Oh, SNAP! Donald Trump Sets The Perfect Trap For The Mainstream Media
It could not have been played any better.
Make no mistake about it, Donald Trump knows how to manipulate the media. Not only is he the undisputed champ of getting near-constant attention all over TV with free earned media, he knows how to get the better of pundits, prognosticators and pretentious reporters by using their own words against them.
And what’s most remarkable — the mainstream media doesn’t even know they’ve been played. Consider the following.
Yesterday, during the course of a press conference, Donald Trump made a sarcastic but highly calculated statement referring to both the recent DNC email leak and the Clinton email scandal: “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
In one verbal swipe, Trump accomplished six goals: (1) he brought the subject of the Clinton email controversy back to the forefront; (2) he stole the headlines from Hillary’s coronation; (3) he effectively called out the media for its pathetically lackadaisical investigation into the original scandal; (4) he reinforced the narrative that the system was rigged in favor of powerful elites like Hillary Clinton; (5) he inspired a significant amount of fear into the Democratic voters who are already leery about Clinton; and (6) he made the media bite – and bite they did.
The sixth may be the most important of the goals. Without their unwitting participation, the line would have been lost forever. Thankfully, Trump knows
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