I cannot recall another time when the American media has given so much aid and encouragement to a fledgling candidate as they have given to Donald Trump, and he is a billionaire. He does not need their help.
A couple of weeks ago he was scrambling within a tight pack of Republican also-rans. Now thanks to the media’s almost ceaseless coverage he is near the top of the Republican heap. In some polls he is atop the heap. The fact that the media were endeavoring to ambush his candidacy should tell you quite a lot about the media’s own ineptitude in politics and about Trump’s cunning. Trump in his characteristically discursive campaign announcement spoke across a whole range of issues, and the media pounced on the one issue that would make him a hero to millions. The media were thinking that they would render him a pariah or in their words a racist. Who knows the public better, the floundering media or the accomplished billionaire?