New Book Details Trump’s Obsession With The Press

The Guardian reports:

A new book depicts Donald Trump as a media obsessive who measures his staff’s loyalty by how well they defended him on television. But despite his Twitter habit, he rarely looks at the web.

A copy of Media Madness: Donald Trump, the Press, and the War Over the Truth by Howard Kurtz, a host and media critic on the president’s favored Fox News network, was obtained by the Guardian ahead of its publication on Monday.

It tells of a period in which Trump would phone his son-in-law Jared Kushner every morning and ask: “Did you read the fucking New York Times?” Kushner assured him the paper did not matter.

The president, Kurtz writes, begins his day with four newspapers: the Times, New York Post, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. He watches the daily White House press briefing and uses the TiVo personal video recorder to catch up on cable shows he has missed. Communications director Hope Hicks, who has Google alerts set up for key names, sometimes shows him clips on her phone.

  • Lazycrockett


  • TampaDink

    Hair furor is obsessed with the press? I am shocked.

  • Harveyrabbit
    • TampaDink

      Well executed.

      • Harveyrabbit

        I thought so too. Not my photo manipulating. I don’t have the tools or ability to do something that good.

        • TampaDink

          Even so…thanks for sharing.

    • JWC

      Donny is a dumb dolt one would have to define Crazy and insane Donny is one but not the other. I don’t think he is certifiable but he is nutz

    • Pat Padrnos

      This is great.

  • Chucktech

    Gee, and from a Fox News tool…

    Et tu, Fox News tool?

    • Hal Witherspoon

      He was a tool when he was only with the Washington Post.

  • AtticusP
  • Sam_Handwich

    the state of the union will be a real shitshow

    • Chucktech

      “The state of the union is tremendous, believe me. That’s what people are saying.”

      • violamateo

        “…And God bless the United Shtateshr.”

    • Gianni

      Though I can’t stand seeing and hearing him, I’m somewhat looking forward to the address.

      • Tomcat

        Drink, drink, drink.

      • Pat Padrnos

        Gianni – beautiful name – my oldest daughters name.

        • Gianni

          It’s short for Giovanni.

      • Galvestonian

        What I’m looking forward to is the Trump/Mueller confab which hopefully will be televised in glorious and living technicolor – hopefully under oath and in front of a Grand Jury. You just know that he’s gonna implode. orange gunk all over the place – they’ll have to blowtorch the place to get rid of the stank.

    • Tomcat

      Definitely will be chock full of lies and BS.
      Trump gets away with lying by adding catch words that he hides behind.

    • Max_1
      • Todd20036

        Dux Latrina Tweetus!

        But what is Rex Sterco?

        • jerry

          Out of many, the king’s dung…at least that’s what Google translate came up with.

          (I think it may just mean the king’s talking out of his ass.)

          • Robincho

            Sterco regis…

    • another_steve

      Will the Dems politely sit through it? Or will there be some sort of protest.

      Ideally they should not attend, but if they do, they better not let his lies go unaddressed in real time.

      • TampaDink

        I don’t want to watch it because we all know that his biggest talking point afterwards will be the record breaking number of viewers.

        • Karl Dubhe 2

          That doesn’t matter, he’ll lie about the numbers anyway.

          So, no need to feel guilty. 🙂

          • TampaDink

            Guilt is genetically part of my personality, raised as a cradle catholic.

          • Karl Dubhe 2

            Religion is not transmitted genetically. It’s a social disease.

            You can overcome that bullshit. Best wishes for your success in the matter. 🙂

          • TampaDink

            It may have taken me until I was in my mid 40’s but I am proud to say that I’m a recovering catholic.

          • Galvestonian

            My 75th Birthday was yesterday. I’ve had 14 years of Catholic Schools and I’m still fucked up. But the husband came thru with a 19th Century U.K. Navy Boarding Axe and a 2nd class cabin on the Titanic for the April 20th return voyage to Liverpool. (see Titanic Honor & Glory)

          • Karl Dubhe 2

            To genetically transmit a religion it would have to be something in the sperm or the egg that made you religious. But that didn’t happen. Your parents chose the religion you’d first learn about. That’s a social disease, not a genetic one.

