With Trump & The Cowboys In The Mix, News Has Gone Far Beyond Fake
Word through the grapevine has it that, with Donald Trump as the new guy on the block, the long-standing battle of the Potomac has reached a crisis stage. That poor bloke in emporer’s clothing, they do say, has all the donkeys in the room now seeing red and all the elephants declaring themselves blue. Who invited him to the party? And who gave him the right to attack the mud-slinging pens of the press with such bitter bile?
Balaam’s trusty companion would surely twitch an ear and kick a leg in his grave if he got wind of the rumor that his descendants were associating like thieves with perpetrators of what is now referred to worldwide as “fake news.” But that’s the news this morning out of Washington D.C. Fake news, that is. Alas, dear ones, there is comfort in the knowledge that Pakistan shares our troubles. But, I digress.
Due to a palpable distrust of certain alleged unscrupulous minds on the beat, it’s a smaller world of reporters which the President currently fields questions from at the White House. Which, in turn, has apparently given him more time to devote himself to Twitter, and other such social media outlets that Bill Belichik’s tongue trips over with regularity.
The “liberal media,” as they are so often disdainfully classified as, have repaid this royal gesture by poring over transcripts and micro-film like mice under the dinner table, scrounging for any crumb of interest that might fill their quiver and subvert the integrity of the dictatorship. If only their interests were limited to the field of politics.
But this week they were compelled to make an attempt at adding to the collection of gridiron history, their claws digging up a relic of yesteryear from the New York Times vault about Trump and America’s Team. In a 1984 interview with Ira Berkow, Trump admitted to bypassing an opportunity to buy the Dallas Cowboys from a cash-strapped Clint Murchison Jr. Mercy!
“I could have bought an NFL team,” said Trump. “There were three or four available – that still are available, including, of course, the Dallas Cowboys.
“I could have bought an NFL club for $40 million or $50 million, but it’s established and you would just see it move laterally. Not enough to create there…
“…I feel sorry for the poor guy who buys the Dallas Cowboys. It’s a no-win situation for him, because if he wins, well, so what, they’ve won through the years, and if he loses, which seems likely because they’re having troubles, he’ll be known to the world as losers.”
And the cackling began on Stage Left. Trump the businessman doesn’t even know a good investment when he sees one! Trump, our nation’s visionary, can’t even perceive a $4.2 billion empire in the making when it’s presented to him! What an uptown goober!
How it happened that this revelation, which to so many on the Left clearly undermines the credibility of Trump, should actually turn out to be even worse than just another edition of “fake news” is a credit to the omnipresent blinding confusion currently choking the brain-waves of Toxic Town. Not only is it nigh impossible for many to make sense of today’s events, but yesterday’s as well.
Mr. President, I’ll give you due credit. You’re not one to miss out on a bit of publicity. After all these years of watching Jerry jump through hoops and brick walls for the caress of cash and notoriety, I can appreciate that trait.
Yes, that’s all Donald Trump’s sit-down with Berkow was. A publicity stunt. He was never going to come close to buying the Cowboys. Tex Schramm would have made sure of that.
Schramm, then the no-nonsense general manager of the Cowboys, was under direct orders from Murchison to find a new owner who would allow Schramm and head coach Tom Landry to carry on as they had for the previous 24 seasons. That required a businessman with deep pockets willing to stand back in the shadows and allow the “football people” to work their magic.
It wouldn’t have taken Schramm but an instant to cross Trump’s name from the list of possible buyers. Excepting his financial status, Trump was a high-profile figure who wasn’t so secret about preferring his place in the limelight. He was braggadocious, prone to making headlines. Even more importantly, where Schramm was concerned, Trump was the type of individual who would almost certainly demand a piece of the action in the Cowboys front-office.
The additional fact that Trump had staked his claim for majority ownership of the USFL’s New Jersey Generals two months prior to the Cowboys being placed on the auction block placed his name even farther outside the box than George Steinbrenner’s (if that was even possible). If there’s one thing that Schramm would never have been caught doing is blowing kisses to the enemy. Trump, in fact, had struck out before he even approached the batter’s box.
So, for Trump to have said that he passed on an opportunity to buy America’s crown jewel of football was disingenuous, at best. Which, according to some in our midst today, qualifies as typical behavior for our President.
But there is no defense for the media’s reaction in this mini-drama. Their lack of homework on this subject is both obvious and documented. Were it any other way, they would have known that Trump’s statement some thirty-odd years ago was not fake news, but actually no news at all.