For Donald Trump, the Recriminations Will Be Televised

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For Donald Trump, the Recriminations Will Be Televised

For Donald Trump, the Recriminations Will Be Televised

Former President’s Legal Battles Turned into One-Sided TV Productions and Campaign Ads

The civil-fraud case against Donald J. Trump’s businesses in New York, resulting in a $355 million penalty, was not televised. Neither was his civil trial for the defamation of E. Jean Carroll. Nor — barring an unlikely change in federal court policy — will be his looming federal election-interference trial.

For Donald Trump, the Recriminations Will Be Televised
For Donald Trump, the Recriminations Will Be Televised

 

Legal Drama on Camera

In each case, Mr. Trump has sought out the cameras, or brought in his own, to offer a stream-of-consciousness heave of legal complaints and re-election arguments. The former reality-TV host and current presidential candidate has turned his many legal cases into one-sided TV productions and campaign ads.

News Craves Conflict

To TV producers, Mr. Trump’s on-camera tirades are news. His status as a former president, a candidate, and a high-profile defendant makes his appearances valuable for ratings. TV news craves conflict and active visuals, and Mr. Trump’s appearances provide sound, fury, and B-roll footage.

Unfiltered Access to Airwaves

At the same time, Mr. Trump gets unfiltered access to the airwaves. Networks, once wary of giving a platform to a candidate known for fabrications and conspiracy theories, now air his appearances regularly. This access allows him to convey his messages directly to the public without much journalistic filtering.

While his legal battles continue, Mr. Trump’s presence in the media landscape remains significant, with his appearances serving both his need for public attention and the media’s demand for sensational content.

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