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Trump's Media Attacks: 'Biting the Hands That Fed Him'?

By setting up a narrative that the media are corrupt, he's building the foundation for another business venture: Trump TV

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    In recent days, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been warning that the election is rigged and some of the public appears to believe his claims. (Published Monday, Oct. 17, 2016)

    Donald Trump's increased hostility towards the media is not only a dangerous approach because it erodes voters' faith in the integrity of the electrical system, but the strategy is also somewhat ironic for the former reality TV star. After all, without it, he would never have become the nominee of the Republican Party.

    "He's biting the hands that fed him for all those months," said Temple University journalism professor Larry Atkins, author of "Skewed: A Critical Thinker's Guide to Media Bias."

    Trump earned close to $2 billion worth of free media attention — dwarfing that of his Republican competitors in the primaries, according to the New York Times, NBC News reported.

    Kurt Bardella, Breitbart's former spokesman, said that by setting up a narrative that the media are corrupt, he's building the foundation for another business venture. 

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    "Everything he says and does — and this has been the case for weeks — has been laying down the case for the rationale for a Trump TV," Bardella said.