The traditional media have decided not to take President Trump's insults lying down. After what may be the strongest -- and to his supporters -- most thrilling takedown of journalists by any president, Editor and Publisher magazine featured this headline: "Newspapers Aim to Ride 'Trump Bump' to Reach Readers, Advertisers."
They may hate him, but they're going to use him: "The Trump administration's combative view of traditional news media as the 'opposition party,' and 'fake news' is turning out to be the best hope in 2017 for newspapers struggling to attract more digital readers and advertisers.
I laughed at that last line. Unbiased reporting as a sales strategy? It is because some Americans believe the reporting they consume is anything but unbiased that their trust in media is at an historical low. Americans still trust
This is the filter through which all ideas are measured and all questions constructed. Some reporters believe they have an obligation to hold leaders accountable, and they are right to a point, but they don't appear to believe anyone should hold them accountable. They think they can say anything and accuse even a president of everything. And when they're wrong, they hardly ever apologize, unless their lie is so blatant that their bosses force the issue. I can't remember the last time any journalist apologized to any president for getting facts wrong. Don't look for that to happen with this president either. The major media seem hungry to destroy him.
President Trump is an unconventional president dealing with conventional media. They don't get it. He does. Trump voters hate an establishment that has done far more for itself than it has for the country. They detest a media that trashes their traditional values, faith and beliefs. Trump is their revenge and they are thrilled to watch the media get what they believe journalists have coming.
Few people would deny the right or even the obligation of journalists to be skeptical, but, in too many instances, skepticism has become cynicism. Just think of how the media characterizes all things conservative.
Think of it this way: You own a restaurant and customers are telling you they don't like the food, your prices are too high, your restrooms are dirty and the wait staff is surly. You have two choices: address the complaints or tell your soon-to-be former customers to take their business elsewhere.
The media are like the second choice and as ratings and subscriptions sadly show, people are walking their business out the door. I seriously doubt the newspaper campaign will attract new customers. Virtuous people and noble professions usually don't have to convince others of their virtue and nobility. It is obvious. With much of the media represented at