Donald Trump's Media War / by marilyn salenger

Admit it I must. I'm sick and tired of hearing Donald Trump berate and insult almost all journalists because he doesn't like the questions they ask, or the stories they report or even how they look. He basically doesn't like reporters or anchors doing their jobs unless they do it his way, and he's increasingly punishing them as he sees fit. Whether its his Twitter rants, yanked credentials or even force whenever he's offended, we are witnessing the Republican presidential campaign frontrunner adding another dangerous game to his repertoire. He is dismissing the importance of freedom of the press and its role as a bedrock of democracy.

Donald Trump has obviously gone to the Spiro Agnew school of media when it comes to his dealing with news people. Nixon may have had his enemies list and Trump may be working on his own, but Vice President Agnew was Nixon's public mouth piece when it came to criticism of the media. In 1970, Agnew coined one of his better known phrases for journalists referring to them as "the nattering nabobs of negativism". This is the same man who said in a 1968 speech delivered in Detroit,Michigan, "If you've seen one city slum, you've seen them all". The role modeling rings loudly and clearly.

Repeatedly calling reporters "disgusting"... "horrible people"... as Trump did to their faces and all the viewers at home during his victory speech on Super Tuesday goes along with all that has proceeded it. Reporters covering the potential nominee are strategically placed in the back of the the room with rows of Trump supporters put in front of them. While he didn't take questions after his remarks this week, Trump has done so after past primary wins. The media has no choice but to shout their questions across the room, only to have an amazing thing happen, at least if you're watching the events on CNN. You can barely hear their questions, if you hear them at all. It appears there are no microphones being used. If there are, they have been shut off. I began to notice the lack of sound during questioning a few primaries back. At first I thought it was a network technical problem. Then I realized, in all likelihood, it was a problem Trump created just for them so the only thing we could hear were his answers.

All this from a man whose candidacy the media has helped make with its sometimes overwhelming exposure. Trump and reporters are caught in an intricate web of little or no choice. He needs them to fuel his campaign and they need to cover him because he's running for President of the United States. But Donald Trump's continued abuse against reporters is escalating, and abuse in any form is something that should be acted upon.