Donald Trump is very much a creature of habit. One of those habits is listening to the news. And we don’t mean passively gathering information about the current events of the day, but actually listening to the news personalities advice. Trump takes direction from all of these hosts in a disturbingly frequent manner.
So who are the people he listens to most and what kind of advice is he taking from them? Take a look and see how, like clockwork, our president will heed the advice of TV personalities over his top advisers.
1. Which networks does Donald Trump watch?
Trump is a fairly predictable person and lives by a set of patterns. One of those patterns is that he keeps it consistent on which networks he watches. For the most part, he watches the Fox News network. Although he has been known to watch some CNN and MSNBC according to people around him.
Next: You won’t believe how much TV he actually watches.
2. How many hours of TV does Donald Trump watch?
The New York Times reported that Donald Trump wakes up at 5:30 A.M. and starts to watch cable news. It starts with CNN, then he moves to his echo chamber of Fox & Friends for a little comfort, and occasionally finishes up with Morning Joe. Friends suspect that Morning Joe fires him up for the day. At the bare minimum, Trump watches about 4 hours of cable news a day.
Next: You can probably guess what his favorite show is.
3. Fox & Friends
Fox & Friends is Trump’s favorite show because it provides him affirmation of his ideas and it helps him with his messaging through the day. More importantly, however, is that he takes their advice to heart frequently. In one case he switched his position on a FISA amendment because the hosts criticized him for supporting it.
Fox & Friends also provides a lot of comfort for Donald Trump. When the rest of the media is pointing out where Trump is failing, falling behind, or inaccurate about a subject, there they are congratulating Trump on his expert deal-making abilities or statesmen-like behavior. Some might call this a “safe space” for Trump.
Next: Take a look at his other “reliable” TV advisor.
4. Sean Hannity
Fox is never short on bombastic commentators and hosts. Sean Hannity is no different. Hannity is another one of Trump’s favorites in the Fox News network. Like Fox & Friends, Hannity reaffirms Trump’s beliefs. To be more accurate, Hannity reaffirms Trump’s conspiracy theories.
Conspiracy theorists love the “Deep State” narrative that asserts the government is actually run by a small group of individuals. Hannity constantly reaffirms this one and Trump echoes those ideas on his twitter.
It also seems like Hannity gives terrible advice to Trump and he listens. Recently, Hannity begged Trump to release the Nunes memo. Trump ended up heeding that advice and that decision ended up being a huge backfire for the administration.
Next: This is certainly the person that has the most questionable sanity … and Trump listens to him.
5. Alex Jones
Alex Jones has to be the nuttiest person that Trump regularly listens too and calls on the phone for advice. This is a man who asserts that the government creates homosexuality, that Barack Obama is the global head of Al-Qaeda, that 9/11 was an inside job or false flag attack, and that the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax.
Let that sink in. Our president calls this man for advice. If that isn’t concerning, we don’t know what is.
Next: The president claims these are all rumors.
6. Trump denies watching that much TV
After the New York Times issued their report on the hour by hour day of Donald Trump, he immediately called the reports false. Despite the fact that the Times spoke with 60 advisors, friends, members of Congress, and associates of Trump, he still claimed they were fake. Trump says “I don’t get to watch much television … primarily because of documents. I’m reading documents. A lot.”
Next: What’s more concerning is how Trump views the TV.
7. Trump sees the TV as a two-way street
Trump truly believes that the people on TV are talking to him directly. In some cases, they are; like when allies of his have to go on TV and plead with him to not do something. Some people pay for advertisements during his favorite shows just to educate him about his job.
Beyond that, some conversations by hosts and commentators are actually taken as policy briefings. We have already mentioned a few, but there are dozens of cases out there. Trump once said he gets his military advice this way.
Next: Listening to these people has had an adverse effect on the country and our standing in the world.
8. Trump’s TV habits have taken a toll on America
When Trump blindly listens to the advice of news anchors, he opens himself, and the image of America, up for harsh criticism. In turn, since he perpetuates unfounded stories or flat out lies, he has created an altered truth era amongst Americans. Everything is now suspect, and respected institutions are left having to defend their accurate claims.
Globally, he can also set of diplomatic nightmares. Because of his instability towards Korea, we know are closer to “Midnight” than we have ever been since 1984 at the height of the Cold War.
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