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Ruddy: NYT Story Shows How Media Misses It on Trump

(CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360")

By    |   Tuesday, 12 December 2017 02:51 PM

A New York Times story Sunday claiming President Donald Trump spends up to eight hours a day watching television is yet another example of how the national media misses the mark in covering the unconventional commander in chief, Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy said Monday on CNN.

"I would describe that New York Times piece not as a hit piece, but it's a distorted piece," Ruddy, a friend of the president, told CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360."

"I have traveled with him on his plane. He watches television there," Ruddy said. "He's watching it like we might have background music in our home. Oftentimes, I think it's on the mute."

All the while, Trump is having conversations with people and looking at memos.

"This guy is probably the least in-the-bubble president, because he's just an information junkie," Ruddy said.

Trump spends multiple hours on the phone, meeting with people in person and attending public events, he noted, adding it is "humanly impossible" for Trump to be sitting in front of a television screen for eight hours.

Ruddy said it is also a myth Trump cannot handle criticism.

"He's a gut instinct guy, and he's a guy that fights back from the gut," he said.

Often that works really well — especially in Trump's long business and television careers, Ruddy added.

Even in politics, Ruddy noted, people loved Trump's candidness.

"But sometimes he'll say things controversial, he'll say things that are unscripted," he said.

While most presidencies are 95 percent scripted, Trump is just the opposite, Ruddy said.

"He performs really well in that environment, except he also can get in trouble because saying things that just come to mind," he said.

Trump does receive negative feedback, and accepts it, Ruddy added.

"He doesn't like personal attacks, but he's very open to criticism," he said.

People like White House Chief of Staff John Kelly give him feedback,"but at the end of the day, he decides for himself. I'm sure on the Jerusalem issue, a lot of people probably told him not to do it, but he made the decision on that."

"Trump has changed his position on a number of things, so it is another myth I think that he doesn't," Ruddy said.

He could likely live with CNN's criticism, but they never focus on his accomplishments, including his leadership during a roaring stock market and the fact Monday's terror attack in New York City was partly due to chain migration — something Trump has warned about.

As for the 12 Diet Cokes the Times piece said Trump drinks daily, Ruddy noted Warren Buffett brags he drinks 12 Cherry Cokes a day, and everyone in the business worlds applauds it.

"As a former heavy drinker of it, I'm a little concerned," Cooper responded.

"It's probably better than 12 shots of Jack Daniel's a day," Ruddy replied.

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A New York Times story on Sunday claiming President Donald Trump spends up to eight hours a day watching television is yet another example of how the national media misses the mark in covering the unconventional commander in chief, Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy said.
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