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Monday, November 21, 2016

Trump needs an enemy, and a weakened press is it.

So here's the Trump strategy as I see it.

You can't blame Democrats for much because Republicans control the Senate, the House, the Presidency, and most of the governors and state legislators.

Blaming liberals (a subset of the Democratic party) makes even less sense. Liberals control ... what, exactly?

But, he needs The Enemy, and that's likely to be The Mainstream Media.

Note as of July 2016, Donald Trump had over 10 million Twitter followers. That's a bully pulpit.

The combined circulation of the 3 largest newspapers is considerably less. The circulation of the daily New York Times is 2.2 million (print 590,000), the Wall Street Journal 2.3 million (print 1.4 million). USA Today (hardly known for hard hitting investigative reporting) is at 3.3 million (print 1.2 million).
And, although Murdoch seems to have left the WSJ pretty much alone until recently, let's not forget it's controlled by the same person who controls Fox News.

In addition, investigative reporting is expensive at a time newspapers are losing revenue and circulation. Celebrity news is popular and cheap for all media, as are those shows on CNN where two "experts" yell over each other repetitively.

Evidently the first post-election meeting of the press with Trump was not encouraging, and was compared to a firing squad.

The meeting was off the record, but, of course,

Trump spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway told reporters the gathering went well.

“Excellent meetings with the top executives of the major networks,” she said during a gaggle in the lobby of Trump Tower. “Pretty unprecedented meeting we put together in two days.”

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