Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Trump agrees with Mike

A few weeks ago I posted on the topic of overrated schools. Here is an excerpt:

Other common misconceptions . . . Coming soon:

2) Yale and NYU have a good business schools.

3) Penn has a good law school

4) SUNY Binghamton is a good college

Well, the other day, Trump wrote this piece for the WSJ responding to a critic of his:

The Wall Street Journal 10 March 2004

`The Apprentice' Is Real, Not Some `Gong' Show

In answer to Jeffrey Sonnenfeld's question as to why more than 18 million Americans are glued to "The Apprentice," it is because they can recognize a reality show that is realistic (Manager's Journal, "The Last Emperor," March 2 ). While I greatly appreciate what he said about me and my business on a personal basis, Mr. Sonnenfeld's lament about this show not brimming over with inspirational team leadership and "the building of coherent cultures" seems naive -- America is a capitalistic country, not a socialist state. I think intelligent viewers recognize this, and they appreciate seeing the reality of fact vs. a sitcom that is so far removed from reality that it requires a laugh track.

Further, Mr. Sonnenfeld's statement that "The Apprentice" is not a corporate reality show but a business "gong" show makes it clear to me that he is not an expert on the practicalities of running a corporation. Were he the chairman and CEO of one of the largest privately held companies in New York, I might be more inclined to listen to his critiques. Until then, I would have to say that he lacks the insight required to understand the architecture of a corporation, and his review reflects that lack of knowledge. Perhaps that is why he is a professor at Yale instead of the Wharton School of Business (my alma mater). . .

Donald J. Trump

It should come as no surprise to my readers that an enormous success such as Trump would agree with me on matter concerning academic and professional prestige.

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