Apparently, the real art of the deal is denying you ever offered a deal–even if you did so in front of thousands of witnesses on camera.
Senator Elizabeth Warren’s has become increasingly poised to run for president in the 2020 election as her profile has risen over the last couple years. All the while, Donald Trump has been attacking his potential future competitor by seizing on one aspect of Warren’s life and career: that she once notified officials at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard claiming Cherokee heritage, possibly in order to improve her chances of landing teaching jobs there.
President Donald Trump, who definitely never leaned on familial connections to get ahead in any way whatsoever, found Warren’s claims dubious and saddled her with the racist nickname “Pocahontas.” He has since referred to her by that name almost exclusively, each time grinning like a Lil Rascal who’s just got away with something naughty. (Take that, PC police! Racist nicknames!)
Warren has been hesitant to rise to the bait and prove her heritage, even after Trump offered a million-dollar donation to a charity of her choice for doing so. On Monday morning, however, the senator provided DNA evidence that confirms her Native American lineage goes back six to 10 generations–with a splashy website and video. Now that Warren’s taken this step to prove the authenticity of her claim, she was understandably curious about whether Donald Trump would in fact make good on his million-dollar offer. When a swarm of reporters asked him about it on Monday, though, the president responded in a way that would be unusual for anybody with less of a laissez-faire relationship to reality: He denied ever making the offer.
Here, of course, is a video of Trump making the offer:
Flashback. July 5. Trump on Elizabeth Warren: "I will give you a million dollars to your favorite charity, paid for by Trump, if you take the test and it shows you're an Indian." (via Fox) pic.twitter.com/rQ8cxHGg8s
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 15, 2018
So that settles that. The press will surely hold the president’s feet to the fire, and he will magnanimously concede that he was wrong about Warren, before apologizing for constantly mocking her for the past two years. There’s no way, instead, that it will turn out like the last time Trump made a monetary offer to someone to prove their origination: when he goaded then-president Obama to provide his birth certificate and then continued to push the birther conspiracy for several years anyway. Fast Company will be waiting in a heightened state of suspense to see which way it shakes out.
Earlier this year, FuboTV CEO David Gandler said he hopes to have a top-four streaming TV service in the United States, or even a top-three service globally. The startup still has a long way to go, though, as it’s now approaching 250,000 paid subscribers. That’s way up from 100,000 subscribers last September, but far behind Dish’s Sling TV (2.34 million as of August), AT&T’s DirecTV Now (1.8 million in the second quarter), Hulu with Live TV (1 million as of September), YouTube TV (unofficially 800,000 as of July), and PlayStation Vue (unofficially 745,000 in the second quarter).
Of course, FuboTV’s press release focuses not on subscriber numbers, but on growth, of which there’s plenty. On average, users spent 51 hours per month in the app last month, up from 11 hours in September 17, and the average subscriber is now paying $40 per month instead of $22 per month as Fubo has expanded its lineup and raised prices. And as I noted in my profile of FuboTV, the startup has beaten its larger competitors to certain technological milestones. For instance, it’s still the only live TV streaming service offering any sporting events in 4K HDR.
It’s still unclear what the endgame for FuboTV might be, but given that the startup has raised more than $150 million from companies like Sky, AMC, and 21st Century Fox, it still has the time and money to figure things out.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) today announced a $1 billion initiative to reshape how the college operates and make artificial intelligence a part of its curriculum for all students. The shakeup is being made, MIT president L. Rafael Reif said, to “prepare students of today for the world of the future” and represents the […]