Six months to go before the presidential election and MSNBC and CNN late last week and over the weekend spent chunks of time focusing on a fuzzy tape recording said to be from 25 years ago in which a voice, described by the Washington Post as that of Donald Trump supposedly pretending to be his publicist, observed Grumpy Editor.
The "revelation" spilled over to Fox News Sunday when Chris Wallace brought it up at the program's opening. It continued to be active on other news channels, too.
Hey, media forget that many corporate executives put on a PR hat to tout company happenings.
Interestingly, the journalist for People magazine who did the interview said in a TV interview aired Saturday that it was not Trump's voice.
With eyes on the Nov. 8 election, the Washington Post has assembled a team of 20 journalists to dig into Trump doings over the years in an attempt to uncover other "gems" like the "pretend PR person."
Writers of the Washington Post story described the voice on the tape as "instantly familiar; the tone, confident, even cocky; the cadence, distinctly Trumpian. The man on the phone vigorously defending Donald Trump says he’s a media spokesman named John Miller, but then he says, 'I’m sort of new here,' and 'I’m somebody that he knows and I think somebody that he trusts and likes' and even 'I’m going to do this a little, part time, and then, yeah, go on with my life.'”
Trump on Friday denied he used to pose as his own public relations representative to handle reporters and place stories, shooting down the Washington Post piece. "It doesn’t sound like my voice at all,” Trump said in a TV interview.
Meanwhile, a shocking headline over a revealing story in Army Times --- Army shrinks to smallest level since before World War II --- did not grab attention of print and broadcast editors.
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