Freedom of the press
First there’s no doubt in our mind that Trump hates bad news, that he thinks it’s a direct reflection on him and will say and tweet what he feels is necessary to discredit the offending media source. Some would say he down right lies, others that it’s hyperbole. But many also recognize that the media have been using their position as the fourth estate (a lost concept, by the way, over the previous eight years) to twist and turn stories that any unbiased person would recognize as clear bias.
Early on in the Trump administration an obvious example of bias was seen. How early? Trump’s first day. He was being observed by the media while getting organized in the oval office. One media rep from the press pool noted that the MLK bust was gone and notified the other reporters (btw, a press pool member provides insights for other press members since the oval office has limited space). Later though the reporter had to walk the claim back because the bust was actually there. So instead of reporting on an historic day, the reporter desperately jumped on the first indiscretion he could … imagine. But gee, we can understand how difficult it would have been to verify his reporting. Do you know how much work it would have been to look around the whole oval office?!
And it continues today. You can’t read the front page of a major newspaper and not see as many adjectives and adverbs as there are coming out of a night school creative writing course. Whatever happened to who, what, where, and when? Now instead of the four W’s we get the four B’s: bias, bloviate, bluster, and bellow.