Billy Bush, the host of Fox’s “Extra, stated during a recent interview that NBC turned Trump into a big enough celebrity to win the presidency, adding that they now “despise” him because “targeting villain” is essential to good ratings.
“Ironically the network that despises him most is the one that built him in their laboratory back in 2002 with the launch of ‘The Apprentice.’ The persona people voted for to fix America in a no-nonsense, tough-guy way was made and marketed by NBC,” Bush told Steve Krakauer of BBC’s “Fourth Watch.”
“My how times change,” Bush added.
Bush was fired from NBC back in 2005 for the role he played in a tape that featured Trump bragging about inappropriately touching women while both men knew the conversation was being recorded on a hot mic.
The infamous video leaked just prior to the 2016 presidential election. The leak came from inside NBC to David Fahrenthold of the Washington Post. Fahrenthold is a friend of NBC’s New President Noah Oppenheim’s from their days at Harvard University where they worked together as editors at the student newspaper.
Trump won the election, but Billy Bush struggled for the next three years to try and get his career back on the right track.
Bush would go on to note that NBC “bent over backward” to protect Trump when he was on its payroll, but once he ditched “The Apprentice” for politics the network did all it could to derail his presidential bid.
“In 2005 when he was making lots of profit for his network, protection wasn’t just guaranteed, it was paramount. In 2016 there was no sacrifice too small or great to take down Frankenstein,” Bush stated.
Bush says that he believes Trump has been authentic throughout the process and has a unique relationship with the media.
“One thing of which you cannot accuse Trump is pretending to be someone he’s not. From the outset five years ago through today, he has shown his true colors: a penchant for the zero-sum game, a love for making things personal, a need for an enemy, and an insatiable appetite for the press,” Bush stated.
“Have you ever known a person about whom we talked more? His greatest love is the media, probably Jim Acosta above all others.”
Trump and Acosta often spar during press briefings. Bush says Trump is painted as the villain during these disagreements and feels both sides should be equally disparaged.
“What’s missing is real independence in our media. If targeting a villain is important for cable news ratings and clicks, then how about making both parties the enemy. They both are robustly attended by deeply flawed, breathlessly pandering, shortsighted politicians for whom, it seems, winning the next fight is everything,” Bush told Krakauer.
He added. “I am a true independent who doesn’t recognize either party today. “