The Biggest Loser and Unstable Non-Genius: Donald J. Trump
Heidi Siegmund Cuda scrutinizes the fact-based evidence that suggests Trump’s inevitable doom
Seven years ago, the former head of the CBS network Les Moonves said, “[The Trump Campaign] may not be good for America, but it’s damn good for CBS.”
The 2016 presidential election was a ratings juggernaut for cable news, as the major networks turned record profits, reaching $2 billion in ad revenue for the year.
In 2023, judging by the outsized coverage of the disgraced, twice impeached, now criminally arrested former reality TV performer, it’s almost like corporate media is sad to see him go.
Comedian Michelle Wolf who roasted the Trump administration at the 2018 White House Correspondents’ Dinner was correct when she accused the media of being hopelessly addicted to Trump. Even those who try to look away, still gawk at the toxic trainwreck of an increasingly radioactive geek.
Now, even as he was exiled to his own propaganda platform, the ironically named Truth Social, his every cruel all cap-utterance is still documented as if somewhere, in some newsroom, editors still await the presidential pivot.
Despite his staggering number of legal entanglements and the fact that his speeches embody the fascist playbook chapter and verse, the media continue to prop up the metaphorical ‘corpse’ like a marathon viewing of Weekend At Bernie’s, an American black comedy where a deceased mobster is the main star.
The disgraced Fox News network seats him opposite anchors whose text messages revealed a shared antipathy toward him. And yet the anchors sit there docile, as Trump bleats in a series of bizarro interviews where he fangirls dictators and tells fairytales of tears that were never shed by government employees when he was fingerprinted.
Lest people get misled by the unreality created by and for Trump, I took the time to apply fact-based scrutiny to determine where he stands on the political stage. Turns out, he’s teetering on the edge, about to fall into the barricade with few MAGA die-hards there to catch him.
All key metrics are trending downward: