As I predicted, certain sections of the media have declared all out war on President Elect Trump and its ugly. Not a day goes past without reports of new allegations; not a day goes past without reports of divisions in the Trump ranks; never mind that much of accompanying commentary is puerile and never mind that in everything Trump is portrayed in terms of 'guilty until proven innocent'.
Take for example he reported division between the President-elect and his nominees for Defense Secretary and CIA Director over 'Russia'.. Trump sez he wants good relations with Russia while General Mattis (Defense) and Congressman Pompeo (CIA) both assess Russia to be the number one threat facing the country. Has it occurred to those alleging division that the two statements are not mutually exclusive?
I hold no great brief for Trump except to acknowledge that he about to become President of the worlds number one super power. But I think the media are playing a dangerous game. They have to respect the office even though clearly they don't respect the man .... and never will. Truth be known and the media needs Trump more the Trump needs the media. He holds the cards. He can pull their accreditation to the White House; he doesn't have to have news conferences; he can talk over their collective heads to the American people direct secure in the knowledge that only 40% of Americans consider the media to be somewhat trustworthy (down from 55% in 1999). Those are not numbers to be proud of. Walter Cronkite will be turning in his grave.
The fourth estate has an important role to play in the democratic process. It seems to me they are getting close to editing themselves out of the game.