Is Trump manipulating the media or sabotaging himself? | The Tylt
Donald Trump tweeted “Good news is Melania's speech got more publicity than any in the history of politics especially if you believe that all press is good press!” on July 20. Some are saying this is an example of Trump playing the media for free press. But others are saying he’s digging himself a hole, given his missed opportunities in recent weeks.
Is Trump manipulating the media or sabotaging himself?
The Tweet in question.
Good news is Melania's speech got more publicity than any in the history of politics especially if you believe that all press is good press!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 20, 2016
A lot of people, regardless of their stance on Trump, are saying Trump’s actions are gaming the system to make the media talk about him 24/7. Melania’s speech is just another example of this.
Say what you will, but media is gonna be including Melania Trump and Michelle Obama in the same sentence all day today. All day. For free.— Elamin Abdelmahmoud (@elamin88) July 19, 2016
Even though much of this week’s coverage has been negative, people are talking and are interested in Trump. Which obviously means no one is talking about Hillary.
However, the idea that all press is good press is debatable. Vox argues that Trump is missing a key idea—that the coverage is highly negative and obscures what could have been more favorable coverage.
This is a patterned behavior for Trump. When FBI Dir. James Comey called Hillary “extremely reckless,” Trump decided to instead praise Saddam Hussein. He got plenty of coverage for that, but maybe he missed an opportunity there.
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