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originally posted by: theantediluvian
This puts all the pieces together perfectly. Trump and his inner circle of right-wing media execs know that he's not going to win the election and they're putting together a new alt-right media empire.
Financial Times - Trump son-in-law makes approach on post-election TV start-up
Mr Kushner — an increasingly influential figure in the billionaire’s presidential campaign — contacted Aryeh Bourkoff, the founder and chief executive of LionTree, a boutique investment bank, within the past couple of months, according to three people with knowledge of the matter.
Their conversation was brief and has not progressed since, the people said. Mr Bourkoff and Mr Kushner both declined to comment.
However, the approach suggests Mr Kushner and the Republican candidate himself are thinking about how to capitalise on the populist movement that has sprung up around their campaign in the event of an election defeat to Democrat Hillary Clinton next month. Mr Trump has in recent days ramped up his criticism of the “dishonest and distorted” mainstream media, which he accuses of being biased against him in collusion with the Clinton campaign.
Roger Ailes invented right-wing infotainment. If you read my Roger Stone thread, you saw this:
Interesting (and important side note):
In 1967, the then Executive Producer of the The Mike Douglas Show struck up a conversation with show guest Nixon following his appearance. That conversation led to the Executive Producer, Roger Ailes, becoming Richard Nixon's media consultant. Though it would be decades before his dream was fully realized in Fox News, Ailes had been planning it fo r decades:
A memo entitled “A Plan for Putting the GOP on TV News,” buried in the the Nixon library details a plan between Ailes and the White House to bring pro-administration stories to television networks around the country. It reads: “Today television news is watched more often than people read newspapers, than people listen to the radio, than people read or gather any other form of communication. The reason: People are lazy. With television you just sit—watch—listen. The thinking is done for you.”
It's no coincidence that Roger Ailes (a long time associate of Stone, Manafort AND Trump) was brought into the campaign along with Bannon, CEO of Breitbart News who has been carefully trying to expand the media empire. Sean Hannity is openly campaigning for Trump and his contract with Fox is up next year. Lou Dobbs is doxxing Trump accusers. Then you've got Stone on with Alex Jones constantly.
Clearly they're not expecting to win — why else would Kushner be approaching investors for a Trump media company? Instead, Trump is dumping the election and at the same time making himself the world's most prominent alt-right figure as he continues to launch attack after attack on the "mainstream media."