President Slams Media to Make a Buck

President Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee have turned their attacks on the media into a fundraising tool.

"The American people deserve better than an obsessed and bias [sic] media, they deserve the truth," reads the latest e-mail soliciting donations to Trump Make America Great Again Committee, in a statement attributed to the president. The statement is followed by a request to "contribute $1 immediately," per a copy of the email obtained by Multichannel News.

The group is a "joint fundraising committee authorized by and composed of Donald J. Trump for President Inc., and the Republican National Committee."

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The President suggests the public will get that truth only by cutting through the noise of that media coverage and contributing directly to "draining the swamp."

"They’re out in full force against us, Friend," the president writes, "and they’re not going to stop."

Trump has incessantly criticized and marginalized media reports that reflect him in a less-than-flattering light or suggest failures or losses, and the e-mail cites stories, or at least headlines, about the degree to which he is getting negative coverage.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.