With Trump's hypocritical attack on the press for using anonymous sources, just like he does in the White House, writers are reminded of Trump bragging to reporters over the phone, pretending to be someone else. Then lying about it. It's all in the family: Trump's father did the same thing as "Mr. Green," and Trump's son has the same name as one of his alter-egos, "Mr. Barron." --JP
"Back in the ’70s and ’80s, with a shameless talent for self-aggrandizement untethered to fact, Trump was able to turn himself into a celebrity. Like his mentor Roy Cohn, Trump learned to manipulate his coverage in the New York tabloids. He even came up with two alter egos, John Barron and John Miller, so he could masquerade as his own p.r. agent and spin tall tales about Madonna and Carla Bruni craving him.
“Posing as John Miller, he used to ask to go on and off the record when talking about girls lusting after Donald,” recalls Sue Carswell, who dealt with both Trump and his fake spinmeister when she was at People during l’affaire Marla Maples.
It doesn’t seem to have sunk in with Trump that he can’t manipulate the press as easily today. He’s the president. When he exaggerates and makes things up now, it has global consequences and subverts American values. It is not like whispering lies about which famous women are panting for him."
--Our President, John Miller: Trump vs. Press: Crazy, Stupid Love. Dowd, NYT https://t.co/V04PKPhmgn
“I’m against the people that make up stories and make up sources,” Mr. Trump said. “They shouldn’t be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody’s name. Let their name be put out there. Let their name be put out.”
“He used to be the one leaking!” Ms. Stasi pointed out on Friday from her office at The Daily News, where she is a columnist. “He was leaking about himself. He would call up with fake accents and pretend it wasn’t him. He would tell us 100 times: ‘Now listen, I’m going to tell you something, but it didn’t come from me.’”
Mr. Trump, who taunted his blind-quoted critics on Friday — “Let ’em say it to my face!” — hid his own identity to push self-promoting stories in the 1980s, posing as his own public-relations man under the fake names John Miller and John Barron.
--Rosebud: Dishonest Donald (John Miller) Trump Ruled the NYC Tabloid Media. Washington Is a Different Story. NYC https://t.co/Ppj87GGKq7
Mika runs audio tape of "infantile" Trump pretending to be John Miller. Trump keeps fighting the media with lies. https://t.co/mirH1JXNti
Trump Fumes About Anonymous Sources After His Anonymous Briefing - Bloomberg https://t.co/KCSqAmSQoe
Trump uses CPAC to blast media, anonymous sources – after White House uses them - Chicago Tribune https://t.co/wHvtASQTDe
The Trump White House Is Against Anonymous Sources, Except When It Isn’t | The Huffington Post https://t.co/8o1EGVpU5I
Donald Trump cited anonymous sources to make claims on Obama's birthplace | The Independent https://t.co/iAjTb9pjza
New York Times editor Dean Baquet: Why journalists need to use anonymous sources - Feb. 26, 2017 CNN https://t.co/OX1qjA4seX
Fox's Shep Smith slams Trump’s hypocrisy over sources: Your White House regularly offers anonymous comment. RS https://t.co/A0W4ZUQ8BX
Sad Donald Trump's Long, Strange History of Using Fake Names | https://t.co/eBaZdHigwF
Trump’s Taxes: Trump impersonated his own, imaginary publicists on the phone for several years. https://t.co/Z2C9gbRust
2016: Donald Trump masqueraded as publicist to brag about himself - The Washington Post https://t.co/nhrMSM8SUD
Donald Trump and the “John Miller” Tape: A Question of Character - The New Yorker https://t.co/J7hRQ8wWdv
2016: Listen to This Insane Audio of Trump Pretending to Be His Own PR Guy | Alternet https://t.co/yKYi5h1ppY
Donald Trump on John Barron recording: "Not me." Admits to using that name. CNN https://t.co/tgz2w51QdW
Expert Voice Analyst: It’s Trump. Fact Check https://t.co/8y7MT84bXL
Why Is Barron Trump Named Barron? His Dad's Kind Of Obsessed With The Name. https://t.co/0kalhhLltA
The amazing story of Donald Trump’s old spokesman, John Barron — who was actually Donald Trump himself. WP https://t.co/JhMVxZehoE
John Oliver - Donald Trump and John Miller - YouTube https://t.co/SoxJQAttff
DAILY CARTOON: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH - “I’ll take questions from the only reporter who trusts this Administration.”