Cesspool Party

“The deep irony underpinning the toxic relationship between the president and the White House press corp is that Trump has been an enormous financial boon for a beleaguered news industry — something reporters often joke about privately.” This is something I (worryingly) talk about with reporters all the time. The Trump era has created a new breed of personal brands in journalism. Or to put it another way: It’s A Good Time To Be A Reporter Covering Trump If You Like Money And Going On TV.

+ Another related worry of mine from WaPo: Michael Avenatti is using Trump tactics to battle Trump, a strategy that comes with risks. (The Trump backers have their aggressive narcissist, and the Trump haters have theirs. To me, that sounds like a net win for the Trumpian mode of public discourse.)

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