When Trump lost the presidential election, a lot of the press got real.
“The media had to admit that Trump’s candidacy was doomed to fail,” Andrew McCarthy, a historian at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, told me.
In fact, the press spent a great deal of time and energy trying to convince Americans that Trump was a demagogue who would win because the country was sick of the media.
But Trump’s presidency did not become a disaster simply because he failed to get elected.
Trump was not only a failed presidential candidate; he was a failed politician as well.
And the reason that his failure has so many people so angry is that he was not a successful one.
As I noted in my review of McCarthy’s book, Trump did not lose because of a corrupt system.
He lost because of the system itself.
Trump did win because he had a problem with the media and the people who covered him.
The media’s treatment of Trump is one of the reasons he is now in such a bad place.
McCarthy’s article, which I covered at length in The Media and the American People: The Politics of Trumpism, traces Trump’s path to becoming a media star, starting with his failure to win the Republican nomination in 2016 and ending with his disastrous presidency.
He argues that Trump “had never been a media personality.
He had never been anything more than a celebrity.
He was not an actor, or even a journalist.
He never had the capacity for any of that.
He did not have a sense of humor, nor a sense that he needed to engage in it.
He simply was not interested in that sort of thing.”
The problem was that Trump did have a problem.
He could not get the mainstream media to acknowledge that Trump could not be elected president because the media would not endorse him.
And he could not even get the media to admit to their own incompetence because they were afraid to be associated with him.
As McCarthy puts it: The failure to take Trump seriously, which had become the dominant narrative, had been so great that no one seemed to be able to take him seriously, and the result was that people were willing to ignore or ignore his flaws, to ignore his failures, or to ignore what he had said.
There is no doubt that Trump has done more than any other Republican presidential candidate to create a media crisis that has cost him the presidency.
And while his presidency has been far from a success, the media’s role in that crisis is one that Trump should never forget.
Trump’s failure has helped to legitimize the notion that the media is, as McCarthy writes, “not merely a partisan institution, but an institution that is inextricably bound to the power of a particular candidate.”
The media, in turn, has helped legitimize Trump’s narrative that the press is not merely a source of fact but a propaganda machine.
And McCarthy’s analysis shows that, for Trump, the problem with mainstream media is not that it has failed him, but that it is also failing him as a candidate.
Trump has long been a master of branding and media manipulation.
McCarthy finds that Trump is the most successful presidential candidate in American history because he “was able to create an identity, a political persona, and a persona of a certain kind.”
And Trump has also built his reputation as a successful businessman by winning the primaries by exploiting his ability to sell himself.
Trump is able to do this because he has an ability to manipulate the media, and he is able not only to sell his brand, but to make the media believe that he is a businessperson.
That is why Trump’s failures have helped to validate the idea that the news media is a partisan entity that serves only the interests of a politician.
Trump does not have to succeed as a politician to become a successful media personality, McCarthy argues, because Trump’s brand and his success are already built into his success.
In this sense, McCarthy’s theory is not entirely new.
In his book The Great Deception, political scientist Andrew Zimbalist points out that Trump first developed a reputation as an entertainer in the 1920s and then began making a name for himself as a real estate developer.
Zimbarist, in his book On the Media, describes how, by the mid-1950s, Trump began using the media as a means of “shaping the public perception of his candidacy.”
Trump would often refer to the media in these terms: “I use it to sell myself.
You know, the people I am selling to, I use it.
I use the media for me, because it sells me stuff.”
Trump’s ability to shape the public’s perception of Trump was so effective that it became a part of his identity, which became so strong that people began to think he was the real deal.
Trump, who was never a real person, was able to sell the public on the notion of him as the person who would be better than the media because he could control the media