Donald Trump’s presidential campaign on Monday began airing a live nightly video news program, fanning speculation that Trump may seek to capitalize on his supporters’ zeal by launching a media network after November’s election.
“This is an effort to bring our message directly to you. You don’t have to take it through the media filter and the spin they put on it,” said Cliff Simms, the Trump adviser who co-hosted the program, which was broadcast on Facebook. “We plan to do this each and every night.”
Co-host Boris Epshteyn, a senior adviser to Trump, insisted the Trump-focused news show was not a test run for anything else. “The left-wing media’s even trying to spin this, believe it or not,” Epshteyn said. “They’re saying, well this is ‘Trump TV.’ That’s not what this is. This is our campaign, and most importantly, our candidate being out there and speaking directly to the voters.”
Well we have been hearing about this possibility for over a month now, and even though there are denials coming from the Trump camp this seems to me to be Trump's first toe dipping into the world of conservative journalism.
As you know there was also a segment aired during the last debate, and THAT one seemed to do well.
However last night's segment suffered due to lack of interest:
Without a debate to stir interest, ratings were down. The audience for Wednesday’s show peaked at 200,000 people, according to Politico. Monday’s program began with just shy of 60,000 viewers, and within 30 minutes half the audience had moved on.
Yeah I don't think that 30,000 viewers is going to be anywhere near enough to give Fox News a run for their money.
If you visit the HuffPo link you will see an incredibly amateurism segment that looks like it was put together by a middle school media club. (From a poor school, in a bad neighborhood, without access to modern editing software.)
In fact as I watched it I thought less of Fox News and more of another fairly recent attempt to launch a personality driven media outlet.
Oh god, he really is Sarah Palin 2.0.