Yesterday afternoon, as I often do when out running errands or driving from lesson to lesson, I turned my car radio to WTVN and listened to a few minutes of Rush Limbaugh.
Not surprisingly, he was talking about - who else? - Donald Trump.
Now, anybody who's ever listened to Rush Limbaugh knows that the guy never just states a thought or idea plainly and clearly; he embroiders, embellishes, embosses, hyperbolizes and goes round and round the dance floor with it so many times that it takes him forever to get to the point of what he's saying, and sometimes he never really does. But yesterday when he finally did get around to what he had to say about Trump it was this: The reason Donald Trump is at the top of the Republican presidential polls is because he owns the media. He's gotten more media coverage than all the other presidential candidates combined and over 800 minutes of free air time.
Mon Dieu, thought I, El Rushbo is absolutely right!
Now, I didn't listen long enough to hear where old Rush was going to waltz off to next with that statement, but in this much he nailed the truth squarely: Donald Trump does own the media. He owns the press. He owns the internet. He owns the airwaves. He's owned my blog for the past three days.
Did you ever see any episodes of the controversial Australian comedy TV series "Summer Heights High"?
This character of the middle-school bad boy could well exemplify the id of Donald Trump, who, I'm convinced, is no more interested in being President of the United States than such a boy as Chris Lilley's character is interested in getting an education, though both might end up with those things merely by going through the motions of going to school each day or running an election campaign.
But just as bad-boy Jonah came to school every day day with the purpose of grabbing attention, bad-boy Donald is running for president with the purpose of grabbing attention every day. If Donald Trump sets ground fires among the populace and harms his party, his country and his fellow human beings, it doesn't affect him because he doesn't care. He's a billionaire several times over who lives in an ivory tower high above the likes of you and me. Or so he believes.
As long as Donal Trump continues to be the "It" boy, creating news so that he can be the news, he'll continue to own the media. The only thing to do about Donald Trump is to see him for what he is.