Chain of Command
Billy Bush’s cancelled appearance on NBC’s Today show is justified. But let’s take a step back and look at this with a little more distance.
It’s likely what happened in the days leading up to that 2005 interview with Donald Trump was there was a lot of coordination between Trump’s people and Bush’s managers at Access Hollywood. Mr. Trump and his “The Apprentice” were riding high in the ratings and no doubt the network really wanted his face on their program to nudge them even more.
Also no doubt, after that video was shot, everybody from the camera operator, to Mr. Bush, to someone above Mr. Bush’s in his chain of command watched the video in some edit bay somewhere. Maybe several somebodys watched it. We don’t know if that person or those people also snickered and laughed. We do know Mr. Bush did. And, as everyone who works in a company knows, management wants to know everything but wants deniability in case anything goes South.
We also know that video didn’t see the light of day until about 72 hours ago. Until then, that video and everything it represented was kept like a family secret in Access Hollywood and NBC Universal until somebody looking to juice things up remembered to go through the archive searching for any file containing the keyword “Trump”.
Like any public relations disaster, the first people to fall are the footsoldiers, the expendables. But over time, the wheels of corporate justice start to grind slowly forward like the gears in a Don Quxiote windmill and everybody gets outed.