Kurtz: Trump Is a ‘Media Master;’ ‘It’s Hardly a Level Playing Field for His Rivals’

‘Trump is a media master who makes himself available for interviews that are often confrontational’

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BAIER: "Americans election headquarters in-depth tonight on the Donald Trump media phenomenon. The former reality TV star is very much stul a multimedia magnate. That has trump’s rivals scrambling to chip away at his on air, online, on everyone’s mind dominance. Here’s host of fox’s media Howard Kurtz. Donald, Donald, Donald, we will go to break if you keep talking. We’re going to ask you —"
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TRUMP: "Go to break then, Joe. All I’m doing is giving you the facts."
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KURTZ: "MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and did an uninterrupted half hour with Donald Trump. Allowing trump to call in rather than appear in person in the days since he proposed a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States, Trump also appeared on three fox News shows, ABC’s “Good morning America,” CBS’s “Face the nation,” and with Barbara Walters. "
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WALTERS: "Are you a bigot?" 
TRUMP: "Not at all, probably the least of anybody you’ve ever met."
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KURTZ: "MSNBC twice interrupted its programming to carry a Trump rally."
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MATTHEWS: We’re going to go live to him now in South Carolina."
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KURTZ: "On Monday for an hour. How much are we seeing of the Republican front-run centre on Monday says the new analytics company looking at TV, radio, print and the web, trump had 19,355 mentions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, after the Muslim comments, an average of 64,638 mentions, a 234% increase. While all the other GOP candidates garnered 2566 mentions combined. Trump’s rivals openly complain that the media give the billionaire an unfair advantage." 
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CHRISTIE" "You quite frankly should be ashamed of yourself. All you do is ask about Donald Trump every place I go and I have the press complain to Ming why do you think Donald Trump has done so well."
FIORINA: "Come on, Chris, you haven’t given me or anyone else anywhere near the attention that Donald Trump receives, he dominates the news coverage."
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KURTZ: " Much of the coverage has turned negative. Even Tom Brokaw branding Trump’s plan dangerous. It helps Trump with supporters who don’t trust the media and he’s gone up in the polls. Trump is a media master who makes himself available for interviews that are often confrontational. It’s hardly a level playing field for his rivals."

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