Donald Trump may be the greatest thing to happen to the press since Johannes Gutenberg. He’s saved your favorite newspapers, pumping up subscriptions while flinging 50 front-page stories a day at a tumescent press corps. Each time Trump cries, “Fake news!,” someone gets a book deal or a $100,000 cable contract. He slimes a reporter on Twitter, friends order balloon letters spelling out Trump’s insult and fly them at the reporter’s birthday party.
For many in the national media, the last four years have been one big party. This is a president so enthralled with us that he installed 60-inch TVs around the White House to TiVo cable, live-tweets his reviews of the Sunday papers, and even watches HBO.