To Donald Trump and his supporters, The New York Times is nothing more than “fake news” that shouldn’t be believed. Then again, any media entity that dares to report anything negative about this “president” is “fake news” according to Trump and his clan of brainwashed cultists.
The truth is, while occasionally flawed like every other news and media source, The New York Times is one of the most credible and respected news organizations in the world.
That’s why the latest report from them concerning how much time Trump obsesses over cable news is definitely noteworthy. Most notably, it crystallizes how weak and pathetic he is.
Here are a few excerpts from the NYT report:
Around 5:30 each morning, President Trump wakes and tunes into the television in the White House’s master bedroom. He flips to CNN for news, moves to “Fox & Friends” for comfort and messaging ideas, and sometimes watches MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” because, friends suspect, it fires him up for the day.
Before taking office, Mr. Trump told top aides to think of each presidential day as an episode in a television show in which he vanquishes rivals. People close to him estimate that Mr. Trump spends at least four hours a day, and sometimes as much as twice that, in front of a television, sometimes with the volume muted, marinating in the no-holds-barred wars of cable news and eager to fire back.
The ammunition for his Twitter war is television. No one touches the remote control except Mr. Trump and the technical support staff — at least that’s the rule. During meetings, the 60-inch screen mounted in the dining room may be muted, but Mr. Trump keeps an eye on scrolling headlines. What he misses he checks out later on what he calls his “Super TiVo,” a state-of-the-art system that records cable news.
During the morning, aides monitor “Fox & Friends” live or through a transcription service in much the way commodities traders might keep tabs on market futures to predict the direction of their day.
If someone on the show says something memorable and Mr. Trump does not immediately tweet about it, the president’s staff knows he may be saving Fox News for later viewing on his recorder and instead watching MSNBC or CNN live — meaning he is likely to be in a foul mood to start the day.
While the entire piece doesn’t paint Trump in a bad light, in particular noting how his tone is much softer in private, it definitely makes it clear that Trump’s a neurotic individual who’s not qualified or mentally competent enough to be president.
I’m sure he’ll deny that he watches television between four and eight hours a day — he actually claims he doesn’t watch much television at all — but his daily Twitter rants tell a different story. People have often been able to link something he’s tweeted about to a report from CNN, MSNBC, or Fox News.
Reading this I was reminded of a story I wrote about a few months ago covering how Trump’s given at least two binders of positive news about him every single day just to soothe his ego. Then how he had maps of his electoral college victory hung up at the White House to remind everyone that he “won” — as if people actually needed to be reminded.
It’s clear when you step back and look at this report about Trump, this is not a confident individual who’s sure of himself and his abilities. He’s a weak, fragile person who seems to need constant praise in order for him to feel good about himself.
Not only does he often go after those who criticize him in personal ways, since he’s so insecure, he spends much of his life obsessing about what people are saying about him. It’s an obsession that drives him to not just make sure he’s up and watching cable news nearly every morning, but to actually record it when he can’t just to make sure he didn’t miss something.
This is pathetic.
Not only is it unacceptable that a “president” spends this much time watching cable news, but it’s sad that someone in his position, the “leader of the free world,” is this weak and emotionally fragile.
While Donald Trump likes to portray himself as a strong, confident person — and his supporters are naive enough to actually believe that — the opposite is actually true. He’s a weak and pathetic loser who needs constant praise to feel validated and can’t take criticism without spiraling into fits of rage at those who refuse to bow down to his fragile ego.
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