“Donald Trump’s ongoing feud with the media is not the first time a president has felt wronged by the press… Virtually every president since [Richard] Nixon [1969 – 1974] has obsessed over what they’ve seen as unfair treatment by the press.

What’s different with President Trump is that he’s taken the fight to the press, openly and with relish. Nixon worked largely behind the scenes, threatening to take away broadcasters’ licenses if they didn’t shape up. Ronald Reagan [1981 – 1989] created what amounted to a White House news service, feeding stories directly to local news outlets in order to bypass the national press. George W. Bush [2001 – 2009] extended that strategy, adding video feeds to the mix. [Bill] Clinton [1993 – 2001] and Barack Obama [2009 – 2017] relied on one-on-one interviews with reporters in an effort to get out their side of the story.” – News Coverage of Donald Trump’s First 100 Days by Thomas E. Patterson for the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy May 18, 2017.

 

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