Junior Mints, the essential heir to the Mango Throne, wants to be a media mogul when he grows up?
According to sources, an investor group aligned with his son Don Jr. and the Dallas-based Hicks family has acquired a major stake in One America News Network, the fledgling conservative cable-news channel that features hosts like Jack Posobiec, a chief promoter of the Pizzagate conspiracy.
Junior doesn’t make any moves on his own (not even on his emotional support cougar, Kimberly Guilfoyle, who is paid by the 2020 Goat Rodeo campaign to date him), so you can be assured that this is really him being cover for our Stable Celebrity Apprentice: White House Edition, who is restricted from making deals for hisself. I know, I jest, but technically it is true.
But why would Lord Damp Nut want to buy this cow when he gets milk for free on Fox News?
When liberals look at Fox News, they tend to see Trump TV: a cable network that, with a few exceptions, has relentlessly pushed his policy objectives, and praised him in the terms that he loves. But that is not the way Donald Trump himself sees it. Trump loves that many Fox hosts are his loudest cheerleaders—but any deviation from Trumpian orthodoxy he views as betrayal. He sees himself as responsible for the network’s continued ratings success, and expects to be treated as such. In private, Trump reminds friends that Fox tried to derail his campaign during the 2016 Republican primary, and he vents that Fox owes its record ratings to him. “At the end of day, Trump thinks he owns Fox. He thinks he made them,” said a Republican who discussed Fox with Trump.
Oh, so he thinks FNC could do better than 24/7 coverage of his glorious self? It’s amazing how Lord Damp Nut holds himself in such high esteem, and assumes others do too.
For Trump, the network serves as both a tactical weapon in the 2020 campaign and a strategic hedge in case he needs a new platform after November. One source told me that if Trump loses, he could use OANN as his post-presidential television platform to host shows. Controlling a network has been something Trump has been mulling since the 2016 election. Thinking he would lose, per the source, Trump dispatched his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to raise money to launch Trump TV. According to the source, Trump considered buying the Weather Channel, then owned by Blackstone, and converting it into a Trump TV network. The deal didn’t go forward because Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman wanted $450 million, far more than the $300 million Trump was willing to pay. (A person close to Kushner denies this. A Blackstone spokesperson also denies the account.)
So a couple of problems there: Fratsputin is even worse at finance than Lord Damp Nut, and would probably go to Crown Prince Bone Saw for a few emoluments, IYKWIMAITYD. Maybe the deal would be to allow Bone Saw to have a yearly BBQ in the back yard?
…and he’s promoting it as if he owns it:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 2, 2020
(Aso: good to see that he has his eye on the Pandemic that is projected to kill 3,000 Americans/day by this summer!)
I wonder if Prznint Stupid can broadcast from behind bars?