According to a published report, presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is considering the launch of a media business that could include a cable news network.
“Trump…has become irked by his ability to create revenue for other media organizations without being able to take a cut himself. Such a situation ‘brings him to the conclusion that he has the business acumen and the ratings for his own network.'”
The report–citing unnamed sources–was published Thursday by Vanity Fair:
Love him or despise him, Trump indisputably has the finger on the pulse of his audience. And this connection could certainly facilitate such a hypothetical mini-media conglomerate. “Even old Fox News didn’t have the right read on what the base is,” one person briefed on the conversation told me. “And we do.”
The Trump campaign dismissed the report. “There is absolutely no truth to this whatsoever,” said spokesperson Hope Hicks. “This hasn’t been even uttered. Not even thought about.”