Trump is laying his post-election plans behind the scenes- and unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that we’ll be rid of him win or lose come November 8th. Talk of a possible “Trump TV” network has followed the narcissistic real estate mogul throughout his campaign, and that may soon become a reality.
The Financial Times reports that Trump’s son-in-law and husband to Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, “has informally approached one of the media industry’s top dealmakers about the prospect of setting up a Trump television network after the presidential election in November.”
Kushner met with Aryeh Bourkoff from the investment bank LionTree to begin exploring options for a possible “Trump TV” channel, but no progress has been made since. Trump has repeatedly denied wanting to delve into the media world, but considering that the man lies as easily as he gropes women, nothing he says should ever be taken at face value.
The obstacles facing the establishment of Trump TV are significant to say the least. According to FT, “cable and satellite companies are loath to take on extra channels in an era of shrinking audiences and “cord-cutting” — the cancellation of pricey pay-TV subscriptions in favour of cheaper, online alternatives. An “over the top” digital service would be one possibility but still costly because Mr Trump and Mr Kushner would need to spend heavily on marketing, talent and technology.”
It should also be noted that Trump campaign ally Roger Ailes, the diabolical propagandist who ran FOX News until he was fired following a wave of sexual abuse allegations, is contractually prohibited from joining a Trump network, as per his severance deal with FOX. Trump’s sycophantic lapdogs Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity, however, are under no such prohibitions.
Could this mean the end of FOX News as we know it? Or is it the beginning of something much worse? Whatever may happen, it’s clear that actually governing the country is very far down on the list of Donald Trump’s priorities.
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.