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He said you know why I do it? I do it to discredit you all and demean you all, so when you write negative stories about me no one will believe you.
Trump talks openly about his ability to lie convincingly as a key to his success, like a poker player with a pair of deuces who can convince his opponent he has a full house.
The president is waging a war on truth, helping to convince millions of Americans that real news is fake, that journalists are partisans out to get him.
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Front Row at the Trump Show Hardcover – Illustrated, March 31, 2020
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“Jonathan Karl gives us much more than program notes for the Trump Show in this revealing and personal account of his relationship with our 45th president. We learn what it is really like to be on the White House beat, about the peculiarities of dealing with the personality in the Oval Office, and ultimately the risks and dangers we face at this singular moment in American history.”—Mike McCurry, former White House press secretary (1995-98) and director/professor, Center for Public Theology, Wesley Theological Seminary
“The Constitution is strict: It says we must have presidents. Fortunately, we occasionally have reporters as talented as Jonathan Karl—an acute observer and gifted writer—to record what presidents do. Karl is exactly the right journalist to chronicle the 45th president, who is more—to be polite—exotic than his predecessors.”—George F. Will
“No reporter has covered Donald Trump longer and with more energy than Jonathan Karl. It pays off in his account of what he calls the Trump Show with some startling scoops. What did the president scrawl across the rejected resignation letter from his attorney general? He tells us.”—Susan Page, Washington bureau chief, USA Today
“Jon Karl is fierce, fearless, and fair. From cub reporter at the NY Post to chief WH correspondent for ABC News, he’s covered Donald Trump—and the White House—for a generation. He knows the man, and the office. Front Row at the Trump Show takes us inside the daily challenge of truthful reporting on the Trump WH, revealing what’s at stake with vivid detail and deep insights.”—George Stephanopoulos
“Jonathan Karl is a straight-shooting, fair-minded, and hardworking professional so it’s no surprise he’s produced a book historians will relish. It’s about good old-fashioned news-getting—about the process and the rules and how it works. Overlaying it is this most amazing moment in American political history. Underlying it is a story about waking up each morning and trying against the odds to find out what’s true.”—Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal
“Front Row at the Trump Show provides an unvarnished view of the deceptions, eccentricities, and occasional achievements of the Trump presidency from a first-rate television correspondent with a ringside seat.”—Lou Cannon, author of President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime
“Must read: Jonathan Karl's Front Row at the Trump Show. Time and again he was in the room where it happened. I've read every book about the Trump presidency. This is the best.”—Bill Press
“Mr. Karl, the chief White House correspondent for ABC News, necessarily tells the story from the media’s side, but he is a fair-minded reporter rather than a media cheerleader. Unlike other books about Mr. Trump by members of the news media, Mr. Karl’s book presents the 45th president as a complex, multilayered person… Mr. Karl also manages to convey something missing from other books by his media colleagues about the Trump era: the sheer hilarity of it all.”—Wall Street Journal
“A valuable report from the scene of an ongoing train wreck.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Front Row at the Trump Show is the best long-form study of the relationship between Trump and the media—and it’s not possible to understand the Trump presidency without understanding that relationship.”—The Morning Dispatch
“[Front Row at the Trump Show] is an attempt to capture the madness that is the Trump presidency and the danger to democracy it poses. Aided by measured prose and healthy skepticism, Karl succeeds. Well-organized and respectfully written before the pandemic, Front Row at the Trump Show conveys the chaos and the characters that inhabit the president’s universe.”—The Guardian
“Karl, the chief White House correspondent at ABC News, has known Donald Trump since 1994, and it shows.”—New York Times Book Review
“It was so good I was sad when it ended.”—Olivia Nuzzi, New York magazine
About the Author
- Publisher : Dutton; Illustrated edition (March 31, 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1524745626
- ISBN-13 : 978-1524745622
- Item Weight : 1.3 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.27 x 1.3 x 9.28 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #18,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jonathan Karl has been covering DJT for a long time; since MJ married Lisa Marie! He was a novice reporter and Trump the gossiping real estate mogul. This is the jumping off point for “Front Row at the Trump Show”.
Karl has a writing style that’s conversational and inclusive. This is easy reading. He gives insights to many of the events we’ve heard about, not just that they happened, but why or how and his take on the motivations; interesting, but most decidedly not always agreed with. The text is peppered with parts of conversations and texts; seeing them in aggregate, in black & white was giant cauldron of emotions. I’m not sure how I feel about this at all.
Detailing Trump’s relationship to the media, both good and bad and how this is part, a BIG PART, of “his show” as president, is the real meat and bones of this volume. Karl claims that much of the emotion is scripted, orchestrated for maximum coverage, produced and directed by none other than the P. O. T. U. S. himself.
I cannot imagine our Founding Fathers had anything like this in mind when they penned the Constitution 📚
For readers looking for an objective evaluation of this President, it's almost impossible to find—but this book pulls it off. For people looking for the inside scoop, this book is perfect. From the infamous trip down the escalator to the crazy events in the White House briefing room, you hear the president's own voice as told by the best reporter on TV today.
I've never written an Amazon review before, but this book was worth it. The book arrived Wednesday morning and I finished it an hour ago. Couldn't put it down.
Instead of watching Netflix and fighting with your non-social-distanced family, curl up with this page turner and gain insights that will make you laugh and cry... and then cry with laughter.
The year's Jon spent with Trump going back to the nineties in NYC give Jon insights into Trump "like no one has ever seen before."
The other main point is how Trump has been able to remain so popular with his base despite no credible leadership of the country. The man and his administration merely lie, make up ‘facts,’ and just plain fake it. Then, when challenged, he hits back and creates some other sideshow. Heck, he continues doing so even while the country hurtles towards the sacrifice of 80,000 or more Americans, due to a virus invading the country while he, the fake president, plays golf...
I am tempted to rate this book three or less do to the above shenanigans the author played in, and because, honestly, there is so little new information. However, this is still interesting enough that I, like another good reviewer, Ms Linda Galella, am rating it four stars.