Last week, Donald Trump gave a well-received speech to a sellout crowd at the National Press Club. But then he had to endure a seemingly unfair coverage, especially from the club’s in-house report.
The problem? The National Press Club news account in part denounced him as advocating a proven falsehood when he questions facts surrounding President Obama’s birthplace.
The club’s news account included the author’s opinion that Trump’s views were “discredited.” The report failed to include Trump’s explanation. Separately, the Washington Post mocked Trump by cherry picking his comments to show that he is arrogant.
The billionaire entrepreneur can fend for himself, as he was only too glad to boast in his speech about his other battles.
His treatment illustrates how biased news can afflict even an honored guest. The Justice Integrity Project has repeatedly examined unfair news coverage as enabling other kinds of social problems.
Here is a brief account:
Trump, chairman and president of the Trump Organization, spoke May 27. His topic was “Building the Trump Brand,” with a heavy focus on his successful bid to the federal government for rights to renovate the historic Old Post Office on Pennsylvania Avenue into a major hotel. Ivanka Trump, executive vice president for development at the Trump Organization and Trump’s daughter, wielding major authority over the project. She attended also.
Donald Trump’s other accomplishments that he discussed both in his talk and in Q&A included his creation of the hit television series “The Apprentice” and “Celebrity Apprentice.” Other successes have included several best-selling books, including The Art of the Deal and How to Think Like a Billionaire.
This event was rather different than our normal legal fare at the Justice Integrity Project. My reason to attend was to invite former “Apprentice” star Omarosa Manigault, whom I had hired at the Wireless Communications Association as a summer intern. She had been a highly recommended doctoral student at Howard University before she began reality TV in 2004.