From Ben Shapiro at Investors’ Business Daily,
Trump has the benefit of occupying the presidency after Obama. The media was highly critical of President Bill Clinton — even they couldn’t ignore the juicy scandals dripping daily from the White House in the 1990s. They were even more critical of President George W. Bush — they were more than willing to misreport in order to undermine a war and destroy a presidency.
But then came Obama.
Obama was the first indicator that the media would simply refuse to cover stories they didn’t like about a politician they did. The media covered Clinton’s Chinagate and Travelgate. But they refused to cover the IRS scandal with the same level of vim as they would have under Bush; they downplayed the Obama administration’s involvement in the botched “Fast and Furious” gun operation scandal; and members of the mainstream media openly mocked the right’s anger over the administration’s manipulation of the 2012 Benghazi terror attack. Obama had to be protected at all costs, including the cost of the media’s credibility. More.
Reality check: The day some nerd figured out that computers could be connected via digital telephone signals was the day that kind of media started to die. The rest is tantrum.
See also: Media deep in the mud