For example, I listened to the New York Times interview with President Trump and hoped it was an anomaly. You know, that he was having a bad day. But the recent AP interview was worse. go on, read the transcript it you dare (link).
It wasn't as bad as the New York Times, only because I listened to the Times and tried to read this.
Go on read this gem about cable news and ratings....
And then there was this massive exchange with the AP over cable television:
AP: Do you feel that one of the things with cable is there’s such real-time reaction with everything you say?
AP: Can you separate that sometimes from that actual decision?
Trump: The one thing —
AP: That you have to do —
Trump: OK. The one thing I’ve learned to do that I never thought I had the ability to do. I don’t watch CNN anymore.
AP: You just said you did.
Trump: No. No, I, if I’m passing it, what did I just say [inaudible]?
AP: You just said —
Trump: Where? Where?
AP: Two minutes ago.
Trump: No, they treat me so badly. No, I just said that. No, I, what’d I say, I stopped watching them. But I don’t watch CNN anymore. I don’t watch MSNBC. I don’t watch it. Now I heard yesterday that MSNBC, you know, they tell me what’s going on.
Trump: In fact, they also did. I never thought I had the ability to not watch. Like, people think I watch [MSNBC’s] “Morning Joe.” I don’t watch “Morning Joe.” I never thought I had the ability to, and who used to treat me great by the way, when I played the game. I never thought I had the ability to not watch what is unpleasant, if it’s about me. Or pleasant. But when I see it’s such false reporting and such bad reporting and false reporting that I’ve developed an ability that I never thought I had. I don’t watch things that are unpleasant. I just don’t watch them.
AP: And do you feel like that’s, that’s because of the office that you now occupy —
AP: That you’ve made that change?
Trump: I don’t know why it is, but I’ve developed that ability, and it’s happened over the last, over the last year.
AP: That’s interesting.
Trump: And I don’t watch things that I know are going to be unpleasant. CNN has covered me unfairly and incorrectly and I don’t watch them anymore. A lot of people don’t watch them anymore’ they’re now in third place. But I’ve created something where people are watching . . . but I don’t watch CNN anymore. I don’t watch MSNBC anymore. I don’t watch things, and I never thought I had that ability. I always thought I’d watch.
Trump: I just don’t. And that’s taken place over the last year. And you know what that is, that’s a great, it’s a great thing because you leave, you leave for work in the morning you know, you’re, you don’t watch this total negativity. I never thought I’d be able to do that and for me, it’s so easy to do now. Just don’t watch.
AP: That’s interesting.
Trump: Maybe it’s because I’m here. I don’t know.