What a mistake to make!
OPINION: Strange man that Mr Trump. Miffed that Fox
News would not agree to his primary season debate demands, the
presumptive Republican presidential nominee instead staged an event
to raise millions for veterans groups – and now he's seriously miffed
[again!] that reporters have kept tabs on how much money was raised,
whether it had been distributed and to which groups.
Tuesday, Trump scheduled a press conference and as is his wont, he
proceeded to use the assembled hacks as a punching bag, mewling and
puking at the news media's temerity to ask questions about the fate of
millions that a candidate for high office said he'd distribute – but
seemingly had not done so.
In training to be the petulant
president, Trump spent most of the 40-minute press event complaining
about how hurt he had been by the news treatment of his little
fundraiser and taking specific aim at the hapless man from ABC News –
Trump fervently believes that
he always does a good job, whether he's scamming the students in his
university or refusing to release his tax returns – and media questions
on the fundraiser for veterans have been a molehill compared with the
mountains of critical reporting on other aspects of his colourful
Remember, this whole enterprise was a bid to steal Fox News'
ratings thunder by having the fundraiser compete with a GOP candidates
debate. Trump had refused to participate because Fox refused to accede
to his demand that journalist Megyn Kelly be excluded from the panel
because she asked tough questions in an earlier debate. So the veterans
groups were dragged in as a fig leaf of respectability for Trump's
THE MEDIA SHOULD BE ASHAMED?
what – asking questions? The man claimed he had raised $US6 million for
veterans and he has a problem with reporters asking which groups were
paid from the fund. No shame in that.
he said of the coverage, warning that his war on the media was not
about to end any time soon. The coverage generally sought information on
the distribution of the funds; and posed questions in the absence of
information from the Trump campaign.
MEDIA'S EXTREME DISHONESTY?
said: "Look, I find the press to be extremely dishonest. I find the
political press to be unbelievably dishonest." Trump is being subjected
to the same treatment as other presidential wannabes - and if there is
dishonesty in the coverage, it's the obscene, wall-to- wall coverage of
Trump, usually live, usually unfiltered or unedited and with little
context or questioning of the candidate.
Trump explained the near
six-month delay in distribution the money on the grounds that the
recipient groups had to be vetted – but he named all the groups that had
been paid. He claimed that a lot of the money had been dispersed 'very
early' to 'phenomenal groups.'
But as they say, facts schmacts.
Another fact that is for all his whining, this was another good day on
the campaign trail, with Trump managing to kill two birds with the
one stone. With Tuesday's press conference aired live by all the main
cable news networks, he was beamed unedited across the country and, in
Trumpland at least, there is no target that deserved a good kicking like
the news media does.