Donald Trump Now Counts 3 Media Moguls Among His Top Advisers
In a world where the modern GOP is directed by the “outrage of the day” right wing media machine, it only makes sense that Trump’s campaign would become actually run by that same media’s leaders.
They are dependent on the GOP as their audience and ultimate source of their revenue stream — and any spectacular failure on Trump’s part could diminish that revenue stream greatly. Maybe that’s too simplistic, maybe that’s a stretch — but if anyone created this inchoate populist bombast, it was Fox news and their allied right wing outrage machinery, of which Breitbart media is certainly part.
Donald Trump’s relationship with the news media is… complicated. In lieu of campaign spending, Trump has relied heavily on the press to keep him in the news and disseminate his message, but he now regularly denounces the press as “corrupt” and biased against him. As of Wednesday, however, Trump has three top advisers who also happen to have a lot of experience running media outlets. Breitbart News Chairman Stephen Bannon, who runs an unabashedly pro-Trump website, will play the most visible role, as Trump’s new campaign chief executive.
Recently ousted Fox News Chief Roger Ailes has taken a more behind-the-scenes advisory position in recent days, after several meetings between Ailes and Trump earlier this summer (and reports of pressure from Ailes at Fox to cover Trump more favorably). The third media mogul is Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, Trump’s de facto campaign manager between Corey Lewnadowski’s firing in June and the hire Tuesday of Kellyanne Conway. Kushner owns The New York Observer, which unlike Breitbart News and Fox News is not particularly conservative. Kushner has played a big role in Trump’s campaign for months — it was his antagonistic relationship with Lewandowski that was the final straw for Trump’s children, CNN reports — and has apparently written some of Trump’s campaign speeches.