The Media versus the Apprentice

Alberto A. Martinez

Donald Trump at Trump Tower on September 3, 2015. Photo Credit: Michael Vadon


This website features the draft of a book titled The Media versus the Apprentice. Here are the drafts of the chapters available to date. Any feedback is welcome, helpful, and very useful. You may please post it in the comments under each section, or contact the author directly.

The author is Alberto A. Martínez, a professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. He’s originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is the author of four books that have been published by Princeton University Press, Johns Hopkins University Press, and the University of Pittsburgh Press. A fifth book is forthcoming from Reaktion Books. The sixth, below, is presently available in manuscript form. Martínez can be contacted through his email address listed in the link above.


The Media versus the Apprentice

Alberto A. Martínez



  1.  INTRO: How the media portrays the Devil
  2.  How they scared us about Hillary and Donald
  3.  How the media used Trump to insult Mexicans
  4.  Trump praised Mexicans a hundred times
  5.  “He’s a hero because he was captured”
  6.  The ugly words of Megyn, Donald, and Rosie
  7.  Attack dogs at the Huffington Post?
  8.  “The Face of a Dog!” No, not really.
  9.  “There was blood coming out of her eyes…”
  10.  Who would vote for that face?
  11.  The myth of the Muslim database
  12.  How many people celebrated in New Jersey on 9/11?
  13.  No, Trump didn’t mock that disability
  14.  Trump’s pledge to kill innocent people
  15.  The Muslim ban
  16.  “she got schlonged, she lost…”
  17.  Romney calls Trump “a phony, a fraud”
  18.  Did Trump not rent to black people?
  19.  Fred Trump and the KKK
  20.  The Donald and “the Blacks”
  21.  The myth of Trump and the KKK
  22.  The Mexican judge
  23.  “When you’re a star they let you do it.”
  24.   The serial rapist?
  25.   Analysis and Conclusion



8 Comments on The Media versus the Apprentice

  1. he’s been in office for 5 months now, has the media gotten any better? Or maybe he’s gotten worse than during the campaign.
    it’s really a love/hate relationship between them. I’m sure he still sits in bed in the morning reading news clippings about himself like he used to. And he won in getting the media people to do they same thing, they just can’t ignore him now and they feed off of him.

  2. where’s your take on Curiel? what about when the Muslim father called him out at the DNC convention? And also the time when the NYT had a front page story about women that he harassed but then the women said it wasn’t like that.

  3. and the deplorables won– was it because of the media? did Megan Kelly and Don Lemon give Trump the white house?

    i think they tried to stop him but tried to hard and it’s interesting that he won without help from big name Republicans but with a lot of help from small sections of the media: Fox, Bannon’s Breitbart and Kushner’s Observer. I’d bet they despite their disrepute in washington and academia became more powerful in the US than something like cbs news or cnn. It’s no surprise that they now turn to try censorship like monitor or label fake news or silence so-called hate-speech just to stop the onslaught online, the loss of viewers. Nobody hates and fears youtube and the alternative media more than the Big Corporations because now people can become stars or influential by their own merits and personalities, not because some square group of rich white executives just put that person on a pedestal.

  4. Not only do the media freely interpret remarks made by the president, but they also spin tales of White House confusion, disloyalty, and inefficiency again and again. President Trump is not responsible for the devastation in Puerto Rico; the hurricane is and no magic can fix things in a few weeks. For instance. The long term consequences of this media blitz of our elected officials and the president weakens the global image of America and all its citizenry. I hope your book will have a real effect in changing this media bias, so evident everywhere. I supported Bernie Sanders.

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