Understanding what Trump is doing to media

From Lauretta Brown at Townhall on his Fake News report card for media:

8. Newsweek FALSELY reported that Polish First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda did not shake President Trump’s hand.

9. CNN FALSELY reported that former FBI Director James Comey would dispute President Trump’s claim that he was told he is not under investigation.

10. The New York Times FALSELY claimed on the front page that the Trump administration had hidden a climate report.More.

Reality check: It’s partly because he’s Trump but it’s also partly because the traditional media’s social role has changed so much. Could Reagan have done this?

My impression is that in those days, the media were just not making so many obvious goofs.  But now who is replacing traditional mainstream media?

See also: Our American Friend: Media still avoiding the T-word Reality check: One way of looking at it is this: Media amassed considerable social power when they represented what the average person was thinking. Whatever you or might think about them, they just aren’t doing that any more. News media that can’t report news jostle late-night comics whose meltdowns over Donald Trump are just not funny or even interesting.