Writer of The New Yorker Report on The Apprentice: Mark Burnett and Trump Believe There’s No ‘N-Word Tape’


Over the past two-plus years there have been persistent rumors that recordings of then-reality show host Donald Trump saying the “n-word” during outtakes of The Apprentice. But the writer of a fascinating tale of the show’s Executive Producer Mark Burnett’s myth-making of Trump that led him to the White House appeared on  Morning Joe Friday morning and revealed that he didn’t believe that such a tape exists.

Patrick Radden Keefe wrote the story and appeared on Morning Joe on Friday morning to discuss the star-making machinery behind the popular competitive reality show.

The essence of the article is best exemplified by the title “How Mark Burnett Resurrected Donald Trump as an Icon of American Success With The Apprentice and talks about how the TV producer mythologized Trump, who was at the time considered a “floundering D-lister” as the ultimate titan, paving his way to the Presidency (as the article’s sub-title reads.)

The article best explains the context of the alleged “n-word” recording:

But, in the heightened political atmosphere of an impending Trump Presidency, the notional existence of more “Trump tapes” assumed a potent urgency. Last summer, Omarosa Manigault Newman, the former “Apprentice” contestant and aide to the President, reignited such speculations when she claimed to have heard a tape, recorded during the period when “The Apprentice” was made, in which Trump said the N-word. Manigault Newman produced a recording of her own, taken surreptitiously, of a conversation with two aides from the Trump campaign, in which they appeared to discuss the existence of such a tape. On the recording, one of the aides, Lynne Patton, says that she raised the issue with Trump, and that he said he had no recollection of using such language. “No, he said it,” Katrina Pierson, the other aide, interjects. “He’s embarrassed.”

On August 13, 2018, Trump denied that he had ever used racial slurs, tweeting, “@MarkBurnettTV called to say that there are no tapes of the Apprentice where I used such a terrible and disgusting word as attributed by Wacky and Deranged Omarosa.”

Fellow Morning Joe panelist, and AP reporter Jonathan Lemire asked Radden Keefe for an update on the secret tapes, to which the New Yorker writer explained that he didn’t believe an n-word tape existed. Host Joe Scarborough followed by saying that in the times that he and his wife Mika Brzezinski had spent time with Trump privately they never heard racial comments from the future president either.

Watch the clip above, courtesy of MSNBC.

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