          • Paula Key

            I am a homosexual – that’s a reality and science has not proven my sexual identity was in sperms and eggs. People have been raised in atheist families and chose a religion or chose to believe that this incredible universe, the array of colours and diversity of human/non-human life is truly mysterious and awesome.
            Using a paint-brush to state that somehow those who have a religion (are brain-washed since childhood) is unfair. On the other hand, i can see where religious extremists make being religious revolting. The greatest minds/artists/writers have fallen into non-religious persons and religious persons. I am not here to push either agenda . From my experiences with straight friends who have left a religion – they just shrug their shoulders and tend to say “different strokes for different folks.:” However, from these blogs and from LGBTI persons who have left a church, there tends, and I don’t want to generalise, more pronounced hatred and contempt for religion. I know that i had to hide in the closet as a teacher in a Catholic school – my decision and my pension. I spent more time in staff rooms taking on bigots on every issue imaginable. Yet, when I retired most of the staff knew I was travelling with my significant other – and these religious persons wished me luck. There are many religious persons – most in the majority that support the LGBTI community, I, in turn (as a member of LGBTI community) value the choice of people to live religious or non-religious lives. Where I draw the line is towards religious extremists

          • Todd20036

            Sorry, but we see where the church tries to kill us, either by depressing us until we commit suicide, or family members kill us to save “honor”.

            I’m glad you never experienced the murderous side of the church, but guess what, it’s out there.

            Just check out the entire RCC as a big, fat example.

            The Mormon church is another.

            Church of Scientology is yet a third.

            Figure it out.

          • Karl Dubhe 2

            I was raised in a religious family.

            To say that atheism is a religion is to be wrong. Atheism is as much a religion as bald is a hair colour.

            I went to a Catholic school, we knew who the gay teachers were, and they were more contemptible to us than the straight teachers were. They were very much like the assholes who preach gay conversion therapies; that you can choose not to be ‘really’ gay.

            I’d call someone who retired from the catholic school system a religious extremist without any hesitation. Thanks for working for the shits who are most responsible for my suicidal tendencies.

            There’s a reason LGBTI’s hate religious groups, you’ve not seen that reason.

          • killreligion

            Religion is taught. “Spirituality” is simply a way for some people to justify not seeing through the b.s. Your meandering rant, shorter “it’s so deeply ingrained I have to look at everything through its lense”. Keep healing, it gets better.

            We probably did evolve a tendency to accept spiritual ideas, drawn from the survival bump that comes from living as a social unit. This is shown in all the very ridiculous things humans have believed over history. The latest story of rebirth is no less ridiculous but simply currently less ridiculed.

            The destruction social media has done to society is related as people think they have that communal need met when they don’t, as an example

            “In the sperm and egg” was a strange comment by Karl. Our brains are made of cells containing DNA from those two sources. What is instinct then? Ideas or tendencies may come from our DNA as our brains have not yet been proven to be a blank storage device that we then fill up. They develop while we are still plugged into our mothers. Until this is disproven it is too obvious to me to not believe. Racism, sexuality, competitiveness, empathy/- it’s hard to see such repetition over the millennia and only see nurture.

          • cleos_mom
          • Paula Key

            Thanks – very interesting. We learn – we shed – we learn.

          • Paula Key

            religion and spirituality are different. Inside me is an inborn belief in a deity that often is the complete opposite of a religious deity. i feel this way as I do that I am a homosexual.

          • Karl Dubhe 2

            They’re not really that different, both are concepts that defy any attempt at proving any of the claims they make.

            Either can sound nice, but they don’t describe what can be called ‘reality’.

          • another_steve

            Another JMG commenter made this point today in another thread: Jews created guilt. Catholics perfected it.

          • TampaDink

            I have to agree with that!

          • cleos_mom

            Cute, but the Jews were not the first people. “Just sayin'”

        • JWC

          let Rachel digest Then watch Maxine later Just have the POPCORN ready

          • TampaDink

            Popcorn & plenty of vodka…or bourbon….or both.

          • JWC

            hehehe stop by the hospital first and borrow one of those “drip trees” 2 sided preferred one for bourbon and the other for vodka

          • Paula Key

            It would be heavenly to make a new documentary – have Donald make a statement and Rachel on her show – stop each lie with a fact,

        • another_steve

          And you know there will be a record breaking number of viewers. It promises to be the shitshow of the century.

          As pure spectacle it’ll attract many millions of viewers, worldwide.

          • TampaDink

            Definitely and also SAD.

          • PDQ

            Microwave popcorn sales will skyrocket too. It’ll fly off supermarket shelves!

