main floor of the building and then descending an escalator with his wife, Melania, who wore a strapless white dress.”
The newspaper’s story went on to say Trump “insulted Mexican immigrants, derided foreign countries and lambasted President Obama and other American leaders as ‘losers.’”
(Later, when asked about the Daily News’ “clown” cover, Trump said the Daily News is “going out of business” and needs such outlandish cover stories to hypo sales.)
In mentioning immigrants, Trump was referring to illegals, a word that the Daily News, and other news outlets, failed to use.
Trump also cited “it’s people from countries other than Mexico also. We have drug dealers coming across, we have rapists, we have killers, we have murderers. I mean it’s common sense, what do you think they’re going to send us their best people, their finest people? The answer is no.”
He also declared his ability to fortify the U.S. southern border, pointing out "nobody builds walls better than me, believe me."
“Our country is in serious trouble,” he emphasized. “We don’t have victories anymore,” then added, “we are going to make our country great again.”
Media didn’t hear it, of course. But Trump’s gung-ho talk brought cheers from many Americans, coast-to-coast, who agreed.
In holding up a financial statement, the never-shy real estate developer declared, “I’m really rich.” He cited $9.2 billion in assets and a net worth of $8.7 billion.
That brought a key financial news outlet to mention "rich" figures that "couldn’t be independently confirmed.” (A task fact-checkers would be hard pressed to establish within minutes --- or hours.)
Trump later told Associated Press writer Jonathan Lemire, "I know the speech went well. I meant everything I said and I think a lot of it resonated with different groups of people."
Lemire said, “Trump is currently polling well enough to land a spot in one of the early Republican debates, potentially pushing a more politically established candidate off the stage. His well-honed TV skills could lead to a buzzworthy performance that keeps him in the media spotlight.”
FYI, IN CASE YOUR FAVORITE NEWS OUTLETS MISSED THESE…
While search for two killer convicts on the loose from an upper New York state prison continued to grab print/air time, not much has been reported by key media on 121 convicted criminals (illegal immigrants) --- remaining in the U.S. despite receiving deportation orders between 2010 and 2014 --- who face murder charges. The Daily Signal carried the report…Disclosure that hedge fund Jana Partners acquired a 7.2 percent stake in ConAgra Foods sent stock of the packaged foods giant (Slim Jim jerky, Hunt’s tomato sauce and Chef Boyardee) up 10.86 percent or $4.25 a share to $43.37 on Friday…United Airlines faced a major PR problem with 176 passengers on a flight from Chicago to London. It took two days. A maintenance issue diverted the Boeing 767-300 to Goose Bay, Canada. Rather than promptly dispatching another aircraft as a replacement, United Continental Holdings placed the passengers, without access to their luggage, overnight in an unheated military barracks. The following night, a replacement 767-300 flew the grumbling passengers to Newark then on to London, arriving the following afternoon…While basketball, hockey, soccer and football grab chunks of print space, somewhat ignored was the Baltimore Orioles, in a game with the Philadelphia Phillies, smashing a team record eight home runs, in a 19 to 3 win last Tuesday…In other baseball news, a nifty headline in The Wall Street Journal in connection with the FBI probing charges that the St. Louis Cardinals illegally accessed Houston Astros’ player information database: FBI Is Looking Into Foul Play…Embattled TV news anchor Brian Williams was assigned by NBC News to cable as MSNBC daytime breaking news anchor starting in mid-August…In the “this just in” category: Media just love anniversaries with scant interest. This time, CBS News came up with commemorating the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta --- a charter agreed by King John of England on June 15, 1215…Meteorological buddies. Pope Francis and President Barack Obama both agree on climate change. The Argentine-born pontiff, 78, on Thursday demanded swift action “to save the planet from environmental ruin”…In connection with Apple, Inc.’s news app announcement earlier this month, the company said its “Apple News team is looking for passionate, knowledgeable editors to help identify and deliver the best in breaking national, global, and local news”…Another 2015 newspaper position has veteran news folks scratching heads: The director of audience engagement title at the Los Angeles Times went last week to Alexandra Manzano, formerly with the Portland Oregonian.
Now, which car was that?
Within eight minutes during yesterday’s Oakland Athletics/Los Angeles Angels game on Fox Sports were commercials or on-screen plugs for Hyundai, Lexus, Audi, Jeep and CarMax.