Peter Bart: Ronald Reagan Would Have Hated Donald Trump’s Narcissistic Rage


Peter Bart: Ronald Reagan Would Have Hated Donald Trump’s Narcissistic Rage

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The mounting intensity of Donald Trump’s war on the press confounds news veterans like me who remember Trump’s history as a media whore. During my 20 years as editor-in-chief of Variety, I knew Trump as an avid self-publicist who frantically sought loftier standing on Hollywood’s power pyramid.

But here’s the rub: My perspective on Trump is shaped by my earlier relationship with another icon who also yearned to leverage showbiz fame into political power. Assigned to cover Ronald Reagan’s first gubernatorial campaign for The New York Times, I had an inside seat to observe …

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