The Internet yields various ways to search for the most critical journalism on a guy like Donald Trump. You can search on Google, set up a Google Alert, launch a search on Twitter, filter TV transcripts. Or you can just check out the Twitter feed of Trump himself.
For those followers who want more information on what not to buy, here’s the opus to which Trump is referring: “Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power.” Its authors are Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher of The Post, and it relies in toto on the reporting of 24 Post reporters. The contract for the book is between the publisher, Scribner, and The Post.
That would be the same Post to which the Trump campaign has denied credentials for covering his rallies and other events. Don’t get the idea, however, that Trump’s distaste for The Post is consistent and rational: For the “Trump Revealed” book, Trump sat for more than 20 hours of interviews with the co-authors — a considerable time investment into a product that he would later blast on Twitter. In a book excerpt published earlier this month, Kranish and Fisher note that in one session, Trump waved off his secretary’s attempt to wrap up. “Let’s keep going — this is a lot of fun,” said Trump. There is no making sense of this fellow.
“I don’t think he could have helped himself but to do that,” said Fisher of Trump’s tweet. “He can’t restrain himself and from his perspective it would probably have been smarter to ignore” the book. “I would expect by now our publisher will have sent a huge fruit basket over to the Trump campaign.” Via pique and pettiness, Trump has amassed more than 11 million Twitter followers. “It’s advertising you can’t buy,” said Fisher.
Just how Trump managed to abridge the 450-page book is an open question. Fisher said that Trump didn’t receive an advance copy, so he “could not have read it even if he was inclined to do so.” Inclination is minimal, as the reporting duo discovered. Though he watches a lot of television, Trump said he doesn’t have the time to read much. Today is the book’s publication date. The Erik Wemple Blog is reluctant to believe that a major-party presidential nominee would publicly characterize a book without first having read it.
Facts suggest otherwise. Trump sued author Timothy O’Brien over his book “TrumpNation: The Art of Being the Donald” even though he hadn’t read the thing. Fisher said that Trump indicates that he “heard it was a bad book — people say it was a bad book.”
In any case, Trump’s tweet could well redound to the financial benefit of a news outlet that he has delighted in pounding. “He’s very kindly spreading the word,” said Fisher.