Trump vs. the Media: New Sheriff in Town
At the Weekly Standard, Fred Barnes has some thoughts on the president-elect's recent press conference:
Donald Trump is in the rare position of loathing the media and dominating them—simultaneously. What more could a president-elect want as he enters the White House? Not much.
Reporters, columnists, talk radio blabbers, and even the elite media in Washington and New York think Trump is obligated to deal with them pretty much on their terms. Trump doesn't agree. The notion of catering to them has never crossed his mind. And probably never will.
Instead we get wild events like Trump's first press conference since winning the presidency. It was on his home turf at Trump Tower. He was in charge. The reporters were an unruly mob. As they tried to attract Trump's attention, he coolly surveyed them before deciding who should ask him a question. He was dominant, the press pitiful.
They've been pitiful for a long time; it's just that nobody's pointed it out quite as forcefully as Trump. A bunch of Ivy League-credentialed throne-sniffers willing to suffer any indignity as long as they can stay close to the seat of power, they've long since confused themselves with those they cover. They've violated the first rule of working for a major media organization, which is confusing their sense of self-worth with whom they represent.