The Trump Show

The Trump Show

Al Jazeera (2017)

Film Review

This feature, which traces Trump’s rise as a reality TV star, asserts that he continues to view himself as the star of a reality TV show rather than the real-life president of the most powerful country in the world.

Prior to the launch of The Apprentice in 2004, no one in the New York business community took him seriously – viewing him as an unreliable has-been blowhard with a string of bankruptcies. Mark Burnett, the show’s director coached him how to create a new fictional narrative for himself, portraying a claw back from failure to fulfill the American Dream.

Reality TV is all about emoting, dumbing everything down and continually provoking conflict and outrage. Trump proved to be a master at provoking outrage during his battles with moderators during the election debates. Thanks to viewer ratings that shot through the roof, the networks loved him.

Because TV continues to filter reality for most Americans (especially older and blue collar Americans for whom TV is their only source of news), Trump’s apparent willingness to speak his mind and challenge hypocrisy and authority continues to resonate with a significant proportion of the US public.

2 thoughts on “The Trump Show

  1. I COULD CARE LESS ABOUT TRUMP, OBAMA, HILLARY, ETC…, I DO KNOW FOR AN ABSOLUTE FACE, THAT THEY WANT ME AND THE REST OF US DEAD. THEY ARE DOING EVERYTHING IN THEIR POWER TO TAKE EVERYTHING AWAY FROM US THAT WE HAVE WORK HARD FOR AND JUST THINK THEY CAN MAKE IT ON THEIR OWN. I HAVE SOME SURPRISING NEWS FOR THEM, THEY CAN NOT MAKE IT WITHOUT JESUS CHRIST, AND JESUS CHRIST WILL COME TO DESTROY ALL FORMS OF GOVERNMENT, AND WILL SET UP THE KINGDOM OF OUR HEAVENLY FATHER AND CREATOR YAHVEH. THEY WANT US TO WEAR THE MARK OF THE BEAST, IN WHICH I MUCH PREFER TO BE DEAD AND GONE KNOWING THAT IN THE RESURRECTION I SHALL ENTIRE INTO THE KINGDOM OF YAHVEH. YES, I MUCH PREFER DEATH AND TO BE BEHEADED THEN TO WEAR THE MARK OF THE BEAST. AS FAR AS MY PHYSICAL BODY, YAHVEH AND HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON YESHUAH HO MESSIAH SHALL RESTORE IT. I MORE THAN LOOK FORWARD TO THE RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST.

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  2. A very disturbing analysis, Dr. Stein. If our president is indeed running our country as a reality TV show, we the “viewers” need to know who are the backers of this show and what their designs are for America and the world.

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