The theory that Donald Trump is preparing for a defeat at the polls in November by planning to launch a media company is really picking up momentum. Sean Hannity has revealed himself to be informally advising Trump. The Young Turks had a similar conclusion. Uygur identified Hannity, Steve Bannon, and Roger Ailes, as people with whom Trump is associating himself, who have all had more experience in network media than political campaigns. Each has already established himself in conservative media. It seems these are people who’d be important to align yourself with if you wanted to establish yourself in the conservative media, rather than win an election.
Trump’s gathered together here a little bit of a posse of conservative media,” Uygur explained. “Now, part of the reason — people think — for that is at least [the] possibility that afterwards, they’re going to start their own media company and they view this as just a money-making exercise. ‘Let’s gather up as large an audience as we can. Even if we lose, even if we get blown out, who cares? If you’ve got 40% of the country on your side and you can monetize that through the media, well, we’ll be in great shape.’”
Trump may well be going the route of Sarah Palin, who launched ashort-lived subscription service for videos of her talking last year.
Even Sean Hannity appears to be positioning himself as the network’s spokesperson. Sean is one of the most pro-Donald Trumpfigures in cable news, but a new report is suggesting that the connection between the two goes beyond media booster and presidential candidate. A report from The New York Times says that the Fox News host has been an informal adviser to the Trump campaign for months now by providing strategy and messaging advice to the mogul and his various staffers. Hannity didn’t seem to deny this to Times reporter Jim Gutenberg, but he did say that he’s not looking for a formal position in the event that Trump takes the White House.
“Do I talk to my friend who I’ve known for years and speak my mind? I can’t not speak my mind,” Hannity said. “I’m not hiding the fact that I want Donald Trump to be the next president of the United States. I never claimed to be a journalist.”
The only thing worse than a network featuring Donald Trump, is one that features both Trump and Palin. The frightening thing is that Palin has already auditioned!