Donald Trump is an frequent news topic. He’s constantly making headlines, but it’s typically for all the wrong reasons. It’s for things like making Senator Lindsey Graham’s cell phone number public and possibly accusing Megyn Kelly of being on her period during the GOP debate last Thursday.
On Aug. 12, a CNN article covered the “war” that almost erupted between him and Fox News over his verbal attacks on Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly. The article is entitled: “Roger Ailes to Donald Trump: ‘We resolve this now…or go to war.'” Ailes is the president of Fox News, and the article states that the exchange between Trump and Ailes, which is claimed to have occurred by phone, was overheard by a “source”. While an interesting read, it felt too much like gossip to warrant an article about it. Though Trump makes for good reality TV, it’s uncomfortable to talk about him like he’s a flighty celebrity when the coverage is about his run for presidency
The headlines and articles surrounding Trump are typically irrational, bizarre, and may or may not mention a mysterious “source” that has access to the insanity. Sometimes, the articles surrounding Trump feel more like articles from a tabloid that covers the misadventures of reality TV stars. The 2016 presidential campaign is becoming a reality show, and it’s hard to figure out how to turn that into an article on this column.
Today, Aug. 13, Trump has been let go from “Celebrity Apprentice.” The man famous for firing the show’s contestants has now been fired from the show. However, NBC is handling it with a sense of grace. Bob Greenblat, NBC entertainment chairman, is quoted in an article on Yahoo TV as saying the following about his working relationship with Trump on “Celebrity Apprentice:”
He is a lovely guy. He was very much a collaborator and worked with us closely on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ and, you know, there’s a really effusive great guy. We weren’t in any sort of adversarial position.
Though NBC has chosen not to bash Trump, it seems that mixing reality TV with real life politics is uncomfortable on either side of the situation. The article on Yahoo TV had this to say about the relationship between NBC and Trump: “NBC cut ties with Trump in June days after he made critical comments about Mexican immigrants and NBC canceled its airing of the Miss USA pageant…”
NBC does not want to work with a reality star who makes controversial political statements. On the other side of this, it’s uncomfortable watching a presidential candidate turn an election campaign into reality TV. Does he get covered as a reality TV celebrity running for president or as a presidential candidate who is running like he’s on reality TV?