Michael Wolff on How Media Wars Will Replace the Culture Wars in Trump Era
The new administration’s strategy is to bait the press by reveling in and courting its outrage and attention as the news moguls gamely play along.
When the other signature Donald Trump issues — Mexican walls, Obamacare, trade deals — shortly become mired in legislative and fiscal reality, and when Hillary Clinton is locked up and forgotten in Chappaqua, Trump still will have the media to kick around. Of all his issues, the media and its near-feral opposition to Trump may be the most enduring, evocative and, for him and his supporters, the most entertaining one. His sweetest victory, accomplished through derision, mockery and artful baiting of the media — a strategy that, as a delicious byproduct, yields even more coverage by it — may be over the media itself.
Little has been as bewildering and painful to journalists as Trump’s attack on them. The sense of horror and foreboding that this will continue into 2017 and beyond is existential. – READ MORE