          • killreligion

            For me it’s too late. Early to bed, early to rise as the saying goes. (I sleep 8 hours for my health and alertness. Rise at 5 for productivity, it’s only math after that) I start to watch and always wake up hours later on the sofa

            I don’t understand why these things are not at 7. The west coast can replay it

            Of course we all know it’s the eastern seaboard that matters! /s

          • another_steve

            You’re lucky if you get 8 hours of sleep. Studies have shown that many people don’t. Many, not even close.

            I’m a chronic under-sleeper. Six hours is a good night’s sleep for me, and even that many hours aren’t guaranteed on an average night.

            I’m a “nighttime processor.” I get into bed, turn the lights off and my brain starts to spin. I mentally “replay” the past 24 hours and start planning for the next.

            I’ve read all the literature on how to help ensure a good night’s sleep. I’ve tried it all, to no avail. 🙁

          • killreligion

            Sorry to hear that. Sleep is really important to my ability to function. Sometimes I get that overactive brain thing you describe but not often, I sleep well.

            Right now I am benefiting from “positive jet lag”. I can barely stay awake to 9 and then I pass out until 5

            It only lasts a few days-but I love the deep sleep. Being a disciplined sleeper lets me travel with no issues. I rarely get drowsy or cannot sleep.

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      In truth, the union itself is a real shitshow.

    • Karl Dubhe 2

      Is that really still going forward?

      I hope everyone enjoys themselves, with the exception of all of Trump’s supporters; I hope they get shingles.

      • Oscarlating Wildely

        With maybe a touch of scurvy. Then we can sing that scurvy song with Pink! With German subtitles to please Herr Miller!

        • Lars Littlefield

          What a delightful little ditty!

    • greenmanTN

      Cirque de Shitleil

    • sadoldguy

      All democrats should wear “You Lie” buttons (ala joe willson).

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Do not attend / watch / listen.

      #WorstRatingsEver #WhataLoser

  • safari
    • JWC

      Bye Bye felicia

    • Tomcat


    • BearEyes

      Go far, far away

    • Jamie_Johnson

      And of course, the Republicans will demand that anyone who received donations from or via Wynn return them, right?


    • Prost Seattle

      He seemed so nice.

  • Henry Auvil
  • Tomcat

    Nothing said will further tarnish trump. His followers will stick to him and the rest of us already think he is the stuff under the scum at the bottom of the Mariana Trench.

  • He’s a pathological psychosis-level narcissist. Kurtz downplays the most important detail: Donald scours all these publications and outlets desperate to find mentions of himself.

    • -M-

      Exactly, he’s obsessed with how he’s portrayed and also can’t just let criticism go no matter how mild or fair.

  • Max_1
  • another_steve

    I am now going to send Donald Trump the Evil Eye. This is a very potent curse, passed down to me by my ancestors.

    If you are pregnant or soon to become pregnant, please look away.

    Here goes.

  • Max_1
  • Lazycrockett
  • ohbear1957
    • JWC

      A strong resemblance in many ways to Stephen Miller

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      True fact: Pig’s mouth and anus are at around the same height.

    • Todd20036

      Hmm, a piggy nation… Ok, I give up. What’s the down side?

      • David Walker

        Some of them are created more equal than others? You know… endowed by their creator and all.

      • cleos_mom

        A shortage of bacon?

    • M Jackson

      How did your kids like the cyanide capsules, Joe?

  • greenmanTN

    Trump is the first Reality TV President. Really this election should have been held American Idol style, with a 900 number and 50 cents charged to your phone per vote.

    It doesn’t mean he’s the best, just the most palatable to the fucktards who bother themselves about such things, can whip up the enthusiasm to bother.

    (And yes I know Hillary won the popular vote.)

    Trump is the Ruben Studdard of Presidents. (Ive never watched AI) You know he isn’t the best candidate but he won anyway.

  • Lazycrockett
    • JCF

      Ooh, not good re Randy “Iron Stache” Bryce (if he proves a threat, expect Paul Ryan to use this—that is, unless he uses it, or something similar, himself!)

      • SoCalGal20

        This sort of thing is very common. You see it at work with certain media outlets like E! and JustJared. Go look at their twitter mentions after they tweet out a story and almost immediately there will be bot twitters tweeting out the same story. It helps to amplify a story/message, as we’ve seen with Russian bots.

        Randy Bryce’s campaign responded to Vox saying his purchase was in 2015. I know he’s previously run for state office so it may have been related to that.

