Trump is a threat to the media narrative and not to the media itself

Washington Post:
Are Trump’s attacks on the media a threat to freedom of the press?

Media columnist Margaret Sullivan weighs in on whether President Trump’s behavior toward the media is unusual and on what’s at risk for American democracy in this week’s podcast episode.
The media prefers a President who stoically accepts their attacks and does not fight back.  Trump refuses to accept that role, and he attacks their narratives with gusto.

The animosity of some in the media toward Trump has led them to make factual errors, while the media fact checkers imply that Trump's assertions are false.

Trump's supporters are not buying into the media narrative.  If they were smart, the media might try a less antagonistic approach.  But I fear their political biases prevent them from considering it.

Trump is not the first critic of the media, and his assertions are pretty mild compared to Gen. William Sherman:
If I had my choice I would kill every reporter in the world, but I am sure we would be getting reports from Hell before breakfast.

I hate newspapermen. They come into camp and pick up their camp rumors and print them as facts. I regard them as spies, which, in truth, they are.
Trump's responses to reports he does not like sound downright mild in comparison.


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