Saturday, December 22, 2018

Screen life

A New York Times article about life in the White House describes an isolated, suspicious president who expresses “frustration, anger, mania” and watches plenty of TV:

By all accounts, Mr. Trump’s consumption of cable television has actually increased in recent months as his first scheduled meetings of the day have slid back from the 9 or 9:30 a.m. set by Reince Priebus, his first chief of staff, to roughly 11 many mornings. During “executive time,” Mr. Trump watches television in the residence for hours, reacting to what he sees on Fox News. While in the West Wing, he leaves it on during most meetings in the dining room off the Oval Office, one ear attuned to what is being said.
I hope it’s safe to say that whoever the next American president turns out to be, he or she will not have been a reality-TV star.

comments: 2

Pete said...

When he goes to prison, would it be considered cruel and unusual punishment to deny his TV privileges?

Michael Leddy said...

I think that being in a cell with himself (and no TV, no phone) would be cruel and unusual punishment.