        After publication, Bryce’s campaign reached out to clarify that Bryce’s followers were bought in 2015, before he launched his House campaign.

  • JT

    The war over the truth? Seriously? That’s like saying this line up is competing for 5 star restaurant status.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Come on rage induced aneurysm, you can do it….

    • Ningsisa

      Like I said repeatedly, I still think this is how it’s going to end. Impeachment and removal seems impossible. Even if Dems take back Congress, and impeach, they won’t have the votes to remove him. I think we need to just drive him insane. Keep the stress coming.

    • cleos_mom

      I think something along those lines every time I hear Mark Levin on the radio. Some day, it’ll actually happen.

  • boatboy_srq

    Only fitting that Lord Dampnut, being an advocate for dated solutions to the US’ problems, should be an addict to a dying 1970s communicatin model. It’s like (assuming he was ever capable of thinking, of course) his awareness stopped about 1981 and technological/social/industry changes since then just don’t register with him.

  • Max_1
    • The_Wretched

      I can’t remember.

      • cleos_mom

        It’s been mercifully blocked in your memory. Self-preservation instincts will do that.

  • Bambino

    This humanoid relies on the feedback from the “black mirror” to validate his own existence. Unfortunately he is not digital like those Tamagotchi pet we can ignore and let die.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
  • was a book needed?

  • Ranger One
  • FelineMama

    Donnie, donnie, donnie. The ONLY reason you have a vendetta against the Press/media is because they tell the Truth (oh, you might want to look up the meaning of this word. You are not familiar with it & you can’t handle it) Truth hurts!
    Unless, they pour PHONY, Unreal praise on you, that is. In other words, ass-licking.

  • Yobitim

    He’s so endlessly boring. Everything about him is boring. Everyone he knows is boring. Everything he does is boring. Only problem is that he’s the fucking president.

  • Paula

    Sorry Donnie, there is no rule that says the press has to be nice to you. You can’t order it either.

    • Halou

      He is ordering Britain to outlaw protests as a precondition of any visit he may make to the country, because if you can’t see any negative reaction that totally means there is none… Whether Theresa May is craven and/or desperate enough to actually do it is up for debate. What I do know is that there will be protests regardless of what the law says.

  • thatotherjean

    Four newspapers? Does he have someone read them to him, or does he only look at the editorial page cartoons?

    • Halou

      Read headlines, read the first paragraph, move on to the next story.

      • Phil2u

        …uless there are words of more than three syllables.

    • GanymedeRenard

      Actually, I’m surprised to learn he can read!

      • cleos_mom

        Some of his supporters would feel betrayed.

  • Halou

    Trump is the sort of arsehole who would praise his own impeachment proceedings if it got “good ratings”. The best ratings, believe me.

  • andrew

    Nixon will no longer be viewed as the most flawed man ever to occupy the Oval Office.

    • Reality.Bites

      that ship sailed over a year ago

      • coram nobis

        And hit an iceberg, had a scurvy outbreak, and collided with the Edmund Fitzgerald.

  • netxtown

    Ok…imagine this. NYC, 2020…. after 4 long years of demoting intelligence, donnie and his entourage of mental deplorables, set their sites on a faux gold building of new design – complete with every nugget of opulent arrogance – to commiserate donnie’s forever legend as the most despised president ever – – – with the “donnie dotard press-i-dense-sual library”.Of course, i guess they could smarten the place up a bit with GWB paintings…..and a couple tell-all paperbacks.

  • Henry Auvil

    “Shithole” and “pussy” were not words most American parents had to explain to their five year-olds until you showed up, douche nozzle.

    • Christopher

      You can add “douche nozzle” to your list as well. 😉

  • drbrentzenobia

    I despise Kurtz. He’s that self-proclaimed I’m-Mister-Unbiased-Reasonable-Middle-Of-The-Road, Everybody-But-Me-Is-Biased, The-Truth-Is-Always-Somewhere-Between, Hasn’t-Got-A-Clue, Inside-The-Beltway-Heterosexual-White-Affulent-Mansplainer who mightly contributed to giving journalism a bad name – but he will never own up to it, much less atone. He’s so stupid he couldn’t pour piss out of a boot if the instructions were written on the heel.

  • j.martindale

    Do not spend a penny for this rethuglican’s cr*p.

  • leastyebejudged

    Obsession ? No, he’s played “the press”, and “the press” is fucking retarded.

  • cleos_mom