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Stephen E. Strang for The Stream: Love Him or Hate Him, Trump Has Survived Years in the Media Spotlight — Both Flattering & Dim

By Stephen E. Strang for The Stream | Image from The Stream

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Donald Trump was a media sensation. Flamboyant, witty and fabulously wealthy, he was one of the most successful real estate moguls in New York and the nation — and the media couldn’t get enough. Magazines, newspapers, radio and TV — he was everywhere. He was a multimillionaire, married with one child, and a highly sought-after public figure in 1980 when he was invited to NBC’s Manhattan studios for a sit-down interview with the network’s celebrity anchor Tom Brokaw on the Today show.

“Mr. Trump, what’s left in your life?” Brokaw asked. “You’re 33 years old, you’re worth all this money. You say you didn’t say that you want to be worth a billion dollars.” Continue reading…