By all accounts, President-elect Donald Trump is ill-prepared to be leader of the free world. Despite being the first elected president with no government or military experience, he opts out of daily intelligence briefings. His phone calls with foreign leaders have been both embarrassing and dangerous.
Nonetheless, he recently decided that he can successfully split his focus between being President of the United States and working as a producer for sub-par reality television.
Variety reported that Trump will be an executive producer on NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice, which will be hosted by fellow celebrity-turned-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger. Of course, this brings up all sorts of new questions about conflicts of interest.
A Tangled Media Web
Other presidents have taken on paid projects while in office. President Barack Obama, for example, earned royalties on his 2010 book Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters while acting as president.
Trump’s role as executive producer is different, however. For one thing, the Celebrity Appearance is broadcast on NBC. NBC is also one of the most prominent mainstream news sources.
This creates a daunting potential conflict of interest, particularly since Trump has taken issue with their news coverage in the past.
As recently as November, Trump verbally attacked an NBC News journalist at one of his rallies. The ensuing harassment and heckling by his supporters raised questions of journalist safety at Trump events.
Unsurprisingly, this tangled web is making many Liberal journalists and pundits very unea sy.
Unfortunately, blatant conflicts of interest are likely to be a defining feature of the next four years.
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