Echoing what proved to be the case in the 2016 election, President Donald Trump said on Thursday media outlets cannot survive without him and they will ensure that he is reelected in 2020.
In a wide-ranging interview with The New York Times, Trump was confident that he’ll win a second term.
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“I’m going to win another four years because newspapers, television, all forms of media, will tank if I’m not there because without me, their ratings are going down the tubes,” the president told The Times’ Michael Schmidt.
Trump specifically named Schmidt’s newspaper, which he often calls “The Failing New York Times.”
“Without me, The New York Times will indeed be not the failing New York Times, but the failed New York Times,” Trump said. “So they basically have to let me win.”
Trump was so sure of this, he said The Times will be pleading with him not to lose.
“And eventually, probably six months before the election, they’ll be loving me because they’re saying, ‘Please, please, don’t lose Donald Trump.’ O.K.”
Profits are up for media outlets in Trump’s first year in office.
TV Newser reported that “ratings for the cable news networks are up year-over-year, as are digital subscriptions for America’s preeminent newspapers like the New York Times and Washington Post.”
And while it may be debatable over why that is, Trump must be included at the top of any list.
Just ask CBS Chairman Les Moonves, who boasted early on in the 2016 election about how the Trump campaign, which enjoyed wall-to-wall coverage, is good for business.
“It may not be good for America, but it’s damn good for CBS,” Moonves said during a Feb. 2016 media conference in San Francisco.
Trump’s GOP primary opponents complained about the advantage this gave Trump.
“What I know is that the media was involved in a lovefest, giving Donald Trump two billion dollars in free media,” Cruz said in March 2016.
The Media Tenor chart below reflected the percentage of news coverage by candidate from January 1-December 31, 2015, with the percentages based on ad-equivalent dollar exposure of each candidate for eight news outlets.
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