Sorry, the world is much more complicated.
The problem with his kind of messaging spills in all directions in TV land. Story lines are easier when you have good guys/bad guys like.. er.. those on reality shows, such as “Celebrity Apprentice.”
Real life, non-TV life, takes work and coming to terms with those grey areas. (Big sigh!). Traditional TV story lines don’t help ease my pain.
Still, we have no problem with transitioning TV characters/brands. Watching NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” recently with past bad-guy reality judge Simon Cowell might give us some sense here. Now, a slightly nicer Cowell can talk about the wonders of a magic act performance.
Case in point: Candidate Donald Trump is now experiencing a transition -- or at least looking to alter perception. All to gain scale. But TV consumers need time to digest TV changes. Cowell evolving act took years in the making; Trump only has nine weeks to work some magic.
Over the last couple of TV seasons, the CW made a transition to be more than just a young woman's TV network. Now, it caters to young women and men -- and maybe not so young. Some would say all this was to gain scale/viewers, thereby broadening appeal to TV advertisers. Can’t really blame them.
Increasingly, you may find any number of traditional TV networks looking to make a transition when it comes to digital media platforms. Many of the oldest-skewing TV networks can find median ages of viewers/consumers much younger when it comes to networks TV content on digital platforms.
Will this be a grey area for some networks -- slightly uncomfortable or entirely welcomed? Depends on how it is marketed.
Now back to politics: If Donald Trump were to go after, say, health insurance companies, would some voters opinions of him change?
Seems some more eye-opening changes to come. Life is complicated, TV less so -- even for those running for the highest public office in the land.