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Trump and the media: shooting the messengers

Trump rages at serious journalists who gave up on him before he began—reflecting a divided America whose two tribes have given up listening to each other

By Sam Tanenhaus   March 2017

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The new American revolution, which began on 8th November 2016, when 63m people voted for Donald Trump, has been gaining momentum, as the Republican Party rallies round him, with even diehard sceptics falling in line. But there are also growing signs of resistance—from the Democratic Party, from many among the 66m who voted for his rival and, most strikingly, from the “mainstream media,” or MSM.

This last development is the most remarkable. For nearly a century, American journalism has prided itself, however fancifully, on its Olympian…

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