How television made Donald Trump

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Guest: James Poniewozik

New York Times’ TV critic JAMES PONIEWOZIK argues in his new book, Audience of One, that television created the Donald Trump presidency. Poniewozik shows that television’s evolution into a fractured medium with multiple channels, cable news, antihero dramas, and reality TV was the perfect setting for Trump-style celebrity and his shock and awe sensibilities. This hour, we talk with Poniewozik about how Trump capitalized on the polarizing trends in the media, leading eventually to his presidency.

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