The prospects for Trump Media & Technology Group: A realistic assessment

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Yesterday, I posted a satiric take on the deck for Trump’s just-announced new media venture. Today, I deliver a serious assessment of what’s actually likely to happen with it. Let’s start with the credentials that let me make this assessment. Those of you who know me as a commentator on writing may not know that … Continued

Revealed: Talk track for the Trump Media & Technology Group pitch deck

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You probably read yesterday that Donald Trump is launching a media company, including a social networked called Truth Social, that will be publicly traded through a SPAC merger. You may even have seen that Insider found a copy of the pitch deck for this new media venture. But pitch decks are just slides. In a … Continued

A tax on the stupid

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Donald Trump thinks you’re very dim. When I was a graduate student in the mathematics department at MIT, I heard this saying: Gambling is a tax on the stupid. Unless you have an actual edge (like a card counter), the house always wins. There is no system that will beat the house. You might win, … Continued

What to expect from Donald Trump’s next book

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I believe Donald Trump’s next book will come out in 2022, will move the needle on his election, and will generate tens of millions of dollars for him. A New York Times newsletter sent today explains how political books continue to sell on both sides of the political divide. Conservatives now have their own publishers, … Continued

Was Trump right — and the media wrong — about these ten claims?

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Donald Trump’s campaign people send me incendiary emails every day. Most of it is just baiting to get money, but I was intrigued by one of these emails that claimed he was right about ten things that “the media” got wrong. Was Trump actually telling the truth and we missed it? Let’s put it to … Continued

Why Trump uses the O.J. Simpson “If I did it”-style subjunctive denial

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Donald Trump wrote a statement about the coup on January 6 — saying if he staged a coup, he’d do it differently. His language reminds me of O.J. Simpson — and shows why “If I did it” makes you look guilty to those who hate you, and heroic to those who support you. Simpson’s subjunctive … Continued

Conspiracy theory

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This whiteboard was at an April event for Trump backers in Oklahoma. Trump is at the center of course, but it includes every imaginable association. And Jesus is King at the top, of course. Why does it matter? Because confessed and pardoned felon Gen. Michael Flynn, who was Trump’s first national security advisor, posed in … Continued

What? Me, biased?

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My post Friday on Donald Trump’s new site and sort-of social network struck some nerves. One commenter said “As a social commentator, you cover for tyranny.” That seemed a little nasty. Two things are true. First, I am anti-Trump. I did a whole series of posts about it before the election. I’m not trying to … Continued