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Trump the Press: Don Surber's take on how the pundits blew the 2016 Republican race. Paperback – July 1, 2016
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About the Author
Don Surber is a retired newspaperman who lives in Poca, West Virginia, with his wife of 40 years, Lou Ann. They have three adult children.
While serving in the US Army, Surber worked on the Fort Stewart Patriot and the Stars and Stripes. He worked as a proofreader for the Wall Street Journal while in college, graduating from Cleveland State University in 1981.Surber has worked for the Parkersburg News and the Charleston Daily Mail, both in West Virginia. He is the author of Exceptional Americans and Exceptional Americans 2.
The rise of Donald Trump to the presidency, and the news media's inability to foresee it have greatly amused Surber. Using wit, logic, and the media's own words and predictions against them, he wrote Trump the Press: Don Surber’s Take on How the Pundits Blew the 2016 Republican Race, and Trump the Establishment, which covered the general election.
The media's refusal to accept Trump's election prompted Surber to again research what they said and compare it to what really happened. The result was Fake News Follies of 2017, which chronicles the media's ill-fated war with the most wily and successful president since Ronald Reagan. It will be published in February 2018.
Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit wrote, "You should listen to Surber, one of the few who clearly saw the Trump Train coming. Scholars of this election should read his Trump The Press. But probably won’t."
Surber maintains a popular blog at https://donsurber.blogspot.com. He welcomes comments at DonSurber@GMail.com.
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On the one hand it describes well the targets here, the "press". So dense that no amount of "obvious" can penetrate.
On the other hand, it describes the book itself, where every word on every page conveys the story to the reader.
Another reviewer describes it as "a new political classic" -- I think it may be a new genre -- one that not only explains what happened, but also provides the whole back drop so the reader can see WHY it happened.
The whole book is important and should be read in-sequence, but be prepared for some chapters to hit harder than others, I think there were a half dozen like that--particularly 34, 41 and 44.
These special chapters triggered Aha! moments for me, where with great clarity I saw for the first time things I should have seen before.
I will be buying the revised and updated version of this book in December 2016, because regardless of how the election turns out, we'll have 4 full months of additional mistaken garbage to read to from the bien-pensant morons.
(*) With a few exceptions, like the author of this litany of failure, who had the insight that this book would be an interesting record to create.
You want it. This is worth buying.
I read Don Surber's blog and editorial opinions for several years before he left the Charleston Daily Mail. I generally agreed with his opinions and appreciated his wit. I have continued reading his personal blog since he left the Daily Mail.
Trump the Press is an outstanding history of the Trump Republican primary campaign. It helped my understand how and why Trump won. The book is a stinging indictment of the hate of the left wing media, but it is even more an indictment of the "Republican" media such as National Review, The Weekly Standard, George Will, Charles Krauthammer, Fox News, David Brooks, etc. as well as the Republican Party leaders who, like me, underestimated the power of Trump's support among everyday patriotic Americans. I especially enjoyed Surber's take down of statistician/lefty journalist Nate Silver who got things so wrong after his remarkable recent past poll based forecasting success. Trump the Press will help Trump doubters understand how he succeeded and where we got things so wrong.
Surber's book likely will help Trump doubters like me to understand how the "impossible" happened. After reading Trump the Press I now understand that the doubters made the "impossible" inevitable. But this book will also serve as an invaluable historical reference to one of the more amazing presidential campaigns in US history. Donald Trump is real and his unorthodox and sometimes outrageous campaigning style is very effective.
Thank you, Don, for doing the research and taking the time to write this wonderful and wise book. Please continue to blog. I read yours every day after only Glenn Reynolds.
This delightful book contains hundreds of quotes from the pundits, opinion 'leaders' and political 'experts' who all failed to comprehend the rise of Trump. "What fools these mortals be" was the Bard's line, but it also applies here.
But it's not just quotes; Surber's acerbic wit and analysis are also present, as in this passage:
"Only someone as entrenched in the federal government (as Witcover became after decades of covering Washington) would dismiss Trump's forty years as a chief executive officer as making him "conspicuously unqualified" to be president, especially while a community organizer with less than a term in the Senate sat at the Resolute desk in the Oval Office."
This volume should be required reading for all those studying political 'science' or journalism. Great fun!