- The Washington Times
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Donald Trump gets his news from the Drudge Report, he revealed in a new interview with the Hollywood Reporter, calling website founder Matt Drudge “amazing.”

In a lengthy interview Mr. Trump talked about his relationships with some of the big executives in television news, and said he also reads New York-based newspapers, but his first hat-tip was to the Drudge Report.

“Matt Drudge is an amazing guy. Politically, one of the legends,” the billionaire businessman and GOP presidential hopeful said. “He’s been so fair to me; he doesn’t want anything for himself. Then in the morning, I read The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Post. In print — I generally like paper.”

Mr. Trump described his friendships, acquaintanceships and feuds with many top news and entertainment stars, and said he probably wouldn’t go on Fox News host Megyn Kelly’s program again after her pointed questions to him at the first presidential debate. But he said others at the network have been fair to him.

He said he “wasn’t a fan” of Brian Williams, the former top newsman at NBC, isn’t sure whether he’ll go on late-night comic Stephen Colbert’s program, and is friendly with Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide — but said the news network “should pay me a fortune” because he’s been so good for their ratings as a presidential candidate.

“They should all pay me for this. I’m doing this for nothing,” he said.

• Stephen Dinan can be reached at sdinan@washingtontimes.com.

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