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Donald Trump presidential run a stunt? NBC exec believes the reality star is bluffing for rating
NY Daily News ^ | April 19th 2011 | Adam Caparell

Posted on 04/20/2011 2:21:02 PM PDT by Scanian

Think Donald Trump's proposed presidential run is nothing more than a stunt?

So does NBC, home of the real estate mogul's hit show "Celebrity Apprentice."

An executive at the network told Entertainment Weekly on Tuesday that no one is falling for Trump's much-rumored 2012 campaign.

"We at the network have no idea whether Trump is serious about [running for president] or not," the executive, who asked to remain anonymous, told EW. "He won't tell even us - and we haven't pushed because we've just decided it is whatever it is. If he wants to spout off about things, we're happy to let him. But our inclination is that he's not serious about running for president. We think it's a stunt."

Trump has refused to say whether he will actually throw his hat into the ring as a Republican candidate next year, but his repeated hints about a possible campaign catapulted him into the lead in a recent poll of GOP primary candidates. The billionaire is expected to announce on the May 22 season finale of "Apprentice" the specific date when he will finally reveal whether or not he is running for office.

Television insiders believe Trump continues to fuel rumors of his presidential run to drive up ratings of his reality show.

Ratings for "Apprentice" are up as much as 20% this season, according to EW, and the show has nearly doubled its numbers from last season, now averaging almost 8 millions viewers an episode.

(Excerpt) Read more at nydailynews.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: anonymousexec; bluff; celebrityapprentice; lead; poll

1 posted on 04/20/2011 2:21:07 PM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian

“Anonymous NBC executive.” Lol!


2 posted on 04/20/2011 2:23:07 PM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian

Well, 0bama’s bluffing too. Let’s see who’s holding what. Lay’em down, boys.


3 posted on 04/20/2011 2:25:39 PM PDT by ComputerGuy (HM2/USN M/3/3 Marines RVN 66-67)
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To: Scanian

either Gingrich or Trump works for me.


4 posted on 04/20/2011 2:25:59 PM PDT by brivette
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To: Scanian

Trump was already happy with ratings. Try again.

As everything looks like a nail to a hammer, what does everything look like to an anonymous television executive?


5 posted on 04/20/2011 2:29:00 PM PDT by OldNewYork (social justice isn't justice; it's just socialism)
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To: ComputerGuy

Indeed.

The Halfrican has been bluffing for about 30 years.

It’s time he gets called on it.

Dandy Don looks like he has the makings of a good poker player to me.


6 posted on 04/20/2011 2:29:13 PM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian

The money quote right here,

“Ratings for “Apprentice” are up as much as 20% this season, according to EW, and the show has nearly doubled its numbers from last season, now averaging almost 8 millions viewers an episode.”

I believe it was also up for renewal this year.


7 posted on 04/20/2011 2:33:22 PM PDT by in the wind
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To: Scanian

My wife’s lib schoolteacher friends are scared as hell. Everyone, and I mean everyone, knows something is up with the big 0. The damn anchor babies have a better pedigree than 0bama.


8 posted on 04/20/2011 2:33:56 PM PDT by ComputerGuy (HM2/USN M/3/3 Marines RVN 66-67)
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To: OldNewYork

Exactly-—that executive, if he even EXISTS, is some ratings-obsessed media hack who can’t possibly see outside his own little TV cocoon.

Trump is at a stage of life and accomplishment where piling up more money and TV ratings is pretty much old hat.

But jumping into politics and slapping Hussein around and then taking on the Chicoms and the A-rab oilers-—now THAT would be quite a cap on a long career that has had plenty of ups and downs already but none of the magnitude that comes with going for the presidency.


9 posted on 04/20/2011 2:34:27 PM PDT by Scanian
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To: ComputerGuy

You mean they’ve concluded that he is not really eligible to be prez?

Or merely that he sucks at it?


10 posted on 04/20/2011 2:35:56 PM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian

Let us get a true conservative to run the White House… Obama and Donald your fired!


11 posted on 04/20/2011 2:35:58 PM PDT by Red Barr (The liberals cant get over our victory!)
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To: in the wind

“I believe it was also up for renewal this year.”

It is but DT has told the network that he will not make a decision about TV until he decides one way or the other about politics.


12 posted on 04/20/2011 2:37:25 PM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian
Trump's comb-over is a "stunt".. nobody is fooled..
The man is balding.. duuuugh..
13 posted on 04/20/2011 2:38:23 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: hosepipe

God bless him that he is only “balding.”

I’d trade places with him anytime.


14 posted on 04/20/2011 2:39:16 PM PDT by Scanian
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To: Red Barr

Palin/West
Bachmann/West
Cain/West
Palin/Bachmann
Cain/Bachmann


15 posted on 04/20/2011 2:41:52 PM PDT by GlockThe Vote (F U B O ! ! !)
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To: Red Barr

You know what?

Rush knows Trump and golfs with him and he seems to have a pile of questions for him. He knows DT has been mainly a populist in the past but acknowledges that people can change.

I’m going to leave the analysis up to the “Maharushi.”

He is “Mr. Conservative” after all and he has personal contact.

I’ll go with Rush’s determination.


16 posted on 04/20/2011 2:42:59 PM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian

They all know he’s hiding something. I was at a teacher party last Saturday. They all know. Not one of them tried to defend him - not on the BC issue or on any other.


17 posted on 04/20/2011 2:49:07 PM PDT by ComputerGuy (HM2/USN M/3/3 Marines RVN 66-67)
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To: Scanian

Trump’s view that a right to privacy is essential for all conservatives.

Trump is right about this.

But how could he be so dumb as to be unaware to the pro-life blogs reaction?


18 posted on 04/20/2011 2:59:24 PM PDT by saltus (God's Will be done)
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To: Scanian

“But jumping into politics and slapping Hussein around and then taking on the Chicoms and the A-rab oilers-—now THAT would be quite a cap on a long career that has had plenty of ups and downs already but none of the magnitude that comes with going for the presidency.”

He says as much, from what I’ve seen, in his speeches. He also has children still talking to him, so we can hesitantly posit that he cares about them and their future here in this country as a possible motivation for wanting America to be the same kind of place to do well economically that he grew up in.


19 posted on 04/20/2011 3:01:59 PM PDT by OldNewYork (social justice isn't justice; it's just socialism)
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To: Scanian

I don’t know that Trump really wants to be president. Think of the paycut he’d have to take for four years.
But he knows Owebama is very bad for business and wants him out of office asap.
So he is “running” and saying the things that need to be said that nobody else has the courage to say.
He will stop “running” when he has done the damage necessary to prevent Owebama’s re-election.


20 posted on 04/20/2011 3:12:54 PM PDT by Wiser now (Liberalism is immaturity, cloaked with the pretense of moral and intellectual superiority.)
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To: ComputerGuy

Interesting.

Union folks?


21 posted on 04/20/2011 3:27:36 PM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian

Non-union. I’m in NC.


22 posted on 04/20/2011 3:32:11 PM PDT by ComputerGuy (HM2/USN M/3/3 Marines RVN 66-67)
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